Welcome to Rochester's
Community Wishbook

Website last updated: April 1, 2015

Your Guide to Charities in and around Rochester, NY

                          ... linking item donors and volunteers to local not-for-profit 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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Would You be a Wishbook HERO?


Can you help get donations from donors to charities?


From time to time, someone has a generous donation that is too large to fit in a regular-size vehicle. 

If you own a larger vehicle (cargo van, pickup or full-size truck) and are willing to help on an “as needed” basis, please send an email to Nona Maurer at wishbook@rochester.rr.com.



Teen Volunteer Opportunities Page 



Electrician for this year's Hilton Apple Fest.
Please call or email now to make arrangements.

Contact Matt Ulakovic at 585-298-7848 or  Matt@hiltonapplefest.org. 

This Week's
Featured Charities

in POST newspapers dated

Angels of Mercy, Inc.

LDA Life and Learning Services

Click on charity name for details. 


THE FRIENDLY HOME is looking for FABRIC donations, especially cotton or flannels, in 1/4- to 1/2-yard pieces.

Please send an email to Linda Morrow if you can help: Lmorrow@friendlyhome.org.


Agencies are looking for volunteers to help
as board members,
with grant writing,
public relations,
advertising and marketing.

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

Of course, every agency also welcomes monetary gifts, abut everyone appreciates it when you take the time & effort to donate those still-useful ITEMS when you are decluttering, downsizing, or reorganizing.

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

Note: If you don’t drive and have Wish List items to donate, we may be able to help with light loads (up to 25-30 lbs) that will fit in a standard-size vehicle.

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

2014-2015 Printed Wishbook

The printed Wishbook may still be found in some free-literature racks and at local library branches.

For a copy or multiple copies for your group, send an email with address to wishbook@rochester.rr.com.

Thanks to Messenger Post Media, producers of POST Newpapers for printing the Wishbook and for supporting local charities by publishing periodic articles and ads that spotlight local agencies. 

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
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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
© 2015 Helping Community Charities, Rochester NY

Wishbook Coordinator Nona Maurer 
Website Coordinator Jim Maurer

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