FROM: Jeannie Montano, President & CEO, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

Please give what you can to help us meet our $200,000 goal. The need in our community is still growing. Every gift makes a difference in someone's life.
Thank you! With your help we are making a difference in people's lives every day! For more information:

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region responds daily to COVID-19 requests in our community. 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 September 15 we have

  • Working with a local town's recreation department to provide 200 meals to their residents.

  • Provided hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies for 100 for a local nonprofit to help keep their clients and staff safe.

  • Distributed PPE and necessities for 1,125 families and children, providing undergarments, Bomba socks, clothing, diapers, wipes, blankets, sneakers, sanitizer and masks, and school supplies through our No Contact Day of Sharing Program. Contact Rebecca Lull ( 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.

  • United Way’s free confidential 24/7 2-1-1 Helpline has received 13,558 COVID-19 related calls over the past 7 months.

  • Thank you for joining us to deliver help to 89,336 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.

  • Make a Difference next Tuesday and join us for a fun-filled Letter Writing Party for our Seniors on October 20 at 4PM. For more information and to sign up, go to This event was made possible for the community due to the generous support from AARP.

  • Applications for Holiday Helping Hand grants are due by 5PM on Friday, October 23. For information and to apply, go to

  • On November 18 at 10am, join United Way and Rhinebeck Bank for a Financial Literacy Workshop for First-Time Homebuyers with Vincent Aurigemma. For more information and to sign up, go to

  • Remember to be counted! The deadline is extended through the end of October. Make sure to complete the U.S. Census at

  • Check with your friends to make sure they receive their stimulus! 5 million people will have to wait until next year if they don’t take action by Nov 21. This includes 625,000 New Yorkers! To help, United Way launched an EIP helpline that can be accessed via 211 (or by calling directly:1-844-322-3639or online at
There is a new financial incentive for Americans to give generously to qualifying charities, including United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and many of our community partners. The new universal tax break for charitable donations was included in the final $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law last week and will go into effect starting with the 2020 tax year. The measure grants taxpayers an above-the-line deduction for up to $300 in charitable donations given in 2020. For example, if you take the standard deduction and give $300 to charity, you will get a $300 tax break in addition to the standard deduction.
Thanks to the following for their support of our community through United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Dutchess Orange Community Strong COVID-19 Fund:
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