Welcome to Rochester's
Community Wishbook

Website last updated: January 28, 2015

Your Guide to Charities in and around Rochester, NY

                          ... linking item donors and volunteers to local nonprofit agencies

The Wishbook features Wish Lists of Items Needed and Volunteers Needed by more than 175 Rochester-area charitable agencies.

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.

Donated items should be clean, useable, and in good condition, with no missing pieces or pages (puzzles, games, books, etc.). Clothing should be clean, and not torn or stained. When in doubt, contact the charity

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

Replacing an item with a newer purchase? Instead of adding to the clutter in your closet, basement, or attic consider donating the old item to a charity
that can use it now! 

Do you have clothing in your closet that is still good, but no longer fits your needs? It could give someone an outfit to wear for a job interview, or help keep a person warm this winter.


Monthly Wish for January 

Charities that need

Tools and Home Improvement Supplies

Link to Article

 Charities that need


Link to Clothing List

This Week's
Featured Charities

in POST newspapers dated

CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

Click on charity name for details.


DePaul has knitting groups that could really use some.
Please contact Marcia Dlutek 
at 585-428-8000 x3100 or  mdlutek@depaul.org.



The primary purpose of the Wishbook is to provide charities with donated ITEMS and volunteers they need.

Of course, every agency welcomes monetary gifts, and some include them in their Wish List; however, it takes just a little time & effort to donate those still-useful ITEMS when you are decluttering, downsizing, or reorganizing.

Thanks for donating your items to a local agency, and keeping good items out of the landfill.



If you don’t drive and have Wish List items to donate, we may be able to deliver the items for you: light loads only (up to 25-30 lbs) and no bulky items that will not fit in a normal-size vehicle.

You choose the charity from the Wishbook listings, email or call their contact person to be sure the items are still needed, and email us at wishbook@rochester.rr.com with the details.


NOTE: This is a limited service and is intended only for those who have no other means of delivering the items.


2014-2015 Printed Wishbook

 Made possible by


Thanks to MP MEDIA, producers of POST Newpapers,
for supporting local charities by publishing the annual print version of the Wishbook, as well as periodic articles in POST Newspapers that spotlight local agencies.

Link to MPNnow


Look for the printed Wishbook in free-literature racks at Rochester-area places of business. Also, at mall boards at Greece Ridge and Marketplace Malls, and in many local library branches.

For single copies – or multiple copies for your group – send an email with your mailing address to  wishbook@rochester.rr.com.

Print Version is also available as a PDF File: LINK to PDF

Thanks to all who have donated items or volunteered their time to help a local charity. Please ... 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 hours.
There 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)  NOTE: Hours have changed for 2015. Visit the listed website or call for new hours of operation. 


Website construction and service by andrewm@rochester.rr.com
Highly recommended!

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
© 2015 Helping Community Charities, Rochester NY

Wishbook Coordinator Nona Maurer 
Website Coordinator Jim Maurer

Links to other Rochester-area websites:


United Way of Greater Rochester - Volunteers

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