Urgent help for families impacted by COVID-19

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For those who were already living paycheck to paycheck, the recent closures have placed added pressure on their already constrained resources. As hourly jobs close, benefits are suspended, daycares and schools close, access to food, daycare, and a steady income are becoming harder and harder for many. These families need your help now more than ever.

Make a donation to our Urgent Need Dutchess Orange Community Strong Fund today to help support families in crisis. 

In just the last week alone:

  • United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is helping feed 132 children that depend on school meals during the week and weekends with more than 2,500 meals right now.
  • We are continuing to provide food to make sure local pantries are fully stocked.
  • We will continue helping students with any resources they need to finish their semester.
  • We're distributing hygiene kits in our local schools. These include needed items like hand sanitizer.
  • We've helped a formerly homeless veteran, who'd just given birth, with essential items like a crib and diapers so she could bring her baby home from the hospital.
  • We're providing books for parents to read at home with their children during the quarantine. We also provided books to a pop-up child care center for essential workers.
  • We are connecting volunteers to meal deliveries for seniors.
  • In the past week, United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline has answered almost 5,000 calls from the Hudson Valley.
  • Our Day of Sharing resources are available to our nonprofit, faith-based and school partners. To request items, please contact Rebecca Lull at [email protected] or 845-471-1900 ext 3113.

and we are continuing to respond to the needs of our community as the situation evolves.

During this time of social distancing YOU can still help your neighbor!

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

Kristina Giangrego from City of Poughkeepsie School District picks up hygiene supplies on Friday for care packs that went home with students as schools closed.

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