Welcome To Grassroot Givers

Please pardon our appearance while our website is under construction!

We will be closed on Monday, January 19, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Thanks to everyone who made our 2014 ‘Day of Simple Giving’ a huge success!  

A Day of Simple Giving

We welcomed 350 volunteers to our eighth annual community service day on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Rd., Albany, from 10am-1pm.  During the event we created thousands of handmade donations to benefit the individuals and organizations we serve.

Please check back with us on our website and facebook page to find out more about how your family, office, club or other organization can get involved for Simple Giving 2015.


We are so grateful for your help!

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 Book Project:  Mary Partridge-Brown (518) 542-1276