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.
Congratulations to Dutchess County Government on their very successful Penny Wars to benefit the 2017 United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region Campaign.
Through generous contributions from employees of and visitors to the Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market Street, Dutchess County Government raised $979.16 in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters over the course of only 7 business days!
United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region will celebrate the 26th anniversary of Make A Difference Day this year, not just for a day, but for almost an entire week, from October 24th to October 28th. The eight Make A Difference Day projects will provide people and businesses with an opportunity to volunteer to help their local communities.
With tax season on the horizon, Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition and AARP Tax-Aide are looking for volunteers for free tax preparation program. These volunteers will provide tax preparation assistance as well as fill other positons that help low to moderate income families, individuals and seniors in Orange and Dutchess counties.
Last year, 7,728 individuals in Dutchess and Orange counties received free tax preparation with the amount tax refunds generated at $6,441,766 and a total economic impact $9,795,261.
For the 35th year, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and the Poughkeepsie Journal support nonprofits serving Dutchess County residents through the Holiday Helping Hand program.
In 1982, United Way collected money for holiday dinners and in 1983, Bill Pukmel, managing editor at the Poughkeepsie Journal, decided to join forces to help expand the program. With the Poughkeepsie Journal’s help, they raised $13,000. Each year, funds raised through the annual Holiday Helping Hand appeal provide grants for the following year’s programs.
The Newburgh Anti-Poverty Task Force is hosting a “Report Out” information session about its work this past year, on Thursday, September 21 from 6:00 – 9:00pm at The Ritz Theater Lobby (111 Broadway, Newburgh).