FROM: Jeannie Montano, President & CEO, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region responds to COVID-19 in our community. We are using your donations immediately to provide critical help every day through the crisis and now during the recovery.
Since last week we have:
Served 250 to-go meals to homeless individuals in the City of Newburgh.
Provided gift cards to purchase food and essentials for 16 struggling families.
Distributed 2500 kits to help people safely dispose of medications during this challenging time and protect their loved ones.
Purchased food, PPE and other items of basic need for 50 survivors of domestic abuse and their families who are restarting their lives during this crisis.
Said thank you to the City of Middletown, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie Police Departments during National Police Week with dinners for their staff of day and evening shifts.
United Way’s free confidential 24/7 2-1-1 Helpline has received 10,272 COVID-19 related calls over the past 9 weeks.
During June, United Way offers virtual and socially distanced volunteer activities for the whole family around our traditional Day of Action: www.uwdor.org/dayofaction2020.
Nonprofit staff and key volunteers are invited to join United Way for the Virtual Nonprofit Staff Development Training, "Rebuilding for a Stronger Tomorrow," on June 18. Register now: www.uwdor.org/nonprofittraining.
Let us all come together on 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: www.uwdor.org/virtualcelebration2020.
Thank you for helping us deliver help to almost 50,000 people in Dutchess and Orange counties since March 12th. Together we are #DOCommunityStrong against COVID-19.
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.