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Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


Coffee Connection/Project Empower

681 South Avenue
Rochester , NY 14620
Phone: 585-442-2180
Contact: Joy Bergfalk

The Coffee Connection/Project Empower (under Life Listening Resources) sells fair-trade, organically grown, sustainability farmed coffee which we roast at our South Avenue site. We offer employment training and sober support for people in recovery from addiction. In addition to the Coffee Connection on South Avenue, we also have a location at the Marketplace Mall Food Court (585-978-8960), 1 Miracle Mile Drive, Rochester 14623. We create jobs, and participate in neighborhood renewal and social entrepreneurship.

Wish List:
  • company car (deliveries and errands)
  • laptops: new or recently used
  • deli food slicer
  • electric Burr Grinder that can handle 16 oz of beans
  • vacuum sealer and bag material
  • induction burner
  • hoppers for retail coffee beans 
  • vacuum cleaner
  • office supplies: ink for printers  Epson 127, Post-it notes, pens (black ink), pencils (wood), Scotch tape, Wite-Out, postage stamps, envelopes, packaging tape, highlighters, electric pencil sharpener, Sharpie markers, stamp pad ink (black squirt bottle)
  • sign holders (tabletop for 8.5 X 11)
  • copy paper for computer printers (white and colored), 32# paper (8.5 x 11) 
  • large sign, new
  • extension cords: heavy duty 15 to 20 feet
  • Coffee Connection table cloth
  • gift cards to buy supplies: Wegmans, Aldis, Staples, Costco, Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Restaurant Depot, gas cards
  • drink and food thermometers: restaurant quality digital
  • airpots: metal lined, large and small
  • cleaning supplies: Dawn dish soap, bleach, multi purpose cleaner (Fabuloso), hand soap, Windex, bathroom cleaner, Lysol disinfectant spray air freshener, tall kitchen garbage bags, 30 gallon garbage bags
  • washcloths, hand towels. (terry cotton for rags)
  • push broom, small
  • food: all- purpose flour, white sugar, light brown sugar, confectioners sugar, Bobs Red Mill 1:1 gluten-free flour, eggs, Half and Half, whole milk, heavy cream, unsalted butter, Philadelphia cream cheese, canned beans, your excess home grown veggies
  • paper products: paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex tissue
  • food preparation supplies: baking sheets, large muffin tins
  • food server gloves (loose type), non-latex gloves (medium and large, vinyl OK) 
  • commercial rubber mats for standing 3 x 5 feet
  • Rubbermaid bins 18 gallon (lids not needed)
  • wood cutting boards 18 x 24 
  • aprons, full body
  • non-stick frying pans
  • liquid measuring cups
  • fish tubs (11.5 x 15.5  deep) can use 10+
  • knife sharpener
  • stock pot commercial 16 or 20 quart
  • kitchen timer
  • beverage shaker 32 oz stainless 
  • Cambros: 8 quart, 12 quart, 16 quart
  • canisters for dry goods

Volunteers Needed:
  • Help with advertising/marketing.
  • Help maintain our social media presence.
  • Help with holding CC events!!
  • Help women with their needs (housing, transportation, clothing, food, toiletries)
  • Renovation related.
  • Help with sales.
  • To teach latte arts (designs).

Information reviewed by agency 6/2/23. (Wish List updated.)