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8-15-2202
The Strong Seeks Volunteers for Generation Two Program
Generation Two (G2), a new program of The Strong National Museum of Play, is looking for adult volunteers! G2 pairs volunteers with K-2 students during the school day for weekly school-based play sessions (a commitment of two hours/week) that take place from October through May. To learn more about these volunteer opportunities, contact Cathy DeBellis at cdebellis@museumofplay.org.
 

9-25-2022
Now Online: FlowerCityPhilanthropy.com
Amanda Dreher reports that the Flower City Phlianthropy website is now online and active at https://www.flowercityphilanthropy.com. The site provides news about volunteering, local events, and charitable connections.

9-16-2022
Donate Games In Good Condition
Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is asking for donations of gently used adult and children's games in good condition for our Seasons Readings Sale. Accepting games now through November 1, 2022. Please call Christine @ 585-428-8351.

9-15-2022
Information Update 2022
We like to keep information up to date! The yearly check has been completed, with listed agencies confirming or updating their information. The date at the end of each listing tells when the agency last confirmed or updated their listing. If you find a date before 2022, the listing has expired. We recommend you check with the agency for details.

9-10-2022
Why Is My Charity Not In the Listings?
Our yearly program to update all agency listings has been completed. When we have not been able to verify an agency' listing after more than a year, their listing reach agency information should have ended 9/9/22. Because of possible email errors, some agencies may not have received the correct mailings asking for updates. If the date at the bottom of your agency's listing is more than a few weeks old, we did not receive your input. Please contact us as soon as possible with your OK or updates via email to wishbook.roc@gmail.com.

8-11-2022
Trolley Rides at Transportation Museum Sunday, August 21.
Scenic Trolley Rides on Sunday, 8/21, at the The New York Museum of Transportation in Rush.

The two-mile round trip rides through the scenic Genesee Valley countryside will depart the museum at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 on August 21. No reservations are required.

Trolley cars now operated by the museum hark back to the "interurban era" of a hundred years ago when large, fast electric trolley cars offered service between Rochester and Buffalo, Syracuse and Geneva. A clean, comfortable alternative to steam trains, interurban trolleys around the country were a favorite means of travel from 1900 to the start of the Great Depression.

The museum's historic trolley ride is included with admission of $10 adults, $9 seniors (65+) and $6 youths (age 3 - 12).  Featured exhibits enjoyed by all ages include a steam locomotive, a giant model railroad, and the Midtown Plaza Monorail.  Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and visitors are urged to arrive by 3:00 for time to see everything.

The museum is located just 20 minutes south of Rochester at 6393 East River Road in Rush, one mile north of Rt. 251 (I-390 exit 11). www.nymtmuseum.org info@nymtmuseum.org    (585) 533-1113
 

8-10-2022
Veterans Free at "Heroes and Hidden Heroes" Event August 14
Lauren Coe, contact person at One Soldier at a Time, is hoping for a big turnout at the 4th Annual charity event at the Webster Fireman's Field in the village of Webster from 2 to 8 on Sunday, August 14. Advance tickets $20, regular price $30, and ALL VETERANS FREE, for dinner, live entertainment, and more.

8-10-2022
September Golf to Help Local Charities
Golf  Tournaments Help Local Charities
  • St. Peter's Kitchen 6th Annual Golf Tournament:  Friday, September 9, 2022, at Eagle Vale Golf Course in Fairport.
      St. Peter's Kitchen  •  Join by registering online.

  • Volunteers of America Golf Tournament: Monday, September 12, 2022, at Locust Hill Country Club.
    Cheryl Marshall 585-736-2487  •  https://www.voaupny.org/events

7-24-2022
7/24 Free Day at Transportation Museum SOLD OUT, But ..

The 7/24 event at the New York Museum of Transportation 7/24 is SOLD OUT.,  but consider attending on
Riverton Day: Sunday, July 17. 

Family-friendly prices ($10 or less) and no reservations required for trolley rides.


