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Kindness in Dutchess County



Make it a mission to make a difference

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.

Volunteer!

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
Help care for cats and dogs in a no-kill shelter
Beacon, arfbeacon.org

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

ARC of Dutchess
Volunteer for special events, share your skills and help with outings and youth services
Poughkeepsie, arcdutchess.org

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, stonykill.org

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
Work with others empower young children and their families
Poughkeepsie, mhcm.org

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

Scenic Hudson
Keep our parks safe and inviting for people and wildlife
Poughkeepsie, scenichudson.org

READ MORE: Volunteering for kids

Donate!

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
regionalfoodbank.net/agency-list-by-county/dutchess

Dutchess Outreach Program
Donate gently used or new children's clothing, plus kitchen and bathroom items
Poughkeepsie, dutchessoutreach.org/how-you-can-help/donate-items

Dress for Success Dutchess County
Share donations of gently used and nearly-new professional attire
Poughkeepsie, dutchesscounty.dressforsuccess.org

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, thebarnthriftshop.com

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, goodwillnynj.org/donate-goods

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

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

READ MORE: Giving back

Inspire!

• Host a storytime at home for your youngsters and friends. Read stories of goodwill, like Baa Baa Black Sheep, as told by Hudson Valley author, Iza Trapani; or My Community by Raven Howell, also from the Hudson Valley

• Pitch-in at a localsoup kitchen, like the Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie, dutchessoutreach.org/the-lunch-box, or the Salvation Army Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Beacon, 845-831-1253

• Join a community group for fun and to entertain others, perhaps the Singing Songbirds Community Chorus in Millbrook, musichealth.net/programs/singing-songbirds Kindness in Dutchess County