Welcome To Grassroot Givers

Please pardon our appearance while our website is under construction!

Looking to donate your next-t0-new books?  We will be collecting books at the Bethlehem Public Library on Saturday, August 23 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  Adult level and children’s books accepted.  Sorry,  but we cannot accept:  worn, torn, ripped or moldy books, books older than 10 years, encyclopedias, videos, tapes or CD’s, magazines, computer books more than 3 years old, test prep books older than the current year or textbooks of any kind.  

Thank you so much for your donation!

At Grassroot Givers, our goal is to fill the specific needs in our community. We are partnering with Albany’s Israel AME Church, Women’s Ministry, to collect undergarments for children (ages 2-16) living in a shelter. Other programs have already provided back-to-school supplies and now the children are in need of undergarments. Here’s how you can help: a $25 donation will purchase 4 packages of underwear. Please donate or send a check to Grassroot Givers, PO Box 84, Delmar, NY 12054 by September 1. Thanks so much for your donation!

We gratefully accept your next-to-new donations of books, clothing and housewares at our facility Monday through Thursday, from 10:00am through 2:00pm.  Please note that we cannot accept donations on Fridays.  If you have a large donation or would like to donate at another time or day, please contact us for special arrangements. We are so very grateful for your help and support.

 Direct, local giving… with dignity.

Grassroot Givers Community Store and the Book Project are now at our new location- the GWU Center (old YMCA building) at 274 Washington Avenue in Albany.

We are always accepting like-new clothing for men, women and children.  We are especially in need of men’s clothing and socks, hotel toiletries and children’s books.    

Store Hours Mon – Thurs. 10-2

Closed on Friday

Donation Drop off – Monday-Thursday, 10:00-2:00.  If you have a large volume of donations to drop off, please call ahead to schedule an appointment, 817-5921.

If you have any questions about donations for the Community Store, please contact Roberta at info@grassrootgivers.com or call 817-5921. Questions regarding the  Book Project, contact Mary at 542-1276.


Grassroot Givers Mission:

Grassroot Givers makes the connection between the needs in our community and those who have resources to share. Grassroot Givers supports individual families and over 50 programs run by nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region of Albany, New York.

Two Distinct Areas of Focus:  Giving and Volunteering

Giving encompasses Grassroot Givers’ ongoing collection of in-kind goods;  child and adult clothing, housewares, linens, books and the coordination of community collection drives.

Volunteering includes special projects throughout the year, as well as our annual community service day, A Day of Simple Giving, held in November.

Community Store

Shopping with Dignity

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The community store is filled with new or like new donations: clothing for children and adults, accessories, linens, pots, pans and house wares.  Individuals and families who are homeless, living on a limited income or leaving a shelter to move into a new apartment are welcome.

No money is exchanged.  Our monthly shopping guidelines, as well as our registration and check out system, are designed to provide a model for conscientious shopping.  Our staff works closely with customers to help them select the items they need, taking into consideration individual circumstances. Our unique guidelines encourage customers to choose what they need for the month as if they were purchasing the items at a retail store.

Grassroot Givers has a new partner, The  Book Project

We are excited about building on our foundation of sharing resources by collecting and distributing like-new books to promote the love of reading through book ownership. Our goal is to put books into the hands of those who want them. Individuals, families, soldiers, seniors, school children will have the opportunity to take these books home and add them to their own personal library, to OWN them. We are currently working with Albany City School District teachers to help supplement their classroom libraries.

Now collecting, current (10 years or less) new or like new: · adult paperbacks and hardcover, both fiction and non-fiction · adult biography and history books · teenage fiction and non-fiction · cookbooks · children’s hardcover and softcover picture books · children’s board books · children’s chapter books for elementary and middle school students

Sharing Donations:  Grassroot Givers works collaboratively with social workers, clergy, teachers, and directors of nonprofits, to identify specific supplies, material goods and volunteer support needed in our community. We then make a connection with those who have resources to share and deliver the donations directly to those in need.

Grassroot Givers Community Store: Roberta Sandler (518) 817-5921

Grassroot Givers B0ok Project:  Mary Partridge-Brown (518) 542-1276