2018-2019 Nonprofit Community Partners

Community Fund Investment 
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

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Funding priority areas of

Health: Development of Healthy Relationships & Reduction of At-Risk BehaviorsHealth 
Goal:  Increasing resiliency of young adults to help them to maintain healthier relationships with themselves, their peers, and their families. 
The Art Effect
Spark Studios is a year-round, community-based after school and summer youth employment program providing hands-on training in the media arts. This innovative program engages underserved teens through a rigorous curriculum that facilitates the development of financial literary and media-making skills while encouraging interpersonal growth and personal resiliency.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
One-to-One Mentoring is a unique brand of mentoring, in which a child facing adversity is carefully matched with a caring adult mentor in a relationship supported by professional staff members. Having a significant caring adult in a child's life has proven to be one of the most effective ways to decrease risky behaviors in at-risk youth, while at the same time improving positive behaviors.

Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Personal Safety Program (PSP) is a sexual abuse prevention education program offered free of charge to elementary students (Pre-K through 6th grade). The program focuses on personal safety rules that no one is allowed to look or touch the private parts of their body without having a good reason. The program teaches students about safe/unsafe touch, and strategies for keeping themselves safe.

Family Services, Inc.
Sexual Violence Prevention Program for Dutchess, Orange, and Westchester Counties, providing Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) and expanding to include a Safer Bars (SB) initiative. MVP and SB are evidence-informed programs that address dating and sexual violence (SV) prevention and teach students and bar staff to interrupt, confront and prevent violence.

Family Services, Inc.
Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) is a youth development program that enables 200 high-risk youth in Poughkeepsie to make healthy life decisions and avoid gangs, substance use, and violent activity. Based at the Family Partnership Center from 3:30 to 8:30 PM, Monday to Thursday, TRAC engages youth in sports or performing arts, serves a nutritious dinner, and provides youth with exposure to positive adult role models.

Girls on the Run Hudson Valley
Girls on the Run initiative will ensure that girls who would not typically have access to quality youth programming have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run (3rd to 5th graders) or Heart & Sole (6th to 8th graders). The programs inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using fun, experience-based curricula which creatively integrates running.

Grace Smith House, Inc.
Healthy Teen Relationships goes into high school classrooms, administrative, teacher meetings, PTA meetings, and community events to educate these various groups about the signs, dangers, trajectory, and coping strategies for the problem of Teen Dating Violence. Students are given tools to be active bystanders and change the school community to make it a safer place.

Hudson River Housing, Inc.
River Haven addresses immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and assists them in developing plans for their future. Services include outreach; 24-hour hotline/crisis services; emergency housing via a 12-bed shelter; individual/group/family counseling; case management; transportation; enrichment opportunities; educational support; and linkages to community services and resources.

HONORehg, Inc.
A Friend’s House is the only Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter in Orange County, Inc. The program can accommodate up to 13 co-ed youth under the age of 18. Most youth staying at the shelter have been displaced from their regular place of residence or have run away. The shelter is open and staffed 24/7, 365 days a year. The goal for the end of the stay is that the youth and family are reunified.

Mental Health Association of Orange County
Safe Dates is a multi-session primary prevention education curriculum administered by Rape Crisis, a program of MHA. The curriculum offers middle school age youth the opportunity to learn about caring relationships and to challenge personal beliefs that contribute to sexual violence. This evidence-based curriculum is geared toward preventing first time victimization and first time perpetration.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Mid-Hudson
Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 50 minute, early intervention/prevention, mental health literacy presentation offered for free to high school students. Students learn about mental illness (MI) directly from families and young adults living with MI. ETS addresses substance/alcohol abuse, suicide prevention, bullying and overcoming stigma. ETS instills good citizenship skills to help their peers.

North East Community Council, Inc.
Teen Team Leadership Program is a resilience-building, community engagement group for low-income, at-risk youth ages 14 to 18. The group coordinates its own community service activities and cultural/recreational events. It also benefits from education in social and cultural diversity, healthy relationships and sexuality, and other life skills that deter harmful behaviors, chosen by our program director.

Safe Homes of Orange County
Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program offers knowledge and tools for youth and adults working with youth in navigating healthy relationships, gender violence and bullying prevention. The program empowers youth to become leaders and raise awareness of teen dating and school violence within their community. The TDVPP operates within schools and youth organizations in Orange County.

HealthHealth: Nutrition & Physical Activity
Goal: Provide individuals and families with information to understand the value of healthy eating habits and gain access to nutritious foods and physical activity.

Common Ground Farms (CGF)
Beacon Farm to School Community Project will engage school-aged students and their families in food-based learning through authentic interactions with professionals in the local food economy. CGF will increase access to fresh vegetables for students by supporting the cafeterias in developing scratch plant-based recipes, and for their families through food access initiatives

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Green Teen Community Gardening-Growing Healthy provides up to 24 Beacon youth, aged 14-19, with employment, vocational training, and mentoring, supplemented by education. Youth learn through hands-on experience. Through managing 3 community gardens, youth engage in physical work for up to 8 hours per week. Education includes cooking lessons, nutrition education, food systems studies, and career-focused training.

