Update: Supply Drive continues; special benefit on 5/23

“The outpouring of support for our Newburgh neighbors is overwhelming,” said Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region “Since Thursday, when we put out the first call for help, four businesses stepped up to serve as additional drop off locations for the supply drive (Lori Buhagiar Allstate Office, Newburgh Brewing Company, Rhinebeck Bank and Ulster Savings Bank). In addition, the community asked us to do some of the shopping for them. On Thursday, United Way delivered food to two locations in Newburgh (Blacc Vanilla and the Liberty Street BBQ). On Friday, a United Way team purchased six cartloads full of food and necessities, including the fixings for RECAP’s Saturday Community Brunch, at Walmart Newburgh. We wish to extend our thanks to everyone for their continuing support of our Newburgh neighbors, including Walmart Newburgh which generously donated toward this effort.”

The impact of last week’s tornado in Newburgh cannot be minimized. Two lives were lost. Businesses and homes were severely damaged. But throughout everything, the people of Newburgh came together to support one another. Restaurants emptied their refrigerators and freezers for the citizen-led Liberty Street BBQ. Melanie of Newburgh’s Blacc Vanilla coffee shop also kept a grill going through Friday, when power was restored, continuing to serve as a location to distribute bags of donated food and necessities to the community. Many nonprofits, including the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and the Newburgh Ministry, opened their doors and served as shelters, sources of food and, quite importantly, places to recharge cell phones so people could let others know they were okay. 

“While power may be back on, Newburgh continues to recover and help is still needed,” explained Rae Leiner, Director of United Way’s Anti-Poverty Initiative that oversees the ESPRI Newburgh program. “Soup kitchens and food pantries exhausted their supplies this past week and desperately need to be restocked. When we brought food and necessities to Safe Homes of Orange Counties’ Family Justice Center in Newburgh on Friday, the shelves of their pantry were bare, but are now full thanks to the generosity of our community. We’ve been in contact with programs and agencies that serve the people of Newburgh and, thanks to your help, United Way will be providing the essentials that they need now to continue their work in support of our Newburgh neighbors.”   

On Wednesday (May 23) evening, Newburgh Brewing Company (NBC) will be donating all taproom sales to support United Way’s effort. Paul Halayko, owner of Newburgh Brewing, contacted United Way immediately upon receiving last Thursday’s email and offered to help as soon as his power was restored. Since Friday evening, people have filled six boxes with donations they brought to NBC. 

Paul explained that, “Here at the brewery, we were extraordinarily fortunate to have escaped damage in the wake of last week's tornado. But we know that many of our friends, colleagues and neighbors were not so lucky. By donating all of our taproom sales on Wednesday to United Way, we know that they will put the funds to good use in helping get the City of Newburgh back on it's feet.”

On Wednesday, May 23, from 4:00 to 9:00pm, Newburgh Brewing Company (88 South Colden Street) has a great evening planned to benefit United Way’s efforts to support Newburgh neighbors. Musician Steve Black will be performing from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Other local businesses are supporting this effort by donating goods that will be for sale, including Graft Cider and Rushing Dock Brewery. Newburgh’s Mixture Prints will be making #NewburghStrong tee shirts, with sale proceeds going to the effort. In addition, people can bring donations of items for the supply drive now through Friday to Newburgh Brewing Company. No reservations are necessary, but more information is available here

To donate to the supply drive, people can drop off items to either of United Way’s offices, in Newburgh (123 Grand Street) or Poughkeepsie (75 Market Street). The offices are open this week, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm and on Friday, May 25 from 9am to 12noon. 

In addition, items can be dropped off at Lori Buhagiar’s Allstate Office in Middletown, at Newburgh Brewing Company, at Rhinebeck Savings in Beacon, Fishkill and Goshen, and at Ulster Savings Bank in Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and Wappingers through this Friday during business hours. 

To coordinate donation of goods apart from these drop off locations, call Rae Leiner (917-569-6094) or Javier Gomez (845-392-7240). If you’d prefer United Way do the shopping for you, go to www.uwdor.org/newburghtornadoreliefto make a monetary donation. 100% of all donations will go to the purchase of items for our Newburgh neighbors affected by the tornado. 

United Way will be distributing these items to locations that are continuing to serve the people of Newburgh during the aftermath of this crisis, including Blacc Vanilla, the Newburgh Ministry, RECAP, St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s outreach, among others. 

We are requesting donations of: 

·      Hand-held Snack Items (granola bars, peanut butter crackers, etc.)

·      Canned Goods (Chili, Vegetables, Fruits, Beans, Soups)

·      Pop-top Ready-to-Eat items (applesauce or fruit cups)

·      Easily Opened, Shelf-Stable Pantry Items (peanut butter, jelly, bread, crackers)

·      Cereal (boxes and cups)

·      Individual Juice boxes or bottles

·      Coffee and Tea (regular and decaf)

·      Diapers and Pull-Ups

·      Adult Diapers (M, L, XL)

·      Any Baby Wipes (crucial need)

·      Personal Hygiene Products for Babies & Adults (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent etc.)

·      Hand sanitizer

Please note that only NEW, unopened, unexpired items can be accepted. 


Questions? Call Rae at 917-569-6094 or Javier at 845-392-7240.