Scrapbookers Help Volunteers of America with Paper Craft and Crop Event

Since 2011 the Paper Craft and Crop has been raising funds for non-profits in Rochester with an all-day scrapbooking event open to the community. Participants and vendors pay an entry fee while food, prizes, and materials are all donated; ensuring 100% of the profits benefit the organization. This year, the Paper Craft and Crop is helping out Volunteers of America Upstate New York by raising money for their programming.

VOA Upstate New York assists more than 6,000 people every year and provides a wide array of programs and services in four key areas – early childhood education and programs for at-risk youth, housing and homelessness prevention services, corrections/re-entry programs and job readiness/workforce development services. Their goal is to alleviate poverty in Rochester through preventative programs that focus on children, at-risk youth, homeless individuals and families, seniors and veterans.

In addition to raising funds for VOA, the Paper Craft and Crop is also collecting donations of full size toiletries for the VOA Guest House Emergency Shelter for families. The VOA Guest House is a 14-unit emergency family shelter that is one of only two shelters in Rochester that allows families facing homelessness to stay together while seeking permanent affordable housing. It has helped over 200 families find shelter and stability every year in its 10 years of operation.

“Working at Volunteers of America has given me a firsthand look at how impactful the programming really is,” says Valerie Hoak, Development Director for VOA and founder of the Paper Craft and Crop. “We can really make a difference with our fundraising so we’re excited to be able to direct our efforts to such a worthy cause.”

The event will be held on Saturday, October 13th at the VOA Complex at 214 Lake Ave. and includes a Vendor Faire that is open to the public from 10 .m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are still available on the VOA website ( or by calling 585-402-7218.

Learn more about Paper Craft and Crop.

Volunteers of America of Upstate NY works to empowering people in the local community to rise out of poverty, move toward self-reliance, and reach their full potential. VOA assists more than 6,000 people every year through various programs which include: child care and early childhood development programs; housing and support services for homeless individuals and families; reentry programs for individuals leaving correctional facilities; life skills training, and employment services.