Community Collaborations

At United Way, we believe in collaboration. Your donation to the United Way Community Fund supports a network of services that impact entire communities across Dutchess and Orange Counties.

Days of Caring and Sharing

We value our partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and assist them in achieving their mission. Through Days of Caring, we are able to connect our volunteers with meaningful volunteer projects in the community. Through Days of Sharing, we are able to offer local nonprofits items that United Way receives from local businesses. Examples of items include household decorations, kitchen supplies, comforters and clothing. This support is a collaborative effort from United Way staff and a variety of businesses and nonprofits.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the "Jobs Stimulus Bill," Public Law 98-8. The legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.

The program's objectives are:

To allocate funds to the neediest areas
To ensure fast response
To foster public-private sector partnerships
To ensure local decision-making
To maintain minimal, but accountable, reporting

Click here to learn more about the Emergency Food & Shelter Program or to access your agency information. Click here to read Phase 30 guidance. Click here to read Phase 31 updates.

Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition

The Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition is a group of local organizations including United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, AARP Tax-Aide, Catholic Charities, the IRS, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Literacy Orange, the Dutchess County Community Action Partnership and North East Community Center. These organizations work together to assure access to free and reliable tax preparation services. CA$H Coalition tax preparers help individuals, families and seniors claim the tax credits they are entitled, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit, and provide information regarding services that may help clients stretch their economic resources.   

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Orange County Long-Term Recovery

The Orange County Long Term Recovery Committee sets forth to establish and maintain a network within and on behalf of the faith communities and secular agencies which provide a coordinated response to disasters that impact our community through ongoing unmet needs. Led by representatives from Catholic Charities, Inspire and United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, the committee is populated with representatives from nonprofit, government, and faith-based organizations along with local businesses who seek to assist those lacking adequate means.

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