In a critical situation, a family fled to safety from domestic violence with no time to pack or bring basic necessities and found themselves having to start a new household from scratch. A client of the Center of Opening Doors for Families that serves the local Latino population in Wappingers Falls, the family now has basic household necessities, including kitchen supplies, mattress pads, curtains and sheets that the Center’s representative found for them at United Way’s Day of Sharing.
“Items such as these are often a luxury; unfortunately many families do not have adequate bedding and have to sleep on the floor,” explained the Center of Opening Doors for Families' representative Ivette O’Sullivan. “Thanks to the bedding and mattress pads from United Way, they’ll have a place to sleep at night.”
Every three months, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region opens up its doors to representatives of area nonprofits, religious organizations and schools as part of its Day of Sharing
Last year, United Way distributed over $80,000 in donated goods through Day of Sharing. This quarterly program helps area organizations meet their client’s basic needs through donations from retailers including Calvin Klein, Bed Bath & Beyond, Izod and Van Heusen. Available items vary, but may include clothing, accessories, kitchen and household items, bedding, and books.
“For some of these organization’s clients, the items that representatives find at Day of Sharing make all the difference in the world,” explained Melissa Clark, Director of Community Impact. “Whether it is new suiting for a job interview, bedding, curtains or needed kitchen utilities, these items make a huge impact in people’s lives. We advise each organization to make sure they take the supplies that they and their clients will get the most use from.”
Day of Sharing operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Any organization that plans on participating in Dayof Sharing must fill out United Way’s Gift-In-Kind Policies and Procedures document, available at the event or online at http://bit.ly/dayofsharing-