About Us

Who We Are

About Us

Contact RARES

312 West Commercial Street
East Rochester, NY 14445
Phone: (585) 789-0245
Email: raresbod@gmail.com

What we do . . .

RARES is many things to many people. First and foremost, we are an association dedicated to promoting and bettering the benefits packages of our member companies and improving the professionalism of their HR & Benefits staffs.

RARES is dedicated to promoting Employee Services and Recreational programs as an integral factor in sound business management principles and workforce readiness initiatives by providing education, networking and resources to those of you responsible for employee morale programs.

Employee morale managers typically work in the human resource departments of organizations. They are responsible for managing employee services, including recreation programs, community services, recognition programs, event planning, childcare/eldercare services, convenience services, and travel offerings. Employee Morale and Recreation Association exists to enhance the employee services profession through education, peer networking and discounts on products and services.

RARES, a member-supported, not-for-profit organization, supports activities in the community that benefit children and health services.

RARES offers discounts on products and services to its membership. The association hosts professional development seminars on topics ranging from human resource issues to those involving marketing and production.

To the HR representatives and benefits representatives who serve as the interface between RARES and their respective companies, we are an invaluable resource - providing cost effective employee benefits with ease.

To the companies who join RARES to promote their products or services through the discounts offered to our larger membership, the association is the most cost effective method of promotion available.

To our more than 330,000 individual General Members (and their families), we are a source of savings on everything from food to legal services to amusement and recreation.

RARES does not accept paid advertising. Members do not pay a fee for placement or special placement of information on the RARES web site. Member companies, including Associate Member (vendor) companies, may pay a membership fee to be a current member of the association. The association may obtain revenue (i.e., commissions) from purchases of online merchandise offered at a discount on the RARES web site.

RARES supports the activities of youth and not-for-profit organizations working within the communities we serve. Toward this end, we have provided assistance either in the form of direct contributions or gifts-in-kind to support the activities of organizations such as The Golisano Children's Hospital, The Childfirst Network, Action for a Better Community, the Society for the Protection and Care of Children, the Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric Heart Unit at Rochester General Hospital (Sands-Constellation Heart Institute), the Friends of Strong Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester, Stepping Stones Learning Center, Mary Cariola Children's Center, Planned Parenthood, Aids Care Rochester (now Trillium Health), Alasa Farms, Canandaigua YMCA, Rochester YMCA, Easter Seals of NY, the Italian American Community Center (Rochester), Plaza Sports Medicine, Highland Hospital, Bushnell's Basin Volunteer Fire Department, Sodus Recreation, Artisan Works, WXXI, Jazz 90.1, the Genesee Country Village and Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Children's Tumor Foundation at the University of Rochester.

The association does endorse the companies who are members of RARES and encourages RARES members to support these organizations with their purchases. Likewise, the association takes complaints of alleged violations of discount offerings seriously and asks that the membership report any concerns immediately to the RARES Board. The association will make every effort to investigate and if necessary mediate a resolution and may take action for violations including revocation of membership for violations of RARES policy and procedures.

Our association is RARES - the Regional Area Recreation and Employee Services Association.

What is RARES?

RARES is a professional organization chartered in 1983 (originally as the Rochester Area Recreation and Employee Services Association), to assist in offering employee benefits and discounts on area products and services to its membership. Our wide variety of programs and services include human resource seminars and education.

RARES offers two types of membership - Associate Members, or vendors, who provide discounts on goods or services to the RARES membership, and General Members, who are the businesses that join to offer these same discounts to their employees. Our General Members presently represent more than 300,000 employees in NY with almost 200,000 more nationwide.

All General Members nominate a RARES Representative to serve as their contact point with RARES and who disseminates information to that company's employees. Most of these RARES representatives are Human Resource Directors or Benefits Specialists who work in employee benefits, services, and/or recreation fields. In essence, the association exists to both increase employee retention and build corporate morale. We encourage you to click on the FAQs link (above left) for those Frequently Asked Questions for answers to many of your questions.

