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Rochester's Community Wishbook

About the Wishbook - Purpose & History



by getting rid of items you no longer use.



by donating them to a charity that needs them.

Link to Items Needed Index



  1. Because you have cleaned up your living space.

  2. Because you have kept your still-useful items out of the landfill.

  3. AND ... Because you know you have helped a local charity do its good work. THANKS!

Making Your Donation Directly to an Agency That Needs It

One of the many things we like about living in Rochester is the great number of charitable organizations, made up of people whose purpose every day is to help others. Another is the generosity of the many donors and volunteers who help the agencies accomplish their good work.

The primary purpose of the Wishbook is to give ALL local charities -- large and small -- an opportunity to get their message to the public. The listings help link potential donors and volunteers with an agency that has a specific need for their still-useful items or their volunteer skills.

Downsizing? Moving? Cleaning out your attic or basement? You may have accumulated many items that could be used by the less fortunate in our community. Are you replacing an item with a newer purchase? Instead of storing the old one in your attic, consider donating it to someone who can use it right now! You may have clothing that no longer fits. It could provide someone an outfit to wear for a job interview, or help keep someone warm this winter.

Of course, it takes a little effort to use the Index pages on this website to send an email or call an agency to make arrangements for pickup or dropping off items they need; however, it can feel good to know that your item will be put to good use by someone who really needs it.

Each year, generous donors use the Wishbook to donate items directly to local organizations that need them. Volunteers use the Wishbook to find agencies who are looking for their specific volunteer skills.

The Wishbook website contains no ads, is run by volunteers, and will NOT sell your information. It is updated often, so please check back often. Thank you!

A Brief Wishbook History

The Volunteer Forum and the American Red Cross produced the first Community Wishbook in 1966. The Junior League of Rochester (JLR) took over the reins in 1985. From 1993 through 1996, the JLR collaborated with the Greater Rochester Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in organizing and distributing the Wishbook.

After a two-year hiatus, the publication was revived in 1999 by local volunteers Nona and Jim Maurer. In the year 2000, they established a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation called Helping Community Charities for the specific purpose of producing the Wishbook as an annual free publication.

In the years since 1999, volunteer needs were added, Indexes were included. The once-a year printed "'book" has been replaced by the website. Agencies are contacted regularly to be sure their their information is up to date.

A special thanks goes to former sponsors Messenger Post Media, for supporting the print version until 2019; and to other sponsors who have helped along the way.