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Rochester's Community Wishbook

Maggie Needs Refrigerators

Maggie Harris at Community Lutheran Ministry, 942 Joseph Ave., sends the following request:

"We are trying to locate some Refrigerators for the Ministry.
  Please help - we can pick up. Thanks." 

You can reach Maggie at or 585-338-2420.

Charities: Now Listing Your 2022 Fundraising Events.
2022 Calendar events: Just send details about your events to If you do not have all the details, let us print a 'Save the Date' entry for you.

Catholic Charities Combine
Catholic Family Charities and Catholic Charities Community Services have combined. The new organization is called Catholic Charities Family and Community Services. Their new combined Wish List can be viewed at

Major Changes to Coffee Connection's Wish List
Joy Bergfalk at Coffee Connection has started the new year by providing a major update to their Wish List. You may have some of the items they have added. New list at Coffee Connection/Project Empower.

Wishbook? Where's the Book?
The Community Wishbook did indeed start out (in the mid-1960s) as a booklet, published once a year, listing items (mostly used) that local charities needed. The annual booklet was joined, and eventually replaced, by this website where listings can now be updated daily instead of yearly. The Wishbook name has been retained to connect the with the enthusiastic work done by earlier organizations
to bring the needs of local charities to the public.

Brightstar Needs Volunteer Drivers
Brightstar Community, Inc. has an immediate need for drivers to grocery stores, prescription pickups, and meeting dropoffs and pickups. Please contact Sue Kirby.

Thanks To the Good Guys
Happy New Year, and thanks to all of the Wishbook users who donated wish-list items to Rochester charities last year. Now is a good time to donate any still-good items that you no longer use. Wish Lists are posted and cross-indexed by category at

New Listing: Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services
Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services has a new listing on the Wishbook website. The agency's purpose is to assist refugees as they strive to be self-sustaining neighbors while maintaining their own cultural heritage.

Wishbook Article in Democrat and Chronicle
Preview of a Wishbook article appears today at (#11 under 'More Stories').
The printed article will appear in Sunday's (December 19) printed edition. Thanks to the D&C for helping get the word out.

Got Buttons To Donate?

A recent offer from a donor who had a collection of old buttons received four quick responses from agencies with craft projects, etc. The original collection is gone, but the following agencies are still looking for old buttons. If you can help, please contact the agencies directly:

Depaui       Mary Cariola Children's Center    •    Monroe Community Hospital

Barbara Legler Retiring from Strong Health
As of December 17, 2021, Barbara Legler will be retiring from Strong Behavioral Health. Congratulations and best wishes to Barbara. Welcome to new contact person Laura Chase. The agency/department is now called Strong Mental Health and Wellness.


Winter Clothing

The following agencies are gratefully accepting warm, clean winter clothing that you no longer use. For detailed information about the charity, see their page on the website.

o   Agape Haven of Abundance (coats, sweaters, hats)    585-434-0109

o   Asbury First Storehouse (shoes, coats, and boots)       585-473-0950

o   Birthright of Rochester (mittens, hats, snowsuits)          585-385-2100

o   Carlson MetroCenter YMCA (children's winter clothes 585-263-4267

o   Catholic Charities Community Services (hats, gloves)  585-339-9800 x378

o   Catholic Family Center (CFC) (winter coats, boots)      585-546-7220 x7022

o   Center for Youth Services (gloves, hat, scarves)           585-473-2464

o   Delphi Rise (winter items)                                              585-467-2230 x428

o   Dimitri House (winter apparel)                                        585-325-1796

o   Easterseals NY (winter hats & gloves, snow pants)       585-957-7206

o   Focus Pregnancy Help Center (adult jackets, coats)     585-200-9477

o   Friendship Children's Center (child snow pants, boots)  585-342-7250 

o   Greece Food Shelf & Clothing Closet (winter clothes)  585-397-2192

o   House of Mercy (boots)                                                  585-546-2580 x106

o   Irondequoit Community Cupboard (coats)                      585-336-9107

o   The Margaret Home (for babies and children)                585-673-8008

o   Mission Share (winter hats, gloves, coats)                      585-368-0744

o   Oregon Leopold Child Care Center (winter clothing)     585-288-0074

o   Planned Parenthood (winter coats, hats, gloves, etc.)  585-546-7771 x1296

o   Recovery Houses of Rochester (men's clothing)           585-802-8709

o   Refugees Helping Refugees                                          585-563-7747

o   St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (winter outerwear)    585-353-9882

o   Saint's Place (winter coats)                                            585-385-6860

o   The Salvation Army (hats, gloves, scarves)                   585-987-9500 x2320

o   Villa of Hope (new coats and sweatshirts)                      585-865-1550