Welcome to Rochester's
Community Wishbook

Website last updated: March 23, 2017

Your Guide to Charities in and around Rochester, NY                    

The Wishbook provides a central source for Rochester charities to list their Items Needed and Volunteer Needs, as well as Special Events that help the agencies raise funds.

Use the listings to find a charity that needs your donated item or volunteer skill. Follow the link to the agency's page, and call or email the agency to arrange for delivery or pickup of a listed item, or for details on volunteering.

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  • MARCH 2017
    WISH of the MONTH:

    Charities that need:

  • VOLUNTEERS for gift shops and retail sales; and

  • VOLUNTEERS for telephone calling and counseling.

  • Use THIS LINK to see the article.

Donation Note: Some agencies report that they have received donations of partially-used containers of personal care/hygiene items.

Please be sure that all personal care items and toiletries, as well as cleaning supplies, are NEW and unopened. Thank you!

FEATURED CHARITIES in weekly POST Newspapers (March 23 issues)

Girl Scouts of Western New York

No One Left Behind

Click on charity name for detailed information.

Notre Dame Learning Center, Inc. is soliciting donors to place ads or personal messages on placemats that will be used at their Ham Dinner dinner on April 30.. Your contribution of $25 or more entitles you to place an ad, business card or other greeting on our dinner placemats. For detsails, see the April 30 listing on the Wishbook Special Events Calendar.

Special Need:
Hill Haven - Rochester General Long-Term Care is looking for volunteers to sew some door barriers. Very easy. Supplies will be provided. Please contact Kathy VanAcker at 585-922-2325.


The BIG Ronald McDonald Spring Household Sale will be held from May 10 to 13, 2017.

The next two Wednesdays (March 22 & 29) are Donation Dropoff Days. For guidelines, please see the March 22 listing on the Wishbook Special Events Calendar. Want to join the fun?  Volunteers are needed!





You may have many items that could be used by the less fortunate in our community.

When items, including clothing and toys, are replaced will you add them to the clutter in your closet, basement, or attic? Why not give the replaced items to charities that can use them right now!


  • The 2016-2017 Printed Wishbook

    Find copies at free-literature racks around town.
    ocal library branches also have copies. 

    If you would like a copy, or need copies for your groupplease send an email with address & quantity to wishbook@rochester.rr.com.

    THANKS to sponsors of the printed version:
    MP Media 
    and Ronald McDonald House.

    MP Media has supported local charities for many years by printing the Wishbook and publishing periodic articles that help the agencies.
     Ronald McDonald House is a repeat sponsor.

Thanks to all who have donated items or volunteered their time to help a local charity.
... If you have something to donate, and cannot make a connection using this site, contact us at wishbook@rochester.rr.com.

Note: The Wishbook does not accept donations or keep an inventory of items.
Please use the information you find here to make arrangements directly with the agency.


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Please Recycle
For items that cannot be donated, see Monroe County's Residential Recycling Guidelines.

Most Monroe County residential waste items, including computers & other electronics, are accepted for recycling at Ecopark, 10 Avion Drive (off Paul Road), during their regular hoursThere is no fee for disposing of these items and no appointment is necessary.
For more information including hours of operation, directions, and a list of materials accepted, visit www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark or call 585-753-7600 (option #3).


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The Community Wishbook is a service of
Helping Community Charities,
incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization
June 20, 2000, in Rochester, NY.

About the Wishbook

Please send comments, suggestions, corrections, etc. to wishbook@rochester.rr.com.

All material on this website
© 2016 Helping Community Charities, Rochester NY

Wishbook Coordinator Nona Maurer 
Website Coordinator Jim Maurer

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