More selected projects


If you’re a dedicated reader of I Heart ROC, you may have noticed that we recently started including a new question in our interviews. It’s okay if you didn’t notice; we won’t judge you. The new question is: “Do you have a favorite local charity/nonprofit you like to support?”

Here at I Heart ROC, it’s important to us not only to shine a spotlight on the great people in our great community doing great things, but also to actually take action and strive to help improve Rochester. Whether that’s through volunteering, donating food and clothing, or providing financial support, every little bit of assistance helps the amazing nonprofits and charities we have here. The holidays are, at heart, a season about giving. We wanted to highlight a few local charities and nonprofits, just in case you are feeling in the spirit to give back.

1. Wilmot Cancer Center - Jon Lewis

2. The Fruit Belt Project - Alykhan Alani

3. Open Letter Books - Chad Post

4. Bivona Center for Child Advocacy - Alykhan Alani

5. Neighborhood of the Arts Business Association - Aaron Metras

6. Golisano Children's Hospital - Jon Lewis

7. WAYO 104.3 FM - Alykhan Alani

8. Monroe County Library System - Sigriet Ferrer

9. Rochester City Ballet - Alykhan Alani

10. 19th Ward Community Association - Shawn O'Hara

21. Rochester Broadway Theater League - Sarah Hudson

22. WALL/THERAPY - Magnus Champlin

23. Rochester Now - Vanessa Cheeks

24. Seedfolk - Magnus Champlin

25. Planned Parenthood - Vanessa Cheeks

We hope your love for Roc drives you and motivates you as it does us. This list is by no means comprehensive--it comes directly from our previous interviewees. Do you have a favorite charity or nonprofit? Let us know and we’d be happy to give them a shoutout! It’s the very least we can do to give back to our community.