Community Fund Investment
July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Funding priority areas of
Common Ground Farm (CGF)
Beacon Schools Food Access program ensures that the most vulnerable students in Beacon have access to fresh, nutritious food. Food is distributed directly as a delivery service or via backpacks depending on need. School families also are supported through participation in CGF market-based food access programs, by providing coupons that double their purchasing power with all vendors.
Dutchess Outreach, Inc.
Fresh Market, our farmers’ market, distributes affordable, local, sustainable fruits and vegetables within the City of Poughkeepsie from May through November and accepts all forms of payment including SNAP, WIC FMNP, WIC VF, Cash, and Credit. Last year alone our market distributed more than 17,000 lbs. of fresh produce to residents of the City of Poughkeepsie.
Food For Kids
Food For Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization developed by our Washingtonville local community. Currently serving, on average, 195 students weekly from WCSD's 3 elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school. Food for Kids provide enough food to cover two breakfasts, two lunches, drinks and snacks for the weekend. Additional food is provided when there are longer holiday weekends or extended school breaks. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks are provided each weekday over the summer.
Hudson River Housing
Heroes Making Heroes is a social enterprise food business that will address both food insecurity and unemployment in the communities we serve. The program will provide thousands of free healthy meals annually to food-insecure households while at the same time offering employment, training, and mentorship to homeless and formerly homeless individuals who face barriers in re-entering the workforce.
Newburgh Armory Unity Center Inc.
Healthy Eating and Lifestyles Project (HELP) program will facilitate health, nutrition, and community gardening-focused programming designed to impact Newburgh children and families. Learning experiences will promote health-centered lifestyles through dynamic hands-on service learning. Programming will enhance and directly engage the food distribution program at the Newburgh Armory which impacts thousands of family members each month.
Northeast Community Council Inc.
Food Access Fresh Food Pantry has purchased and delivered a wide variety of fresh, locally produced vegetables, milk, and eggs to area food pantries for distribution to food-insecure residents. The program makes it possible for several small farms to increase their production and sales and for 125 households of low income to obtain nutritious food.
Pawling Resource Center
Food Insecurity Grant. The Pawling Resource Center Food Pantry has been an active community program since the organization was founded in 1976, and has been receiving food from the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley since 1989. The Pantry offers a broad range of healthy and nutritious foods to community residents. Clients are able to receive fresh produce, dairy, meat, canned food, personal care items & paper products.
Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP)
City FRESH removes barriers to healthy food choices and encourages healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices among youth and families by providing access to healthy foods, especially fresh vegetables, and positive, engaging learning experiences at PFP, PCSD schools, and in the community.
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY
Food for Dutchess & Orange County Feeding Program will provide low-income Dutchess and Orange County residents with nutritious food when they seek food assistance from area food pantries and soup kitchens. The grant will fund lines of credit at the Food Bank which agencies will use to secure food at no cost to their limited budgets. This grant will expand their capacity and enable them to feed more people.
Education: Develop opportunities for lifelong learning to increase skill-based development
The Art Effect
Spark Studios provides underserved youth with necessary skills for long-term success in school and careers. Youth earn an hourly wage and gain video production skills, hands-on career exploration, general workforce training, and financial stability, all while building positive relationships with adults and peers in a safe environment.
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County
Dress for Success (DFS) empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. All DFS programs furnish her with confidence and skills that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Green Teen: Building a Workforce through Community Gardening focuses on Positive Youth Development. GT prepares youth for college and work through employment combined with mentoring and education. Based in Beacon, youth are employed by CCEDC to work in 3 community gardens. They learn employer requirements and expectations through mentorship by staff while building a resume and developing vocational and employability skills.
Hudson River Housing
Follow Through Program (FT) aims to increase the long-term financial and housing stability of low-income households during and after their transition to permanent housing in the community. Support is provided for up to one year as households work toward increasing financial security, sustaining housing, and achieving other self-sufficiency goals.
Nubian Directions II, Inc.
Poughkeepsie Community WiFi (PKCW) Project will help expand the Poughkeepsie “community owned” WiFi mesh network and FREE WiFi access and internet services. PKCW will also provide up to 45 hours of training for 8-12 youth and temporary employment opportunities for two of them to assist with the hands-on field work which includes installation and maintenance of access points and antennas.
