Community Fund Investment
July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
Funding priority areas of
Common Ground Farm (CGF)
Beacon Schools Food Access program is a food access initiative targeted to support the most food-insecure students of the Beacon community, in an effort to ensure that all students and their families are able to eat fresh, nutritious food.
Dutchess Outreach, Inc.
Fresh Market acts as a more equitable, healthy food provider for low-income residents of the City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County by affording them Hudson Valley grown produce. This past season, the market program was able to grow and glean the largest quantity of produce over the life of the program, more than 9,000 lbs grown and gleaned from our local farming partners.
Food For Kids
Food For Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization developed by the Washingtonville local community. Their purpose is to address food insecurity and supply children in the Washingtonville Central School District with easy-to-prepare food for weekends and school holidays/breaks with an extension of the program during the summer months.
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 of the Hudson Valley, 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.
Dutchess County Community Action Agency, Inc.
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.
Grace Smith House
Positive Teen Relationships Program goes into middle & high school classrooms; administrative, PTA & teacher meetings & community events to educate about trauma and resilience and the signs, dangers, trajectory & coping skills for the problems of bullying, cyber bullying & teen dating violence. Students are taught to be active bystanders and make their schools safe.
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.
Newburgh Armory Unity Center
The Comprehensive Pre-K-Career Program provides hundreds of Newburgh Youth Pre-K-12 access to academic enrichment classes. Classes expose youth to a diversity of careers and skills in high demand in the 21st Century. Community residents and industry professionals facilitate hands-on educational experiences in literacy, math, health & computer science, aviation and engineering.
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
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. These activities include homework help and tutoring, academic instruction, and engaging science, technology, arts and recreational electives.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Green Teen Youth Vocational Training Through Community Garden provides Positive Youth Development (PYD) to youth, 14 years and up, who evidence one or more risk factors. Through after-school and summer vocational employment, the mentorship and experience they receive serve as protective factors against risky behaviors, such as crime and school drop-out, and equips them for college and careers.
Life, Learning and Language (LLL) is an after-school and summer enrichment program for students who are English as a New Language (ENL) learners in grades K-5 who live in the Rhinebeck and Red Hook Central School Districts. LLL is a program of CultureConnect, in partnership with Rhinebeck Central School District, Red Hook Central Schools and Bard College.
The Teen Resource Activity Center’s (TRAC) mission is to meet the needs of youth, providing strength-based programming to support them in reaching their goals and achieving positive youth development outcomes during their most vulnerable years. The program provides youth with the tools and skills needed to be successful in school, the community and their future.
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 By teaching elementary students in school gardens, Land to Learn (formerly “Hudson Valley Seed”) helps Beacon and Newburgh kids learn hands-on outdoors. In weekly lessons 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 to implement its 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. Schools are recruited to participate in the program and volunteers are trained and matched with a student in a school. Classroom BB volunteers read aloud to children, using a dialogic reading method to give them 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 and instills good citizenship skills to help their peers.
North East Community Center
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 cultural/recreation events. It also benefits from education in social and cultural diversity, healthy relationships, and other life skills that deter harmful behaviors, chosen by the NECC Program Director.
REAL Skills Network
S.T.A.R.T Program is a free afterschool program for K-5 students in the City of Poughkeepsie School District that focuses on techniques to support academic retention and progression. Students work alongside high school, college and adult mentors in academic and enrichment activities. The multi-age approach of the program also addresses social skills and the navigation of peer relationships at a young age.
Vassar College Urban Education Initiative
Vassar English Language Learners Outreach Program (VELLOP) provides tutoring services to English Language Learner (ELL) students throughout the Poughkeepsie City School District. VELLOP focuses on improved literacy, bilingualism, and increased connection to school for young learners while engaging Vassar undergraduates with the learning needs of Poughkeepsie's low-income, immigrant families.
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 provides holistic crisis intervention and case management services to singles and families, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Services are individualized, both by service plan AND duration. CCCSDC looks beyond the presenting crisis to ensure financial, health, physical and emotional needs are not only met but are sustainable.
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 situations that may impact their well-being.
Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Healthy Connections program, first established in 2013, serves homeless individuals and/or experiencing housing instability within Orange County. Its goals are to improve access to medications and non-emergency medical transportation while bringing local services into contact with patients. Ultimately this aims to break the homelessness cycle.
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County
Crisis Intervention & Case Management program serves low income families in its community who struggle to meet their basic needs; shelter, utilities and food, living pay check to pay check. When faced by an unexpected crisis, the family must choose between meeting the crisis and putting food on the table. The Crisis Intervention & Case Management programs will help the family meet the immediate crisis and develop skills to avoid future crises.
Dutchess Outreach, Inc.
Emergency Assistance Program works with families and individuals who are facing various emergencies in their lives and help them become self-sufficient through case management and advocacy to overcome a financial crisis.
Exodus Transitional Community
Community Reentry Program/Financial Stability Program improves the condition of our neighbors in Dutchess & Orange Counties who are affected by poverty and limited resources. Specifically, it will establish a foundation for financial stability by providing resources needed immediately in order to secure employment (identification documentation & hard-skills certification training), as well as to retain employment (one-on-one financial counseling).
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.
Hudson River Housing
Housing Navigation Program provides assistance to homeless, at-risk, and low-income households in securing appropriate housing.
Jewish Family Services
Financial Empowerment Program, a program of over 25 years, has provided emergency funds to members of the community. Its 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 JFS makes 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 prevents homelessness for children & families; helps families to retain protected subsidized housing; provides emergency cash assistance & casework support to clients facing eviction; prevents foreclosures or obtains affordable mortgage loan modifications. It helps clients to stabilize/increase their incomes by obtaining/maintaining public benefits or bankruptcy protection; makes referrals.
Pawling Resource Center
Ride to Health provides transportation services and homebound delivery for the non-driving population in Pawling, including seniors, families and vulnerable populations, to access food and medical services.
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.
Help veterans and their families to access legal services.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Veterans and Military Families Services for Dutchess and 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.
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.
Hudson Valley 2-1-1 Helpline
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.
Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles
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.