How to Help

As we follow important safety guidelines and preventive measures such as: washing our hands, practicing social distancing and sheltering in place, there are ways we can still be of service to our community and help those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality Current Needs:

Please contact us to arrange for any drop-off donations.  We are a 501(c)3, and all donations are tax deductible. Please make any checks out to St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, P.O. Box 31049, Rochester, NY 14603.

Lifespan is matching isolated older adults with volunteers for friendly phone calling.  Email:

Lifespan is accepting donations of personal care items like toilet paper, paper towels and sanitizing items.  Additionally greeting cards and letters (handmade or store bought) for residents living in older adult housing facilities/nursing homes.  These can be delivered to the vestibule in the main office located at 1900 S. Clinton Avenue in Tops Brighton Plaza, M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach  

Mary’s Place is a non-profit refugee outreach center in Northwest Rochester, NY who needs your help in providing hygiene products for those they serve.  Items needed include: shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, and feminine hygiene products.  Contact Charlsey Bickett at 585-270-8626 to arrange pick up or delivery.  To learn more about Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach:  Click Here

Hospitals need your help during this time. The needs are rapidly changing, but there are ways you can help. 

For information on how you can help:

UR Medicine Hospitals:  Click Here

Rochester Regional Health:  Click Here

Finger Lakes Health:  Click Here

Hope House, Holy Trinity Church, Webster

Hope House needs cleaning supplies, chunky soups and stews, canned peas, meals in cans like ravioli or SpaghettiOs. To donate you may drop off at the house during operating hours. To learn more  Click here

Catholic Family Center

Catholic Family center provides comprehensive and coordinated services all serving one mission: to help people – especially the vulnerable and those facing poverty – achieve their full human potential.  The Catholic Family Center is in need of 400 handmade surgical masks. To volunteer please email Marcus Ebenhoe:

For directions on how to make handmade surgical masks:  Click here 

Ideas that some parishes are implementing below:

Grocery pick-up 

Some parishes are offering grocery pick-up for parishioners age 65+, as well as for those parishioners with compromised immune systems.  Call your parish to find out if they are offering/need volunteers.

Sewing Handmade Surgical Masks

UR Medicine is accepting handmade surgical masks as they work to meet the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 presents.  To learn more Click Here

If you have any ideas to share on how your parish or ministry is helping others email:

“It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

– Mother Teresa