On Tuesday, May 5: Give Local. Be United.

 

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We all have heard the phrase “Buy Local,” but what about “Give Local”?

On Tuesday, May 5, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is joining more than 8,000 nonprofits throughout the United States to raise money to improve our local communities on “Give Local Day.”

That’s right, on Tuesday, May 5, we encourage you to: Give Local. Be United.

On May 5, support United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s programs that focus on the education, income, health, and basic needs of our neighbors in need. Yes, individuals and families from Pine Plains to Pawling; and Walden to Warwick may benefit from programs supported by you – through your gift to United Way.

United Way supports our most vulnerable neighbors. Last year, we provided help to more than 70,000 individuals – that’s 1 in 10 of our friends and neighbors.

Our strategy, to support development from “cradle to career,” is as broad as the population we serve:

  • Starting from a child’s birth, we support parents and caregivers to be successful parents.
  • As children prepare to enter school, we encourage learning to ensure successful transition into kindergarten and provide academic support thereafter.
  • As they are learning, we enrich their lives with farm-fresh vegetables used as teaching tools in the classroom; not only filling their minds, but also their bellies.
  • In Middle and High School, they face a myriad of challenges no youth has encountered before; we provide mentors and coaches to help them navigate these difficulties.
  • As they transition into young adults, we provide lessons in budgeting and money management tools so that in the future they are able to provide for themselves and their families.

However, we also recognize that we need to support life’s basic necessities in order for this programming to be a success. A kindergartener with a rumbling belly can’t learn to read; a student without a place to call home will struggle with homework; a family that fears physical violence will not thrive. Through our Crisis Intervention Initiative, we provide hot meals, warm homes, safe havens, and other essential services that alleviate immediate crisis and stabilize individuals and families.

We do all of this thanks to the generosity of our community. Your dollars are invested to generate the most meaningful impact possible.

On May 5, think what a few extra dollars could help achieve. More tutors, more veggies; less hunger, less need.

Please help us spread the word about May 5! Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uwdor and Twitter @uwdor.

So remember to mark May 5 on your calendar and Give Local. Be United!