Day of Sharing Spotlight: Ivette O'Sullivan

Ivette O’Sullivan launched The Center of Opening Doors for Families, Inc. last year to connect the local Latino population with resources and services. This initiative takes place in Wappingers Falls and is filling a vital need. Previously according to Ivette ”There were no services to help Latino families in Wappingers. Opening Doors is now providing youth outreach services and coordinating educational projects.

On September 18th, as part of UWDOR’s quarterly Day of Sharing, Ivette was able to select goods for 15 low-income families that she serves. This includes a family that recently fled a domestic violence situation and had to move without access to basic necessities. Particularly helpful were the kitchen supplies, mattress pads, curtains and sheets. Ivette explained that “items such as these are often a luxury; unfortunately many families do not have adequate bedding and sleep on the floor. Thanks to the mattress pads from United Way, they’ll have a place to sleep at night.”

Ivette‘s face lit up when she saw the new UWDOR library that was unveiled at the recent Day of Sharing. UWDOR was the fortunate recipients of thousands of donated books and has devoted a room as a free library in which organizations can take books at will for all ages. Said Ivette, “These books are crucial to our education programs, our children love to read!”

Nonprofits interested in attending the next quarterly Day of Sharing should email rlull@uwdor.org. Organizations who are in need of books may contact asullivan@uwdor.org to schedule an appointment.

-Melissa Clark, Manager of Community Mobilization