Irondequoit Community Cupboard, Inc.
The Irondequoit Community Cupboard, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization designed to meet a variety of needs for families and individuals in the Town of Irondequoit, NY.
To serve families and individuals in need that reside in the Town of
Irondequoit, by providing emergency assistance without bias or prejudice.
If you are in need of
assistance, please call (585) 336-9107.
(no appointments are made online)
"Letter from the President"
It has been a little while since I last wrote to you. I had back surgery (yes another one) at the beginning of the month so I have not been able to do much except drive my family crazy. Hopefully this is the last one so please keep your fingers crossed because I have way too much to do.
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and we would like to thank ALL of you for your continued support to the ICC. We would not and could not be successful without all of you. Thank you so much to the following people who are regular monthly volunteers at the cupboard:
Fran, MaryEllen, Neil, Diane, Carol D, Tom, Mary, Diane Z, Lisa L, Margaret, MaryKay, Gina, Sheila, Mary B, Mollie and Adrijana, Kait, Lisa F, Scott and Loren, Mary Fran, Carol T. Gina, Marc B and Amelia, Lucy, Patty, Scott and John.
We also have volunteers who pick up donations from area drop off sites and we wish to thank them as well, Thank you to: Scott, Warren, Barb, and her husband.
Thank you so much to our volunteers who come every single week to pack and deliver backpacks to 6 of our elementary schools here in town:
Sarah, Simeon and Tabitha for Ivan Green, Shirley, Doris, Karen and Nancy for Durand Eastman, Warren for Helendale, Carolyn and Dick for Brookview and Southlawn. Thank you to Lisa and Debra for filling in as needed.
Thank you so much to our volunteers who go to Foodlink for us as needed:
Jay, Donna and Bill, Dick and our newest Foodlink pick up person, John.
Thank you so much to Tim Jablonski , our plow guy who not only plows for us but he has also been kind enough to shovel for me since I have been unable.
Again, we are so grateful to all of you!
Thank you to Medical Motors who provides transportation for residents who are elderly or adults with disabilities who live in 3 of our local apartment complexes. Before we had their service many of them were unable to get to reliable transportation. In the winter, many of these residents had to walk up Culver Road to Ridge Road without sidewalks to catch a bus. You know Rochester weather so you know how awful this was for them.
As always, thank you for the continued support we receive from the schools and churches within our community; I know we have the best pantry in the county because we have the best residents in the county!
ICC has seen a lot of growth; 17% over last year’s numbers and 60% over the past 3 years. We have been so busy in fact that we could use some new volunteers; volunteers for Tuesdays and Saturdays that can stand for the entire shift (2 hours) and can lift and carry items that are at least 20 pounds. Unfortunately, we have had people who are scheduled but have not shown up. This leaves us in a situation where we may not be able to serve the needs of our clientele which is mostly adults with disabilities and senior citizens. If you are interested please contact me at email@example.com and you can go to our website at www.irondequoitcommunitycupboard.org and print off or download an application.
Our food donations have been continuing to come in and wow, have we been surprised. Usually March is a slow month for donations but during the month of March we received 3900 pounds of food donations! We received 16 boxes of food from the Scouting for Food event that occurred a couple of weeks ago which totaled 353 pounds. Genetaska Womens Group generously donated 175 pounds of food. Irondequoits favorite Leprechaun John Patrick Sullivan, coordinated an amazing food drive at Shamrock Jacks over St Patricks Day weekend which produced over 900 pounds of donations! Fairport High School’s National Honor Society donated 702 pounds of donations for their annual food drive for us. St Kateri donated 49 pounds of food donations through their Lent period. Irondequoit United Church of Christ and Durand United Church of Christ both had large donations of over 100 pounds. And something that is often not thought about, feminine hygiene, which is a taxable item so therefore you cannot use food stamps to purchase these items, were donated by Deborahs Circle of Summerville Church. Thank you to Bonnie Patterson’s Girl Scout troop who donated 250 boxes of Girl Scout cookies that we will use as a treat for our Backpack Program and for our clients this month. I would like to thank Flishae who in lieu of gifts asked people to make a donation to the ICC for her First Communion; I cannot tell you how much I love when things like this occur and I cannot wait to meet this very thoughtful young lady on Saturday.
Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my friend Diane McHale Mix for all of her years of support. She is a founding board member so she has stuck with me for a very long time, helping us bring a dream to reality. Diane is stepping down as a board member after 11 years of amazing service to ICC and we will miss her presence on our BOD. Again, thank you to ALL of you who continue to support us; your generosity is overwhelming!
The United Way giving season is upon us. If you work for a company or school who donates through United Way please consider donating to ICC; our designee number is 2466 and we would be so grateful for any contribution you can give. Cash donations like this allow us to continue to support and expand programs that have become very important to our residents in need of assistance. These programs include our annual Back to School supply night, our Thanksgiving and Christmas basket programs, and our weekend Backpack Program that provides food for over 100 kids a week.
Speaking of United Way, the Irondequoit school districts are hosting the 5th annual Celebrate Irondequoit event which is at Jacks Place Friday May 9th from 530pm to 9pm. Entrance is a donation to the Irondequoit Community Cupboard and/or through their community giving slot. This event is always a lot of fun with good food, drinks, wine tasting, and appetizers provided.
The Irondequoit Little League, along with East and West Irondequoit High School Varsity baseball programs are hosting a food drive throughout the community from April 14th until April 28th. There will also be collection spots at The Vineyard on Portland Avenue and Wendys on Ridge Road for this event.
The East Irondequoit FIRST Robotics #3157 group “Drive for your school event” thru Henderson Ford which will benefit the ICC on Saturday May 3rd from 10am to 4pm. Stop by, it sounds like a lot of fun!
Last but not least, I need confirmation from my regular volunteers if you are planning on volunteering from now thru June. Please let me know as soon as possible. I hope Spring is FINALLY here because I am more than tired of this cold winter. I hope this finds you all in good health and good spirits.
Debbie Evans, President
Sue Reynolds, Vice-President
John Kane, Treasurer
Diane McHale Mix, Secretary
Cherie Evans, Board Member
Rev. Sarah Culp, Board Member
MaryJo Toepfer, Board Member
Anne Johnson, Board Member
John Cortinas, Board Member