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Rochester's Community Wishbook

New York Museum of Transportation Opens for the Season
On Sunday, May 29, at 11 am, the popular Transportation Museum at 6393 East River Rd, W. Henrietta, NY, will open for the 2022 season. A great destination at family-friendly prices. Sundays 11-4.

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 


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.

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.

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 to set up a time to donate.

Loop Industries Food Pantry Now Open In New Location
Loop Ministries Food Pantry ( 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ( or 585-241-1345 (days).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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

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.

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