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The future prosperity of our community depends on our ability to create a better life for our children today. 

Across our region, the US Census reports that nearly 25,000 children live in poverty. 25,000 children reside with families who are unsure of where their next meal will come from; whose parents must make choices between paying for childcare or next month's rent. According to the US Census, more Americans were living in poverty in 2010 than at any time since the 1950's. 

When adults have a sustainable income they have the means to provide housing and sustenance for their family. Children have the security of a roof over their head and a greater change to thrive through consistent attendance at school and access to community supports. Families are able to live as productive, engaged citizens. Today, too many low-income working families are struggling to make ends meet. Low-to-moderate income individuals and families face multiple economic and societal barriers that prevent them from achieving financial stability and economic independence. United Way is committed to empowering families with the financial tools to succeed on their own. With your help, this can change. 

Our Goal

The goal of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange region is to help individuals and families become financially stable and independent. 

Our Strategy

To that end, United Way-funded partner programs that are: 


  • Supporting individuals and families through case management and advocacy to overcome financial crisis.
  • Providing education to improve knowledge of financial literacy, reduce debt and increase savings.
  • Connecting low to moderate income individuals with opportunities to increase annual income through tax programs and workplace advancement.  

How You Can Help 

Volunteers like you make United Way's tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background.