Food For Kids
Food For Kids is a non-profit organization developed by the Washingtonville local community. The purpose is to help supply children in need in the Washingtonville Central School District with easy-to-prepare food for weekends during the school year with an extension of the program during summer months.

Hudson Valley Seed, Inc.
Beacon/Newburgh School Garden Education By teaching elementary students in school gardens, Hudson Valley Seed (HVS) helps Beacon and Newburgh children love to eat veggies. In weekly lessons students grow, harvest, and taste vegetables and learn about health and wellness while practicing curriculum-integrated math, science, and writing skills. HVS collaborates with teachers, parents, and community organizations to implement our programs.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP)
City FRESH removes barriers to healthy food choices and encourages healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices among youth and families by providing access to healthy foods, especially fresh vegetables, and positive, engaging learning experiences at PFP, Poughkeepsie City School District schools, and in the community.

Regional Food Bank
Food for Dutchess & Orange County Feeding Program will provide low-income Dutchess and Orange County residents with nutritious food when they seek food assistance from area food pantries, soup kitchens, or shelters. The grant will fund lines of credit at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, which food pantries will use to secure food at no cost to agencies' limited budgets. This grant will expand their capacity and enable them to feed more people. 

https://www.uwdor.org/sites/uwdor.org/files/small_Education.gifEducation: Parent/Caregiver Support
Goal: Empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools to be their child’s first teacher.

Common Ground Farms
Common Ground Young Learners will support children between the ages of 2 and 5 to be receptive to try new things and to be ready to learn in kindergarten, and to support their parents and caregivers in exploring the natural world through experiential and hands-on learning practices.

Grace Smith House, Inc. 
Parents As Caregivers uses the shelter program which serves individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence. The Children's Program supports the developmental competencies of children through a range of services. As an expansion to the program, parents and children will be provided an evidence-based support group specifically designed to improve family and individual functioning after domestic violence.

Mental Health America, Dutchess County
Your Defiant Child is a skill-building series based on the work of Russell Barkley, Ph.D. It is for parents/caregivers of children between the ages of 2 through 12 whom: get easily annoyed, argue with adults, actively defy/refuse adults' rules and act spiteful or vindictive. Parents will attend a two-hour class for six weeks, learning a new skill each week. 

Safe Homes of Orange County
Nurturing Families Program (NFP) services adults and their children residing in the agency's 17-bed emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. The NFP is designed to support families in shelter coping with the impact of the abuse they experienced while encouraging the positive development of family relationships and functioning through nurturing interactions and education.

EducationEducation: A Community Effort to Learning
Goal: Empower students with the appropriate skills for successful grade-level advancement by providing opportunities for structured learning outside of the classroom.

Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh
The Afterschool Project's Early Elementary Education Program is designed to provide students in grades K-3 with the academic and social skills they need to successfully enter college and the workforce. These activities include homework help and tutoring, academic instruction, and engaging science, technology, arts and recreational electives.

Hudson Valley Seed, Inc.
After School and Summer Programming teaches elementary school-aged students at afterschool and summer camp programs at the Newburgh Boys & Girls Club, Newburgh Armory Unity Center, and Beacon Recreation Department. In weekly garden lessons, students practice math, science, and writing skills while learning about health and wellness, tasting veggies, planting and harvesting.

Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley
Book Buddies recruits volunteers to read one-on-one with children in K through grade 4 who are identified by their teachers as reading below grade level. Schools are recruited to participate in the program and volunteers are trained and matched with a student in a school. Classroom Book Buddy volunteers read aloud to children, using a dialogic reading method to give them a positive experience with books.

Newburgh Armory Unity Center
Comprehensive Education Programs provides supplemental literacy and academic enrichment programming for children pre-K through grade 6, 52 weeks a year, to the children and families of Newburgh at no cost. In 2018-2019 the NAUC plans to deliver new and dynamic programs to engage families and youth with experiences and resources aimed at improving literacy and the love of reading and learning.

R.E.A.L. Skills
S.T.A.R.T. Program is a free after-school program for K through grade 5 students in the City of Poughkeepsie School District that focuses on techniques to support academic retention and progression. Students work alongside high school, college and adult mentors in academic and enrichment activities. The multi-age approach of the program also addresses social skills and the navigation of peer relationships.

Vassar College Urban Education Initiative
Early Literacy for English Language Learners provides tutors to K through grade 3 low-income English Language Learners (ELLS) at Warring, Krieger, and Smith Early Learning Center in Poughkeepsie, and Overlook Elementary in Arlington. Between 30-50% of ELLS at each school receive one-on-one tutoring for approximately 3 hours/week. VELLOP also runs family literacy events to facilitate the transfer of early literacy skills across languages.

