How to Contribute

Starting with nothing is a scary place to start.

Home Start Hope is a 100% volunteer run organization that relies on donations. Your generosity makes it possible for us to continue this unique service. Whether you give household items, money, or your talent, you are helping neighbors in need move forward in their lives.

The items we provide are so much more than material goods alone. It’s about a new beginning, a sense of ownership and HOPE for a brighter future. When women do better, their kids do better and ultimately our community thrives.

Homelessness can happen to anyone

Many of the women we help have been through some pretty traumatic experiences and because they’re starting over, have no money for the household things that many of us take for granted. Imagine your first paycheck has to go for food, but you have nothing to cook with. Imagine you need to get ready for your first new job but don’t have a towel to take a shower with. What if you just need a warm blanket for your kid? We help with all of that! We make sure these women don’t go through it alone.

Home Start Hope is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Federal tax ID: 27-4295948

United Way designation #3375


Make a monetary donation

Stock our shelves by shopping our Target registry or by donating gift cards

Get involved as a volunteer or Board member

Organize a donation drive

Attend, sponsor, or donate items for our fundraisers

For a single woman, the average cost of our shopping list is $250. For a mom and two kids, it’s $364.


By Mail

Ready to start making a difference? A donation of any amount will go to help women in our area get back on their feet. It is tax deductible and only takes a minute to improve someone’s life. Checks can be mailed to: Home Start Hope, P.O. Box 858, Webster, NY 14580


Use the link below to donate securely via Bloomerang.

By Shopping on Amazon

When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Home Start Hope. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

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By Shopping at Kittelberger Florist

Home Start Hope has partnered with Kittelberger Florist. With each order, a customer can choose to have Kittelberger Florist make a donation to Home Start Hope. Simply select the “Helping Hands” pull down menu on the order form and choose Home Start Hope from the list of organizations. For more details visit:


Give the gift of time by becoming a Home Start Hope volunteer or Board member, or organize a donation drive.

We are always looking for hands to help. Witness first hand the impact Home Start Hope makes by volunteering to help a woman shop. It’s a lot of fun and we know you’ll get hooked! For more information about volunteer opportunities at Home Start Hope, please contact Kristin Mathis at

Volunteer Committees

Internal Affairs Committee: Responsible for the internal workings and operations of Home Start Hope, including finance. The Internal Affairs Committee is made up of 3-4 Board members and skill-based committee members.

External Affairs Committee: Responsible for all community-facing activities as part of Home Start Hope, including fundraising and development. Made up of 3-4 Board members and skill-based committee members.