As a not-for-profit, all membership fees collected from RARES members go to support the undertakings of the organization which include educational activities in the areas of human resource management and employee relations as well as charitable undertakings aimed at providing access to recreation venues for underprivileged youth in our region.

What is the Purpose of RARES?

The purpose of the association is to bring together individuals representing employees in the Upstate New York area from businesses and organizations, who are interested in promoting various activities, events, products and services that would be beneficial to their respective employees. We are a not-for-profit that exists to supplement the benefits offerings of our respective employer members.

What RARES does for its General Members . . .

General Member organizations are the businesses, associations, or not-for-profits that join to offer RARES discounts to their employees or members. Recently, we have also extended this opportunity to individuals or families as well.

Our General Membership companies pay an annual fee to access time saving resources, tools, and information about discounts and free services available to their employee members. Annual membership fees vary between $90 and $450 depending upon company size. Click here for general membership cost information). RARES provides the following service to our General Members:

  1. HRCI continuing education credit for HR professionals.
  2. Self-contained discount information conveniently displayed on this website.
  3. Regular newsletter mailings with new discount information.
  4. Often, the most significant discounts available in the Rochester area.
  5. One stop-shopping for consignment tickets – the opportunity to purchase tickets (consignment and pre-pay) from one vendor (the RARES office) as opposed to many separate entities.
  6. If a company does not wish to participate in the consignment ticket program, their employees may purchase tickets normally available on consignment directly from the RARES office - reducing time demands upon company personnel.
  7. Minimized time spent talking with sales reps concerning discounts.
  8. Easy employee access to discount information via the website.
  9. Opportunity to network with other professionals about employee benefits and needs.

Employee services and recreation programs create positive work environments for employees. Through a RARES membership you will be able to network and enhance your employee services and recreation programs. This results in:

  • Increased Productivity
  • Increased Motivation
  • Improved Morale
  • Improved Attendance
  • Improved Teamwork and Camaraderie Among Employees
  • Reduced Turnover

These benefits promote healthy activities for employees and their families, lead to better relations between employers and employees and save companies millions of dollars!

What RARES does for its Associate Members . . .

Associate Members, or vendors, provide discounts on goods or services to the general RARES membership

Associate Membership in RARES is paid annually (and may be less for not-for-profit or out-of-area companies). For more about associate membership levels, click here.

Directory

The RARES Service Directory is published annually (updated regularly) and available to all General Members. It contains information about each of our Associate Members (vendors) programs and is used as a resource by the General Member Representatives members when they are promoting your program or service to their employees or need answers to often asked questions concerning your program or service (i.e., costs, hours, limitations, etc.)

A complete mailing, e-mail, and telephone list of the RARES representatives within our General Membership population (typically Human Resource Directors and Benefits Specialists) is also available at a small charge to our Associate Members - providing you with an excellent means for creating the opportunity for one-on-one contact.

Newsletters

Our online newsletter is published at the beginning of each month with a distribution of 50,000+ and is available (space permitting) for promoting your program at no extra charge.

Web Site Marketing

RARES also helps you promote your products through our web site. Banner ads, vendor profiles and links to your company's web site are all available. If a RARES member agrees to offer your program they will distribute promotional materials and sell the program to their employees and their families.

The most successful Associate Members in RARES are those who truly offer a real value and significant discount on their product or service coupled with a good promotional program and a strong desire to work closely with the RARES association and its members.

Vendor Fairs

At least one Vendor Fair is held each year. One is always held in the Spring and one may be held in the Fall, depending upon member demand. Fairs in the past have been held at the RIT Inn & Conference Center, Artisan Works, the RMSC, Genesee Country Village and Museum, the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside, and the Dome Center). Our Spring Vendor Fair typically features a casino gaming event with The Dealers and educational and professional development seminars for our General Member Representatives. These popular events are an opportunity for Associate Members to showcase their program to our General Members and provide the opportunity to network with General Representatives face-to-face. There is a for participating vendors. Fees typically range from $100 to $200 depending upon the venue.