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They're here! Get them from the Villa Student Store!

Villa of Hope BLM ShirtsOrder your official Villa of Hope #BLM Black Lives Matter MERCH today! A Villa youth fundraiser, and the perfect holiday gift for friends and family!

All profits will benefit Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging initiatives at Villa of Hope.

This shirt was the winning submission to a student tshirt design contest, and was designed by Villa of Hope School Senior, Michelle. As part of her Workforce Development program internship with the Villa’s Marketing Department, she then finalized her design in Adobe Illustrator, to prepare the art for silkscreening.

Our Workforce Development youth have now organized an on-campus store, where youth interns will process and ship out your order! Poster is on heavy cardstock, and must be picked up in person on our campus. Beautiful, suitable for framing (frame not included).

Questions? Call 585-865-1555, extension 208, or email


Before a packed house at the Villa’s 2018 Portraits of Hope Gala, CEO Christina Gullo had the pleasure of presenting a scholarship, courtesy of the MCC Foundation, to Alexia Marathe. Lexi, along with her Grandparents and advocates, Jay and Meenal, then gave the keynote address to the audience. Lexi’s speech was an intimate look at her struggles, and ultimately, her triumph over bullying, drug addiction and despair; with help from Villa of Hope.

Make a gift in honor of or in memory of a loved one by clicking the button below.

Villa of Hope’s Holiday Wishes Program

Villa of Hope’s Holiday Wishes program makes sure that every young person served by the Villa gets holiday gifts. For some, these will be the only gifts they receive.

The success of our program relies on the goodwill and support of the local community each year at holiday time to fulfill the wish lists of our youth and families.

How can you be a part of something that does so much for families in our area?

Holiday Wishes 2021 will begin after Thanksgiving. We invite you to stop by any Starbucks or branch of The Summit Federal Credit Union and pick up a wish tag – each tag has a youth’s three wishes!

All unwrapped gifts are dropped off at the Starbucks or The Summit Federal Credit Union where you picked up the tag.

Thank you for bringing Hope to the youth and families we work with every day!

If you are unable to make it to Starbucks or Summit Federal Credit Union, or you are not a fan of shopping, we have gift lists on Amazon; you can order from the comfort of your own computer! Visit (Community programs) or (campus).

You can also easily make a secure online donation by clicking the button below.

Program Partners

Starbucks logo Summit logoWe would like to thank Starbucks and Summit Federal Credit Union for their generous support of our Holiday Wishes program, year after year. We simply could not do it without them!

Thank you!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make our 2020 Holiday Wishes Program a success. With your help, we were able to gather and distribute gifts to over 800 kids and families served by Villa of Hope. Let’s do it again for our 2021 Holiday Wishes Program!

Contact Us

Any questions about our 2021 program, please contact Jean Grover at 585-865-1550 x258 or

Gifts in Kind

Villa of Hope relies on generous donations from private donors and businesses to continue our work. A gift-in-kind is an item such as equipment, software or a product that a donor voluntarily transfers to the organization without charge or consideration. In order to make the best use of our limited storage space, limited availability of staff to handle these donations and to ensure that donated items are put to their best use, our policy for in-kind donations is as follows.

All donors are kindly asked to contact Gerianne Puskas at Villa of Hope, at 585-865-1550, ext. 287 before dropping off any items. Donations will not be accepted without prior notice.

Also, please note, that Villa of Hope is unable to accept used clothing, used computer equipment, console televisions, or stereo components.

Please download our “giving in kind” form, for a complete list of acceptable items, and donation form.

Thank you for considering Villa of Hope!

Villa of Hope is a 501(c)(3) public charity and donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Thank you for your support!

Villa Donors

Villa of Hope relies on generous donations from private donors and businesses to continue our work. We gratefully acknowledge their generosity and thank them for their support.

Villa of Hope is a 501(c)(3) public charity and donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.

2019-2020 Donors


Make an impact...volunteer with Villa of Hope!

Every year numerous people volunteer their time in a variety of ways to serve and support our youth. Villa of Hope needs compassionate people to act as mentors, tutors and role models for youth.

If you are at least 18 years of age, and are interested in volunteering for any of our programs and services, contact Mary Benvenuto at or (585) 865-1550 x206. After a phone interview, and depending on the type of volunteer work you would like to do at the Villa, you will be asked to complete the necessary clearance documents, which will be emailed to you.

Please email or mail completed documents to:

– or –

Villa of Hope
Attention: Mary Benvenuto
3300 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14616

Corporate Volunteers

Volunteers from many of our corporate partners conduct volunteer days on our main campus, as well as at some of our group homes, in an effort in to help maintain, beautify, and refurbish our campus. Volunteers often work beside our youth living on campus. We work with you to arrange something meaningful for your employees and our youth.

Service Groups

Part of a college service organization, fraternity/sorority, a church group, alumni association or other civic group looking to do community service? Please contact us at and we can arrange a service project just for your group.

Special Events

Throughout the year, Villa of Hope hosts special events to support the important work done through our programs and services. Volunteers play a key role in making these events a success!

Volunteer opportunities for special events include:

Thank you for making a difference!

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