7-15-2022
Searching for Great Bargains Fridays at St. Michael's
Every Friday from 10 to 5: High-quality merchandise at bargain prices. Includes antiques, collectibles, athletic equipment, electronics, and other items that are not basic household items.
Location is the St. Vincent DePaul Store in the basement of St. Michael's Hall. Find it at 124 Evergreen St. (behind 869 Clinton Avenue, access from Clifford Avenue.)
Stock Includes antiques, collectibles, athletic equipment, electronics, and other items that are not basic household items. Quality merchandise at bargain prices. Proceeds raised at the sale go to support the St. Vincent De Paul Ministry to help the poor in our parish live a better life.

7-12-2022
New Contact Person at Salvation Army
Welcome to Michael Gilbert, new Director of Development at the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester. Mike is the person to contact if you have Wish List items to donate, or would like to volunteer. We wish him success in his new position.

6-20-2022
MINO Critical Needs: Formula, Baby items
Mothers In Need of Others (MINO): critical need for formula, especially Enfamil Neuropro (yellow can) and Enfamil Gentlease (purple can). If you are a former user and have unopened, unexpired cans left over to donate, please call 585-348-8596 or email mothersinneedofothers@gmail.com. See their listing on this website for other critically needed baby needs and other items.

6-15-2022
BBQ Friday 6/17 - Dimitri House
You like Chicken BBQ and we know you love to support Dimitri House. 
We've got your meal planned for June 17:
 
Drive-through chicken BBQ prepared by Sticky Lips:
Pickup Friday, June 17th, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $15/dinner. Proceeds to support Dimitri House programs
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 43 Gebhardt Road, Penfield
 
Includes one-half chicken, BBQ beans, macaroni salad, and cornbread.
 
Sticky Lips is taking online orders up until Friday morning. 
This is really your last chance to lock in your dinner! Do it today!
Don't chance it. There will be limited walk-up dinners! 
 
Buy your tickets today!
Purchase tickets online at sticky lips website https://stickylipsbbq.ticketleap.com/the-dimitri-house-inc/
 
This fundraising event will support Dimitri House programs that served more than 5,300 people in need last year.

6-13-2022
Volunteers Needed to Make Audio Broadcasts for Blind and Visually Impaired People
Yours can be the voice that provides news and other published material to blind and visually impaired people in western and central New York state.The Niagara Frontier Radio Recording Service needs Rochester volunteers to read and record broadcasts of news, books, and other publications. If you like to read and have the means to record (computer, laptop, smart phone, etc.), your broadcast can be the high point of a listener's day. Please see nfradioreading.org for information.

6-08-2022
New York Museum of Transportation Now Open Sundays 11-4
The popular transportation museum at 6393 East River Rd, W. Henrietta, NY, is now open for the 2022 season. A great destination at family-friendly prices. Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.

5-07-2022
Breast Cancer Coalition Still Needs Volunteers for May 7 Pink Ribbon Walk & Run

You can help on May 7 at Genesee Valley Park for the Annual Pink Ribbon Walk & Run. Individuals and groups can call Carly Euler at 585-473-8177. 
Greatest needs on SATURDAY, May 7th:
- Parking Assistants: 7-12 people from 6 am to 9 am
- Nutrition Station Set Up (must be able to carry heavy boxes): 7-10 people from 6 am to 7:30 am
- Walk/Run Course Marshals: 5-7 people from 8:15 am to 10 am
- Sag Bikers (one behind the last runner & one behind the last walker): 2 people with bikes from 8:30 am to 10:30 am 

 

5-06-2022
Still Time to Join the Dimitri House Virtual Walk-a-Thon
You Can Join the Dimitri House Virtual Walk-a-Thon through Friday, May 6.
You can still sign up and get out there and walk!
The virtual SPRING into ACTION Walk-A-Thon enables anyone to participate on their own time and at their own pace - whether you walk as a family, with coworkers, or just individually! 
Register at This Link.

