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Kindness in Dutchess County

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Kindness in Dutchess County

Throughout the year, Hudson Valley Parent is sharing ways that individuals and families can express kindness through volunteerism, donations and inspirational gestures. This month, we're looking at opportunities in Dutchess County.


Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
Help care for cats and dogs in a no-kill shelter

Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess
Join the effort to provide families of Dutchess County with quality, affordable homeownership

Stony Kill Foundation
Help out during special events, including bake sales/refreshments, children's activities and crafts, and more, along with trail work, greenhouse care and other projects
Wappingers Falls,

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Volunteer for work in agriculture/horticulture, environmental and energy, family and consumer educations and 4H youth development

Scenic Hudson
Keep our parks safe and inviting for people and wildlife

READ MORE: Volunteering for kids


Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Contribute to the Food Bank's work in providing more than 35 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies, including more than 60 food pantries and organizations in Dutchess County

Dutchess Outreach Program
Donate gently used or new children's clothing, plus kitchen and bathroom items

Dress for Success Dutchess County
Share donations of gently used and nearly-new professional attire

The Barn Thrift Shop
Contribute a wide variety of donated goods, including gently used car seats, strollers, cribs, highchairs; clothing, shoes and accessories; computer equipment, housewares and kitchen items; musical instruments and more 
Pleasant Valley,

Goodwill - Wappingers Falls Store and Donation Center
Drop off clothes, vintage toys and clean stuffed animals, home decor and furnishings, appliances and other goods
Wappingers Falls,

Grace Smith House
Bring in donations of infant/toddler items, personal hygiene products and non-perishable foods 

Wappingers Salvation Army
Donate clothing, furniture, household goods, appliances and more
Wappingers Falls,


• Pitch-in at a local soup kitchen, like the Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie, or the Salvation Army Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Beacon, 845-831-1253