Urgent help for families impacted by COVID-19

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    United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region responds daily to COVID-19 requests in our community. Each week, we use your donations to provide critical help to those in greatest need. Now during the reopening and recovery phases, we continue to help those who are struggling to provide food for their families and keep them safe.
    Since last week we have: 
    • Provided food for 2,000 people by restocking a community food pantry.
    • Purchased PPE to local nonprofits so they can safely reopen their summer educational programs and help serve 625 children.
    • For 25 formerly incarcerated individuals, making a new life, we provided basic hygiene items like toothpaste, shampoo, soap and more.
    • Helped a struggling young mother coming home with a newborn by providing baby clothing.
    • Last Friday, three organizations picked up items for 50 clients at the No Contact Day of Sharing, including infant and children's clothes, diapers, baby wipes, a car seat and children's activity books. Contact Rebecca Lull ([email protected] or 845-471-1900 ext 3113) for more information about this program that serves nonprofits, faith-based organizations and schools. Arrangements must be made in advance. Please note that we are closed this Friday (7/3) for the July 4th holiday.
    • Remember to be counted! Make sure to complete the U.S. Census. City of Poughkeepsie residents: click here for a link to the English version or call 844-330-2020; click here for the Spanish version or call 844-468-2020.
    • United Way’s free confidential 24/7 2-1-1 Helpline has received 11,570 COVID-19 related calls over the past 16 weeks. This week callers are still seeking information on COVID-19. Re-opening is generating a new set of questions as well as increased anxiety on the part of frontline workers returning to work and fearful of exposure. Food insecurity accounted for 30% of all calls last week.
    • Thank you for helping us deliver help to 77,545 people in Dutchess and Orange counties since March 12. Together we are #DOCommunityStrong against COVID-19.
    and we are continuing to respond to the daily needs of our community as the situation evolves.


    100% of your donation is tax-deductible.

    Your donation will remain in our Dutchess and Orange County communities and will provide lifesaving resources to families impacted by COVID-19.

    For some of the available resources in our community, go to uwdor.org/covid19-communityresources. If you have or know of a resource to be added, please email [email protected].

    You can call United Way’s 2-1-1 confidential free helpline 24/7 with non-emergency questions or concerns about COVID-19.

    You can learn more about United Way’s response to COVID-19 by visiting uwdor.org/coronavirus-faqs

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