5-06-2022
Still Time to Join the Dimitri House Virtual Walk-a-Thon
You Can Join the Dimitri House Virtual Walk-a-Thon through Friday, May 6.
You can still sign up and get out there and walk!
The virtual SPRING into ACTION Walk-A-Thon enables anyone to participate on their own time and at their own pace - whether you walk as a family, with coworkers, or just individually! 
Register at This Link.

4-28-2022
Mothers In Need of Others (MINO)
MINO has been hit hard by COVID and the economy. They have a CRITICAL need for baby care items, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. If you can help, please call 585-348-8596 or email mothersinneedofothers@gmail.com to set up a time to donate.

4-25-2022
Loop Industries Food Pantry Now Open In New Location
Loop Ministries Food Pantry (www.loopministries.org) has relocated to Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, 597 East Avenue at Goodman Street (across the road from the Rochester Museum and Science Center). Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 12pm.

4-06-2022
Tour De Cure Needs Volunteers for June 11 Event
Tour De Cure, a special event of the Upstate NY American Diabetes Association,  needs volunteers for • event setup  • route signage  • registration
• volunteer check-in  • rest stop  • parking  • traffic control  
• start/ finish line cheer team  • lunch tent and more.
Register at  http://signup.com/go/upstatetour2022.

3-24-2022
Wishbook Charity Guide - New Listings
New Listings Added to Rochester's Community Wishbook Charity Guide:
Pirate Toy Fund needs new, unwrapped toys.
Sunset House needs volunteer caregivers.
Recovery All Ways needs grocery items and clothing for folks living with substance abuse disorders, mental illness, homelessness.

3-16-2022
Can You Be a Friend?

Dimitri House is actively seeking volunteers to support residents in its permanent housing initiative at Mamczur Place.
These residents need a personal touch, a friend to help them figure out the bus system; a friend to help them budget, shop for groceries, learn how to cook and clean their apartment.
Can you be that friend? If so please contact Laurie Jones-Prizel, Executive Director, at 585-325-1796.


3-09-2022
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 maggierny@gmail.com or 585-338-2420.


3-08-2022
Wayne County Action Program
The Wayne County Action Program has joined the Wishbook. Volunteers needed for small maintenance projects, office work, community service projects. All ages, any time.

3-02-2022
Volunteer DJ Available for Charity Events

Charities: Mr. Bob Riley has been contributing his time and talent as a DJ or MC for several years. Music can be a big factor in increasing morale. Contact Bob at (robert.riley@omh.ny.gov) or 585-241-1345 (days).


1-15-2022
Charities: Now Listing Your 2022 Fundraising Events.
2022 Calendar events: Just send details about your events to wishbook.roc@gmail.com. If you do not have all the details, let us print a 'Save the Date' entry for you.

1-06-2022
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.
 

1-04-2022
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.

1-04-2022
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.

1-01-2022
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 communitywishbook.org.

12-15-2021
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.

12-14-2021
Wishbook Article in Democrat and Chronicle
Preview of a Wishbook article appears today at www.democratandchronicle.com/news (#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.

12-13-2021
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


12-08-2021
WINTER CLOTHING LIST (printable)

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


12-08-2021
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.

5-31-2002
St. Peter's Kitchen: New Director, Golf Tournament, and More!
Congratulations and best wishes to Patty Lorenzen on her retirement after more than 21 years of service with St. Peter's Kitchen. The new Executive Director is Mr. Kelly Finnigan. St. Peter's annual golf tournament will be September 9 at Eagle Vale (see Special Events). Also, backpack donations for the next school year can now be dropped off M-F, 8 to 2, until August 15.

4-26-2002
Only 5 Slots Left for 5/23 Open Door Mission Golf Classic
There are only five foursome slots left for this year's ODM Golf Classic at Midvale Country Club on May 23. If you wait until signup deadline (May 16), you may be too late. Registration and details at
https://birdease.com/ODM2020GolfClassic2022.