Dear United Way of the ,

Welcome to United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region's Juneteenth 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. We hope you enjoy participating in the challenge by reading, watching, and listening to the daily selections.

We would appreciate receiving any feedback you have about the challenge. Please reach out to us with feedback or questions by emailing

Thank you,

The Members of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee



“If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ” 


Choose to read, watch or listen to a story below.

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From NPR

Slavery Didn't End On Juneteenth. What You Should Know About This Important Day

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From VOX

Why All Americans Should Honor Juneteenth

Watch Here


From The Daily

The History and Meaning of Juneteenth

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Please note that we do not endorse the stories above, we are simply providing a list of resources pertinent to DEI topics.


The 21-Day Equity Challenge is sponsored by Corporation for National and Community Service .

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. It is our responsibility to amplify voices of color and bring awareness to the challenges faced by historically marginalized communities.

It has been a little over two years since the start of the pandemic here in the United States and for many of us, it seems as if it's never going to end. With many of us isolated from our families and support groups, the toll that death takes on us can become insurmountable.

We here at United Way of the Dutchess and Orange Region empathize with the grieving families of those we lost to Covid-19 and we want you to know that you are not alone.

As of June 13th, 2022, over one million people have died of covid. If you or anyone you know is trying to cope with the death of a loved one due to covid-19, New York Health offers support counselors, educational resources, online wellness groups, and more.

Call NY Project Hope at (844) 863-9314 today and know that we at United Way are here for you.

If you are in need of assistance regarding one or more of the following; nutrition assistance, elder services, substance abuse, access to healthcare, etc., please call our free 24-hour emergency hotline at 2-1-1 and our trained specialists can connect you to thousands of local health and human services resources. Please visit to learn more.

United Way is committed to equity, inclusion, and anti-racist principles and continues to work towards preventing further isolation and mental health barriers.

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