United Way hosts its quarterly Days of Sharing on December 2nd to provide basic necessities for local nonprofits

Every three months, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region opens up its doors to area nonprofits as part of its Day of Sharing Program. Each Day of Sharing is held at the Poughkeepsie United Way office to support local nonprofit organizations meet their client’s basic needs through donations of new goods, including clothing, bedding, kitchen and household items. These donations are provided by businesses, including Calvin Klein, Bed Bath & Beyond, Izod, Van Heusen.

“United Way’s Days of Sharing are dedicated to supporting the community and nonprofits, schools, and churches that need assistance,” stated Kimberly Kochem, Vice President of Community Impact. “Year over year the demand for goods increases as more and more organizations participate. Thanks to the involvement of our generous businesses donors, we are able to provide these organizations with many of the necessary goods and services to help improve the lives of their clients.” 

Last year, almost $100,000 in donated goods was distributed through the Day of Sharing. At one Day of Sharing, Christina from The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse found some purple and white curtains and explained that, “These curtains are for a little girl who is moving into a new apartment. It’s the first time she will have her own room.”

“Days of Sharing is a very impactful program for our region. For some nonprofit clients, these items make all the difference in the world,” says United Way Community Impact Manager Melissa Clark. “Whether it is new suiting for a job interview or curtains for a room, first apartment or home, these items make a huge impact in people’s lives. We advise each organization to make sure they take the supplies they and their clients will get the most use from.”

United Way’s Day of Sharing will take place at Poughkeepsie office (75 Market Street) and is open to nonprofit organizations, schools, and churches based in Dutchess or Orange counties. The doors open promptly at 10:00am and ends at noon.  Available items vary, but may include clothing, accessories, kitchen and household items, bedding, and books. Day of Sharing operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Any organizations that plan on participating in Day of Sharing must fill out United Way’s Gift-In-Kind Policies and Procedures document, available at the event or online at http://bit.ly/dayofsharing-application. Please note that this program is not open to individuals.

For more information on our Days of Sharing, contact Kimberly Kochem at 845-471-1900 ext. 3122 or kkochem@uwdor.org.