Grant a Wish(list)

Bake Back America will utilize their connections with local organizations to track critically needed items. Our aim is to rapidly source those items through community donations from Westchester County residents.

Jessica, a journalist living in Scarsdale, has connected donor and recipient communities in the past. She has been collecting clothing, furniture and medical equipment from friends and neighbors for redistribution to local charities. She has often thought how great it would be to have a single entity that tracked which local organizations were looking for specific items.

 

Her daughter Helen, 9, started baking for Bake Back America after the coronavirus outbreak. Bake Back America helped Jessica realize the goal of establishing a wishlist clearinghouse for local organizations that sought in-kind donations of children's goods, clothing, and household items to make donations more seamless. 

Photo credit to Tracy McCarthy

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM STEPS

1. Fill out the volunteer form.

 

2. MATCHING

• Bake Back America matches volunteer with a recipient from a shelter, family center, pantry or private family.

• Bake Back America sends volunteer the recipient's contact information.

 

3. COLLECTING

• Bake Back America supplies volunteer with the wishlist.

OPTION 1: COMMUNITY

• Use social media and text family and friends in your community to donate wishlist items. See helpful hints.

 

OPTION 2: AMAZON LIST

• Volunteer creates an Amazon list with wishlist items.

• List can be sent directly to recipient or volunteer. 

 

4. COMMUNICATING

• Bake Back America sets up a group text with recipient and volunteer.

 

5. DELIVERING

Option 1: Recipient picks up.

Option 2: Volunteer drop off is non contact.

• Bake Back America supplies volunteer with address, day and time for drop off.

 

6. SHARING

• Help Bake Back America inspire others.

• Email photos of yourself and donations to bakebackamerica@gmail.com.

Waiver must be signed to take photos of the recipient.

VOLUNTEERS

HELPFUL HINTS

LET'S BE CREATIVE

• Decorate a Grant a Wishlist box that can be used to collect items.

• Print out label to place on the box.

SOCIAL MEDIA

• Promote through social media (facebook, instagram) to collect items.
• Sample post:

Hi, my name is —- and I am so excited to be partnering with Bake Back America/Grant a Wishlist to collect wishlist items for families in need. Please pm me for my address to drop off on my front porch in my labeled donation box. Thank you.

Please click on this link for more information:

www.bakebackamerica.com/grantawishlist

RECIPIENT PROGRAM STEPS

1. Fill out the recipient form.

2. Bake Back America will contact you to get started.

3. Email photos to bakebackamerica@gmail.com so we can post and inspire others

RECIPIENTS

Our Story

1 shopping bag = clothes, toys, household products, school supplies diapers and more

Furniture = beds, tables, dressers, desks, chairs, air conditioners

Outdoor activities = bikes, scooters

Hardware box = 35 parts

Westchester County, New York

Mount Vernon

Bowen Memorial Outreach Program

46 shopping bags.

Church of G-d

15 shopping bags.

Macedonia Church

140 bags.

Vernon Plaza Shelter

50 shopping bags.

New Rochelle

HOPE Community Services

246 bags.

New Rochelle Community Partnership

55 shopping bags.

New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority

3 shopping bags.

Oasis Shelter

50 bags.

Shiloh Baptist Church

118 shopping bags.

60 McDonald's meals.

Union Baptist Church

40 shopping bags.

2 outdoor activities.

50 McDonald's meals.

Ossining

Peekskill

Ossining Children's Center

214 shopping bags.

9 outdoor activities.

9 pieces of furniture.

1 painting.

Caring for the Hungry and Homeless

10 shopping bags.

Hearts and Homes for Refugees

3 bags.

Port Chester

Purchase

St. Peters Episcopal Church

3 shopping bags.

Family Services of Westchester

24 shopping bags.

Scarsdale

Child Care Council of Westchester

45 bags.

Midnight Run at Hitchcock Church

38 shopping bags.

White Plains

Coachman Family Shelter

145 shopping bags.

2 pieces of furniture.

1 painting.

1 butterfly kit.

Individual families

166 shopping bags.

22 pieces of furniture.

Open Arms Shelter

3 shopping bags.

Ridgeway Church Food Pantry

20 shopping bags.

Salvation Army

1 shopping bags.

Yonkers

Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church

238 shopping bags.

Salvation Army

15 shopping bags.

WestHab Inc.

150 bags.

Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE)

4 shopping bags.

San Andres Episcopal Church

70 shopping bags.

New York City

Bronx

Albanian American Open Hand Association

970 shopping bags.

26 outdoor activities.

11 pieces of furniture.

30 boxes of hardware.

3 appliances.

Beulah Church of G-d

20 shopping bags.

Church of G-d Good Neighbors Outreach

1,336 shopping bags.

4 outdoor activity.

67 pieces of furniture.

1 kitchen appliance.

Interval Rapid Rehousing

50 shopping bags.

2 pieces of furniture.

Montefiore Children's Hospital

49 shopping bags.

Town and Country

28 shopping bags.

Rising Up

4 shopping bags.

Brooklyn

Flagstone Family Center

180 shopping bags.

Queens

ICNA Relief

180 shopping bags.

1 air conditioner.

Manhattan

Individual families

241 shopping bags.

45 pieces of furniture.

3 outdoor activity.

6 laptops.

1 kitchen appliance.

The Rebirth of a Woman

105 shopping bags.

San Francisco, CA

Individual families, San Francisco, CA.

30 shopping bags.

1 piece of furniture.

Ibrahim Lawson Fofanah Charity Foundation

65 bags.

School in the Square

227 shopping bags.

1 air conditioner.

Stratford, CT

Better Tomorrows,

Stratford, CT.

3 shopping bags.

1 piece of furniture.

Long Island, NY

Bethany House, Roosevelt, NY.

126 shopping bags.

Interfaith Nutritional,

Hempstead, NY.

40 shopping bags.

TOTALS

Westchester, NY

     Shopping bags: 2,909

             Furniture: 35

Outdoor activities: 11

McDonald's Meals: 110

              Paintings: 2

New York City

  Shopping bags: 3,465

               Furniture: 122

Outdoor activities: 33

    Hardware boxes: 30

             Appliances: 5

San Francisco, CA

Shopping bags: 30

               Furniture: 1

Long Island, NY

Shopping bags: 129

Stratford, CT

Shopping bags: 3

         Furniture: 1

FURNISHED APARTMENTS

New York City

1 furnished apartment.

Westchester

1 furnished apartment.

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