Education: Increase opportunities for positive youth development and literacy services.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County
One to One Mentoring Program operates as evidence based mentoring model affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). Mentors (Bigs) are paired with youth (Littles) ages 6-18 to serve as role models in a structured, caring & trusting mentoring relationship that brings young people together with experienced adults through Community & School-based Programs.
Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie
The Afterschool Project's Early Elementary Education Program is intended to improve academic outcomes for youth through literacy instruction. The program operates during the school year, Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm and consists of three structured hours of activities including homework help and tutoring, academic enrichment and electives including classes in the arts, science and technology and sports.
CommunityConnect is an after-school & summer enrichment program for students who are English as a New Language learners. The goals of the program are to enhance language and other academic skills; promote confidence in our students; address achievement gaps; foster interpersonal and social relationships; and nurture a sense of the child's and family's belonging in the school and local community.
Youth Services Afterschool Programs emphasizes the importance of caring mentorship in safe spaces for youth from elementary school age to teenagers. Family Services provides youth with a sense of belonging in a place where they can develop their academic, athletic, creative, workforce and social skills in fun, supportive, and challenging ways.
Fearless! Hudson Valley
The Youth Education Program operates within schools and youth organizations in Orange County to offer knowledge and tools for youth and adults working with young people in navigating healthy and unhealthy relationships, gender violence and bullying prevention and encourages positive youth development by empowering youth to become leaders and raises awareness of dating violence in their community.
Hudson River Housing
River Haven provides emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth as they work toward family re-unification or securing another safe residence. The program provides its residents a variety of evidenced-based Positive Youth Development opportunities and learning experiences that enable them to overcome past trauma, develop skills, and build protective factors linked to healthy development.
Land to Learn
SproutEd program teaches Beacon and Newburgh elementary students through school gardens. In weekly lessons outdoors, in classrooms, and online, students practice math, science, and writing skills, while also learning about nutrition, tasting veggies, planting and harvesting. Land to Learn (LtL) collaborates with 11 schools (8 in Beacon and Newburgh) to implement our programs.
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley
Book Buddies recruits volunteers to read one-on-one with children in K–4th grade who are identified by their teachers as reading below grade level. Volunteers are trained to use differentiated material to help students improve their reading skills and confidence. Classroom Book Buddies volunteers read aloud, using a dialogic reading method to give children a positive experience with books.
NAMI Mid Hudson
Ending the Silence (ETS) is a 50-min. presentation to high school students given by a certified NAMI lead presenter and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. ETS addresses substance/alcohol abuse, suicide prevention, bullying, and overcoming stigma. It raises awareness & changes perceptions about mental health & instills good citizenship skills to help their peers.
North East Community Center
Teen Programming at the NECC are designed to teach students compassion, empathy and resilience for greater success now and throughout their lives. These programs set the framework for students to become advocates for themselves, be in positive relationships with their families and friends, curb unhealthy or negative behaviors, and reduce violence, delinquency and recidivism.
REAL Skills Network
S.T.A.R.T Program is a free afterschool program for elementary students K-5th grade in the Poughkeepsie City School District. The program concentrates on techniques that support academic progression and retention. We have a multi-age approach allowing students to work hand-in-hand with high school, college and adult mentors.
Vassar College Urban Education Initiative
Vassar English Language Learners Outreach Program (VELLOP) strives to improve academic achievement of ELLs in the Poughkeepsie City School District. VELLOP tutors (Vassar student volunteers) work alongside teachers to support performance of ELLs. Approximately 40 college students devote between 2-7 hours per week to tutoring schoolchildren. VELLOP has also developed an after-school virtual tutoring program for local K-12 students.
Financial Stability: Improve access to resources to alleviate short-term financial crisis in order to increase local families’ economic position.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County
Financial Stability Strategy program is able to handle daily phone calls to our hotline from neighbors in crisis seeking to meet basic needs. Triaged by bilingual staff & ED, new requests are assigned as received. The case manager reaches out the very same day. Clients often comment how much it means to "speak to a live person." Our quick response sends an important message of urgency as we begin working together to address the crisis.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange, Sullivan, Ulster
Case Management & Crisis Intervention provides services to individuals or families in Orange County who are in crisis as a result of financial emergency. This could be related to evictions, homelessness, medical needs, transportation, or situation that may impact their well-being.
Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Healthy Connections program is a longstanding and highly successful program at Cornerstone Family Healthcare that has operated with annual support from UWDOR since 2013. It ensures that homeless patients and families in transition in Orange County have access to medications, non-emergency medical transportation, and information on services to attain financial stability.
Dutchess County Community Action Agency, Inc.
Crisis Intervention & Case Management provides emergency financial assistance for families faced with an economic crisis and case management support to help them navigate out of crisis and into stability. In the wake of COVID-19, families are struggling to keep their housing and stay current on their utilities. The post pandemic recovery will be difficult and lengthy.
Dutchess Outreach, Inc.
Emergency Assistance Program provides immediate financial relief to clients who are facing utility termination or who cannot afford their prescribed medications.
Exodus Transitional Community
Newburgh Community Reentry Program helps individuals coming home from prison/jail, by providing employment readiness workshops that teach soft and hard skills to obtain and retain a job. Participants are assigned a Job Specialist/Case Manager who helps with immediate needs such as hot meals, housing, clothing, transportation, & CBT groups. With COVID, we are also providing PPE and meals to go.
Fearless! Hudson Valley
The Financial Assistance Program (FAP) supports access to emergency financial assistance for the crisis intervention needs of victims of domestic violence engaged in services with Fearless! The program is intended to increase victims’ access to safety and sustainability by minimizing the harmful impacts of ongoing domestic violence victimization and abuse, including financial/economic injury.
Grace Smith House, Inc.
Meets Basic Needs is a program designed to help victims of domestic violence stabilize their lives by providing direct financial assistance to alleviate an immediate financial crisis and provide supports and services needed to empower victims of domestic violence and their children to move towards building a foundation of financial stability and independence.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh
Financial Stability Strategy. Habitat Newburgh acquires vacant, derelict properties and rehabilitates or constructs decent, energy-efficient houses. Habitat’s homeowner families buy the houses that Habitat builds and renovates. Habitat homeowners also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor working alongside volunteers and staff members. As a result, Habitat Newburgh houses are affordable to low-income families.
Hudson River Housing
Housing Navigator provides emergency housing assistance to low-income households. The Housing Navigator works closely with households to help them develop housing stability plans tailored to their needs. The Navigator may assist them in applying for public benefits, connect them with employment opportunities, and/or refer them to child care, health care, legal services, and other community resources.
Jewish Family Services
Financial Empowerment Program, a program of over 25 years, has provided emergency funds to members of the community. Our goal is to continue to provide such funds as well as additional resources to all persons who call requesting funds. Not every person may receive funds however we make sure each person receives at least one additional resource which will help them toward their needs.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Housing & Income Stabilization Services for Dutchess & Orange provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless through eviction or loss of home to foreclosure. We assist those clients in obtaining at least a subsistence income by helping them to obtain, retain, or increase public benefits (e.g., Food Stamps, Unemployment, Veterans, Soc. Sec., Medicaid, TANF) to which they are entitled.
Financial Stability: 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.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Free Civil Legal Services for Veterans, Dutchess/Orange provides advice & counsel, representation and referrals to those who have served, including those suffering from trauma, injuries, or experiencing denial of benefits, eviction/foreclosure, domestic violence & predatory consumer practices. This program protects veterans' rights to the basic necessities of life as guaranteed by law.
Goal: Help veterans and their families’ access affordable and safe housing that meets their needs.
Hudson River Housing, Inc.
VetZero Program (formerly VIP) provides housing assistance to address the needs of low-income veterans who are homeless or are at imminent risk of homelessness. Services are meant to ensure that veterans are quickly and stably housed and include outreach, housing location/counseling, and assistance with initial housing costs, transportation, and service linkages to help them sustain housing.
A free, confidential, multilingual service to assist the public in finding the answers to a variety of Health and Human Services related questions. It is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Is an indicator project and resource that assesses our Mid-Hudson Valley region to quantify strengths and challenges, and help determine priorities and launch community-wide discussions about improving quality of life.