United Way announces Community Fund awards totaling $790,546 for 48 programs in Dutchess and Orange counties.

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region awards $790,546 in grants from its Community Fund to 48 programs of 36 agencies in Dutchess and Orange counties. This is 49% of the $1,161,184 total investment that United Way is making in the local community during its next fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2018. 

“Each year, United Way’s Community Fund supports our mission to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community,” explained Jeannie Montano. “These 48 programs will provide significant change in our communities. From Washingtonville’s Food For Kids that provides food for vulnerable children on weekends and during the summer to Pawling Resource Center’s Transportation Program for seniors, United Way is helping make communities stronger for everyone throughout Dutchess and Orange counties.”

United Way’s Community Fund grants will support programs that combat bullying, child abuse, homelessness, hunger, illiteracy and unemployment while strengthening the community, including the health of children and vulnerable adults, providing mentors and role models for children and teens, and providing a helping hand to veterans and seniors. Every year, your contributions to United Way through workplace and payroll deductions or as individual gifts, go to making our community stronger.

"Our community investment strategy is a thorough process inclusive of 200 community members with varying experience in several diverse fields including business, government, education and the nonprofit sector who serve as grant reviewers,” explained Melissa Clark, Director of Community Impact. “We are confident that our community investment strategy directs our community's fund in the most impactful and just way.”

Of the $790,546 that was awarded, 20 programs that are focused on physical and mental health concerns received $318,000; 10 programs centered around education received $188,046; 14 programs that provide financial stability received $252,500; 2 programs that help local veterans received $12,000; and two key community resources received $20,000. A complete list of funded nonprofit partners and program descriptions is available at: www.uwdor.org/investing-in-change.


The 48 United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region Funded Programs 
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019




Development of Healthy Relationships & Reduction of At-Risk Behaviors 
Goal:  Increasing resiliency of young adults to help them to maintain healthier relationships with themselves, their peers, and their families.

The Art EffectSpark Studios; Big Brothers Big SistersOne-to-One MentoringCenter for the Prevention of Child Abuse’sPersonal Safety ProgramFamily Services, Inc.’sSexual Violence Prevention Programand its Teen Resource Activity Center;Girls on the Run Hudson Valley’sGirls on the RunGrace Smith House’sHealthy Teen Relationships; Hudson River Housing, Inc.’sRiver HavenHONORehg, Inc.’sA Friend’s HouseMental Health Association of Orange County’sSafe DatesNational Alliance on Mental Illness Mid-Hudson’sEnding the SilenceNorth East Community Council, Inc.’sTeen Team Leadership ProgramRed Hook Community Center’sWhat’s On Your MindSafe Homes Orange County’sTeen Dating Violence Prevention Program


Nutrition & Physical Activity
Goal: Provide individuals and families with information to understand the value of healthy eating habits and gain access to nutritious foods and physical activity.

Common Ground Farms (CGF)’sBeacon Farm to School Community ProjectCornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County’sGreen Teen Community Gardening-Growing HealthyFood For Kids Washingtonville’sFood For KidsHudson Valley Seed, Inc.’sBeacon/Newburgh School Garden Education; Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP)’sCity FRESHRegional Food Bank’sFood for Dutchess & Orange County Feeding Program



Parent/Caregiver Support

Goal: Empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools to be their child’s first teacher.

Common Ground FarmsCommon Ground Young LearnersGrace Smith HouseParents As CaregiversMental Health America, Dutchess CountyYour Defiant ChildSafe Homes Orange CountyNurturing Families Program 


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’sThe Afterschool Project's Early Elementary Education Program;Hudson Valley Seed, Inc.’sAfter School and Summer Programming;Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley’sBook BuddiesNewburgh Armory Unity Center’sComprehensive Education ProgramsR.E.A.L. SkillsS.T.A.R.T. ProgramVassar College Urban Education InitiativeEarly Literacy for English Language Learners




Strength Based Financial Education
Goal: Empowering clients with the knowledge and resources to overcome financial crisis.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County’sFinancial Stability StrategyCatholic Charities Community Services of Orange County’sCase Management & Crisis; InterventionCommunity Action Partnership for Dutchess County’sCrisis Intervention & Case ManagementCornerstone Family Healthcare’sHealthy ConnectionsDutchess Outreach, Inc.’sEmergency Assistance ProgramGrace Smith House, Inc.’sMeets Basic NeedsHudson River Housing’sHousing Navigation ProgramJewish Family ServicesFinancial Empowerment ProgramSafe Homes of Orange County’sFinancial Assistance Program 


Long Term Building Capacity
Goal: Support individuals and families with the education and tools to attain self-sufficiency through improved financial practices.

Community Action Partnership for Dutchess CountyDress for Success Dutchess CountyHudson River Housing, Inc.Follow Through ProgramLegal Services of the Hudson ValleyHomelessness Prevention and Income Stabilization ServicesPawling Resource CenterTransportation Program


Increasing Assets
Goal: Increasing annual earnings and workplace advancement of individuals and families in our region.

Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition’sTax Preparation Program




Legal Assistance
Goal: Help veterans and their families to access legal services.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’sVeterans & Military Families Advocacy Project for DC Residents


Housing Assistance
Goal:Help veterans and their families’ access affordable and safe housing that meets their needs.

Hudson River Housing, Inc.’sVeteran Impact Program


Key Community Resources 

Hudson Valley 2-1-1 Helpline and Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles


For complete list and program descriptions, got to www.uwdor.org/investing-in-change.