 Financial Stability: Strength Based Financial Education
Goal: Empowering clients with the knowledge and resources to overcome financial crisis.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County
Financial Stability Strategy provides holistic case management and intervention services to individuals and families facing financial and social crisis in their lives. The program works one on one with individuals to assess their challenges, identify needs, and increase household income to create a sustainable resolution and guide our clients back to self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County
Case Management & Crisis Intervention provides services to consumers in Orange County who are in crisis and are experiencing emergency financial situations. This could be related to evictions, transportation, medical needs or other situations that arise. The case managers are trained to assess and resolve crisis and emergency issues.

Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County
Crisis Intervention & Case Management program will combine immediate financial assistance with on-going case management. The Case Management Component will help the family identify the issues that cause the crisis and avoid future need of crisis intervention.  

Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Healthy Connections targets homeless individuals and families in transition in Orange County, and aims to improve access to medications and non-emergency medical transportation, while also connecting them with local programs and services that can help break the cycle of homelessness. This is a highly successful program that has operated with annual support from the United Way since 2013.

Dutchess Outreach, Inc.
Emergency Assistance Program offers Dutchess County residents who are facing financial distress an important safety net by issuing grants to prevent utility shut-off and to ensure healthcare costs are being met and necessary prescriptions are filled. When adequate funding is available, rent assistance is possible in order to prevent eviction scenarios.

Grace Smith House, Inc.
Meets Basic Needs serves all victims of domestic violence. The program strives to meet each client's most basic needs through advocacy, case management services and direct financial assistance. Alleviating a financial crisis through the United Way Basic Needs Fund empowers victims of domestic violence and their children to move towards safety and begin to build a foundation of financial stability.

Hudson River Housing
Housing Navigation Program provides assistance to homeless, at-risk, and low-income households in securing appropriate housing.

Jewish Family Services
Financial Empowerment Program provides emergency funds and offers resources to those in financial distress. 

Safe Homes of Orange County
Financial Assistance Program supports access to emergency financial assistance for the crisis intervention needs of victims of domestic violence engaged in services with Safe Homes. The program is intended to increase victims' access to safety and sustainability by minimizing the harmful impact of ongoing domestic violence victimization and abuse, including financial/economic abuse.

https://www.uwdor.org/sites/uwdor.org/files/small_Income.gifFinancial Stability:  Long Term Building Capacity
Goal: Support individuals and families with the education and tools to attain self-sufficiency through improved financial practices.

Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County
Dress for Success Dutchess County empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. All the programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

Hudson River Housing, Inc.
Follow Through Program (FT) aims to increase the long-term stability and self-sufficiency of formerly homeless households by providing services during and after their transition from temporary shelter to permanent housing in the community. Support is provided for up to a year as the household works towards increasing financial security, sustaining housing, and other self-sufficiency goals.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Homelessness Prevention and Income Stabilization Services prevents homelessness for children and families; helps families to retain protected subsidized housing; provides emergency cash assistance and casework support to clients facing eviction; prevents foreclosures or obtains affordable mortgage loan modifications. It helps clients to stabilize/increase their incomes by obtaining/maintaining public benefits or bankruptcy protection; makes referrals.

Pawling Resource Center
Transportation Program provides transportation services for the home bound elderly and / or underprivileged, which include round-trip rides to medical appointments, grocery store, Pawling Resource Center (PRC) food pantry from Village of Pawling and two low or moderate income senior living centers. It also includes: delivery of food from PRC food pantry to home-bound elderly, pick up donated food from multiple locations.

https://www.uwdor.org/sites/uwdor.org/files/small_Income.gifFinancial Stability:  Increasing Assets
Goal: 
Increasing annual earnings and workplace advancement of individuals and families in our region.

Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition
Tax Preparation Program provides free tax preparation service for low and moderate income residents helping them to claim all available refunds applicable to their personal situation.

VETERANS

Veteran: Housing Assistance
Goal: Help veterans and their families’ access affordable and safe housing that meets their needs.

Hudson River Housing, Inc.
Veteran Impact Program provides housing assistance to address the needs of low income veterans that are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. To ensure veterans have stable housing quickly services include: outreach, housing location and counseling, assistance with initial housing costs, service linkages to help veterans sustain housing. 

Veteran: Legal Assistance
Goal: Help veterans and their families to access legal services.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Veterans & Military Families Advocacy Project will serve veterans/members of the military struggling to transition to civilian life while facing a range of issues incl. eviction/foreclosure; denial of rights/benefits; domestic violence; unscrupulous practices of predatory lenders/debt collectors; illnesses/disabilities, e.g., TBI/PTSD. The program provides civil legal services & refers to a network of providers dedicated to meeting veterans' distinct needs.

Key Community Resources

Hudson Valley 2-1-1 Helpline 
A free, confidential, multilingual service to assist the public in finding the answers to a variety of Health and Human Services related questions. It is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles
Is an indicator project and resource that assesses our Mid-Hudson Valley region to quantify strengths and challenges, and help determine priorities and launch community-wide discussions about improving quality of life.