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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Free Holiday Virtual Zoom Backgrounds  Thank you for your support of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. Please click on the links below to download and use these Virtual Holiday Zoom backgrounds as our small gift to you.  Click here for instructions to add virtual backgrounds to Zoom. Download 1920 X 1080 Zoom Image  Download 756 X 1008 Mobile Background  Download 1920 X 1080 Zoom Image  Download 756 X 1008 Mobile Background  Download...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
On Wednesday, September 23, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region will host a special no-contact Day of Sharing for seasonal decorations. Open to representatives from nonprofits, faith-based organizations and schools, each organization can send one representative to "shop" for their clients from a selection of seasonal decorative items. They must request a "shopping" time by emailing Rebecca Lull at rlull@uwdor.org (first available time is 9:...
Friday, August 21, 2020
While many students and teachers might be itching to get back to the classroom and regain a sense of normalcy, it looks like online classes will be here to stay a little longer as many area school systems are choosing to start classes online this fall.  Student engagement is always a huge problem for teachers, but the era of distance learning has made this task significantly harder. These days, teachers are now competing with spotty internet...
Friday, July 17, 2020
I love sharing my joy of reading with kids and watching their eyes light up when I read something they can relate to, or hearing them laugh at funny stories. My hope is that after reading, kids are inspired to use their imaginations to write or tell their own stories. —Dana O’NeillCentral Hudson Gas & Electric Corp      
Thursday, July 16, 2020
A few years ago I was invited to review grant proposals for the United Way of Dutchess & Orange Region. I said “yes,” because I rarely say no. I could tell there was some technicalities involved but I, typically, waited until much too late to figure it out and spent two nearly sleepless nights. If you should be asked to review UWDOR grants, read the instructions and follow them! Your life will be so much easier.   Nonetheless, I struggled...
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
It's not too late. You can still be counted.   Complete the 2020 Census to ensure our communities receive the federal aid, grants and support they are entitled to by your participation in the census. All information collected by the Census Bureau is confidential and protected under law.   Some local communities that have "hard to count" areas are sharing direct links and information. City of Middletown City of Newburgh City of Poughkeepsie...
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  The Declaration of Independence   Happy Fourth of July from YOUR United Way!   Enjoy the celebrations in your community! Dutchess County Goes Renegade (7/4) Orange County Freedom Fest (7/18)   Please note that our office will be closed...
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Thanks to your support, since March 12th we have helped 46,340 of our neighbors and friends during this crisis:  We’ve helped provide food for 31,110 struggling individuals and families in Dutchess and Orange Counties since March 12th. We’ve helped 2,432 students: • We provided food for 2,000 elementary school students and their families. • We provided food for 375 struggling single parents who are college students. • We prevented...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
United Way’s Day of Action provides opportunities for volunteers, donors and advocates to be part of solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives. If you want to change lives and communities, stand with United Way by joining us for one of our Day of Action efforts.  Write an encouraging note to a community member! United Way will be providing free financial literacy toolkits at meal distribution sites throughout our region,...
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Please call first to confirm.  Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen Information for Orange County New York (Updated 3/18/2020) HONOR: 38 Seward Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. Contact number: 845-343-7115.  They are taking calls from 10am-11am Monday through Friday and curb site pick up from 2pm-3pm. Due to them experiencing a higher call volume they ask for callers to remain patient as all calls will be tended to and/or returned. Easter Seals: 88 East Main...