Investing in Change

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

Community Impact Initiatives
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

Education: Parent/Caregiver Support
Goal: Empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools to be their child’s first teacher.

Astor Services for Children and Families
Development Check-Up Program
  is a confidential, early-recognition screening and intervention program.  It provides information on developmentally appropriate expectations It partners with families and communities to facilitate the early identification of emotional and cognitive issues and support families in their quest for appropriate interventions.
Catharine Street Community Center
Children & Parents Learning Together is a school readiness and preparatory program for pre-school & K-3rd.grade children and their parents. Parents will be trained to utilize affordable resources to support the education of their children during out of school hours. Parents and children will benefit from CSCC's established collaborations.  
Grace Smith House
Parents As Caregivers 
uses the Shelter from the Storm program model to empower parents to support the healing process for their children following an incident of abuse in the following areas: education, emotional and social development.  
Mental Health America of Dutchess County
Your Defiant Child engages parents who have children between the ages of 2-11 whom:  argue with adults, get easily annoyed, actively defy/refuse adults' rules and act spiteful or vindictive by engaging them in a 6 week, evidence based curriculum to help manage their child’s behavior. 
Connect, Engage, Prepare:  Strengthening a museum's role in school readiness advances school readiness skill development in at-risk children by deepening our work with early learning/Pre-K centers in the City of Poughkeepsie.  
Safe Homes of Orange County
Nurturing Families Program (NFP)
 supports families in shelter in coping with the impact of the abuse they have experienced while encouraging the positive development of family relationships and functioning through nurturing interactions and education.  

Education: A Community Effort to Learning
Goal: Empower students with the appropriate skills for successful grade-level advancement by providing opportunities for structured learning outside of the classroom.

Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh
The Afterschool Project's Early Elementary Education Program
  is designed to provide students in grades K-3 with the academic and social skills they need to successfully enter college and the workforce. The program offers a safe, positive learning environment for K-3 youth in an afterschool program that focuses on the three A’s of success: academics, art and athletics.  
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley
Book Buddies
 and Classroom Book Buddies bring volunteers into schools each week to help children improve their reading skills and confidence which helps them succeed academically.  Book Buddies volunteers read one-on-one with a child in 1st-4th grade who reads below grade level.  Classroom Book Buddies volunteers read aloud with K and pre-K children to provide a positive experience with books. 
Comprehensive Education Programs provide students the opportunity to engage in enriching educational experiences to improve academic performance and learning outcomes. 
Vassar College Urban Education Initiative
VELLOP: Early Literacy for English Language Learners 
pairs Vassar student tutors with low-income English Language Learners (ELL’s) in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade to improve academic performance.  Additionally, extracurricular activities for ELL parents will be implemented to promote early literacy and school awareness. Strength Based Financial Education
Goal: Empowering clients with the knowledge and resources to overcome financial crisis.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County
Case Management & Crisis Intervention provides financial assistance, information and referral services to Orange County residents at risk of eviction, utility shut-off or with other emergent needs that cannot be met by existing safety net programs.
Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Healthy Connections ensures homeless patients in Orange County have access to needed medications and healthcare transportation, while increasing connections to social services that can help break the cycle of homelessness. 
The Emergency Assistance Program works with families and individuals who are facing emergencies in their lives that are preventing them from being self-sufficient through case management and advocacy.
Grace Smith House, Inc. serves all victims of domestic violence. We strive to meet each client's most basic needs through intensive case management services and direct financial assistance via a Basic Needs Fund.
Hudson River Housing, Inc.
Housing Navigation Program provides assistance to homeless, at-risk, and low-income households in securing appropriate housing.
Financial Empowerment is emergency funding providing a helping hand to those in financial distress.
Crisis Intervention Program assists residents in financial crisis with the goals of meeting basic needs and working toward long-term financial independence, emphasizing improved financial practices including household budgeting, debt avoidance, and saving that are tailored to the needs and strengths of the individual client.
The Financial Assistance Program supports access to emergency funds to assist with crisis intervention needs.  The program is intended to increase victims' access to safety and sustainability.
Income:  Building Capacity
Goal: Support individuals and families with the education and tools to attain self-sufficiency through improved financial practices.


Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County
Crisis Intervention provides services to individuals and families facing financial and social crisis in their lives, work 1:1 with individuals to assess their challenges, identify needs, increase household income to create a sustainable resolution.

Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County
Dress for Success provides professional attire for interview/employment, job coaching, search assistance, interview practice, and resume/cover letter preparation.  DFS Career Center and Going Places Network helps un(under)employed women gain professional skills, accelerate their job search, build confidence through weekly training sessions, 1 to 1 career coaching, and networking in a supportive environment.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County
The Financial Capability Project meets the needs of Orange County youth and adults for strengths based financial education through school and community based lessons, workshops, and individualized, one-on-one educational sessions.

Exodus Poughkeepsie Reentry Work Readiness will provide job readiness, acquisition and retention services to persons returning to Dutchess County after incarceration. Following assessment, clients begin an intensive employment skills, training and placement
Hudson River Housing, Inc.
Follow Through Program (FT) aims to increase long-term stability and self-sufficiency of formerly homeless individuals and families by providing services during and after their transition from temporary shelter to permanent housing. Support is provided for up to a year as the household works towards a self-sufficiency plan.
Homelessness Prevention and Income Stabilization Services evaluates clients' living situations in a holistic manner & provides comprehensive civil legal services, which include advice & counsel, full representation, pro se assistance, advocacy and referrals.

Income:  Increasing Assets
Increasing annual earnings and workplace advancement of individuals and families in our region.
Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition
Tax Preparation Program provides free tax preparation service for low and moderate income residents helping them to claim all available refunds applicable to their personal situation.
Health: Building Resiliency 
 Increasing resiliency of young adults to help them to maintain healthier relationships with themselves, their peers, and their families.
One-to-One Mentoring is a mentoring program which matches a volunteer adult mentor to an at-risk child or adolescent, one-to-one to delay or reduce antisocial behaviors; improve academic success; attitudes and behaviors, peer and family relationships; strengthens self-concept; and improves social and cultural enrichment.
Child Advocacy Center (CAC) brings Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement together to meet the needs of child victims and families while undergoing sexual and physical abuse investigations. This collaborative response reduces trauma to the child and increases prosecution of child sex offenders.
Mentors in Violence Prevention utilizes the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum to empower college students with awareness and education about the impact of violent relationships and the bystander model of intervention with young adults across our region.  (Sharon Doane)
Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) is a youth development program that enables youth to make healthy life decisions and avoid gangs, substance use, and violent activity.  TRAC participants engage in sports or performing arts, eat a nutritious dinner, and relax with friends, while gaining exposure to positive adult role models.
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to develop and enhance girls' social, psychological, and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. Girls in the 3rd through 8th grades combine training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education.
Healthy Teen Program seeks to prevent dating and peer to peer violence by educating middle and high school students about healthy relationships and bystander intervention.
Hudson River Housing
River Haven addresses immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and assists them in developing plans for their future.
A Friend’s House is the only Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter in Orange County, Inc.  We accommodate up to 13 co-ed youth under 18 years of age who have been displaced from their regular place of residence. 

Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Inc.
Anti-Bullying Initiative creates an impact on a prevalent issue facing youth and families in every community in Dutchess County through evidence based school program, workshops and trainings, case consultation, youth leadership development, and community engagement. 

Safe Dates is an evidence-based curriculum primary prevention education curriculum that offers middle school age youth the opportunity to learn about caring relationships and to challenge personal beliefs that contribute to sexual violence.
Teen Team Leadership Program is a resilience-building, community-engagement group for low-income, at-risk youth ages 14 to 18. The group coordinates its own community-service activities and events.
Youth Education Program utilizes the Mentors in Violence Prevention curriculum to offer strategies for middle and high school aged youth in Orange County to identify signs of unhealthy relationships negotiate healthy relationships and to become peer leaders to raise awareness of intimate partner violence.

Health: Nutrition & Physical Activity
Provide individuals and families with information to understand the value of healthy eating habits and gain access to nutritious foods and physical activity.
Beacon Farm to School Community Project will provide educational experiences for young children, school-aged students, and their parents through authentic interactions with professionals in the local food economy. 
Hudson Valley Seed works with teachers, parents, and partnering organizations to establish school gardens and offer weekly curriculum-integrated garden lessons to schools in Beacon and Newburgh. In the Hudson Valley Seed program, students apply their math and science skills to garden lessons while learning about health and wellness.
City FRESH will remove barriers to healthy food choices and encourage healthy eating habits among youth and families by providing access to healthy foods, especially fresh vegetables, and positive, engaging learning experiences.