PO Box 77380

Rochester, NY 14617

Conkey Cruisers Inc.

Conkey Cruisers is a 501-(c)(3) non-profit neighborhood organization founded in 2012, by Nurse Thersa Lou Bowick BSN, RN, with a mission to get neighbors moving towards a more active healthy and happy lifestyle. All services are free and are primarily used by under-served populations: minorities, women, children, seniors, disabled individuals, Veterans, and low-income families. Conkey Cruisers’ award-winning cycling, tennis and wellness initiatives address health disparities using the connected communities’ approach. The initiatives are designed on the premise that community-based activities connected to physical, mental and emotional health improve wellbeing. Activities are based on understanding the changing nature of communities, strengthening collaboration, enhancing quality of life, highlighting history, family and culture especially in neighborhoods like Conkey Avenue, where community assets are often overshadowed by crime and despair. Conkey Cruisers celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022. The organization has expanded from a grass root neighborhood wellness initiative, to a global phenomenon, cultivating communities in Rochester, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, Antigua and Barbuda-West Indies and Honolulu, Hawaii. Conkey Cruisers vision is that Neighbors will inspire Neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices and pursue happiness.

We focus on: Health, Community Benefit and Economic Development

Where we are: Monroe

We have a matching grant!

Conkey Cruisers is escalating from Bikes-to-Flights

Conkey Cruisers is seeking a matching donor to secure funding for five middle and/or high school students to attend OBAP's Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academy in 2023. OBAP's Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academy provides middle and high school youth with exposure to opportunities in aerospace through week-long summer academies. Endorsed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), OBAP has played a leading role in establishing ACE Academies nationwide to introduce, educate and guide diverse students towards careers in aerospace. In 1992, OBAP partnered with the FAA to support two ACE Academies reaching 41 students. In 1994, the organization co-sponsored 17 academies and reached more than 400 students. To date, OBAP’s 30+ ACE Academies have engaged more than 30,000 youth.


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