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, even as we reopen. Thank you.
As we enter Phase 3, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region continues to respond to daily COVID-19 requests in our community. Each week, we've used your donations during the crisis to provide critical help. Now during the re-opening and recovery, 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 1,600 people at community food distribution sites in Orange County.

  • Distributed food gift cards to 10 immigrant families in rural Dutchess County.

  • Replenished a food pantry in the CIty of Poughkeepsie and provided PPE so they can safely reopen.

  • Provided PPE for a Community Center that helps Veterans, Seniors, Support Groups and families; they can now return to their important social programs. 

  • United Way’s free confidential 24/7 2-1-1 Helpline has received 11,385 COVID-19 related calls over the past 15 weeks. 

  • On Fridays in June we will be offering nonprofit, school and church representatives a No Contact Day of Sharing. Contact Rebecca Lull ( or 845-471-1900 ext 3113) for more information about this program. Arrangements must be made in advance.

  • Searching for a unique gift for someone special? From a Tiffany necklace to winery tours, you'll find the perfect gift at our online auction. Bidding is open now through June 25 at 12noon. Go to:

  • You're invited to join us tomorrow - June 24 - at 6:00pm for the Virtual Celebration of Service Awards as we salute our community during these difficult times. Prizes will be awarded during the celebration! Register now (free):

  • Thank you for helping us deliver help to 74,657 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.
Thank you! With your help we are making a difference in people's lives every day! For more information:
If you couldn't attend last week's Nonprofit Professional Development Training , click here or on the video to stream a recording of the event.
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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