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With Flying Colors, Inc. is a New York State Not for Profit Corporation. As a public charity we rely on the generous support of businesses and individuals to make our programs a success. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming involved in this exciting art adventure!
Students can receive 1/2 hour or 1 hour as determined by the Community Service Coordinator for creating an original post card and sending it. Please see the Community Service Coordinator to plan your project prior to starting it.
The Community at Brookmeade, located on 75 country acres just outside the Village of Rhinebeck, is a senior living retirement community serving the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. Arbor Ridge offers independent living, The Terraces offers assisted living, and The Baptist Home provides long term care, sub-acute rehabilitation, palliative care and Out-Patient Rehabilitation Services.
We are always looking for community members who want to get involved in the Starr. We utilize the skills and interests of residents to make our library a better place. Students may be able to help the library by completing their school’s community service requirement with us. Retirees can volunteer to help others. The Friends of the Library holds book sales that need staff. Do you have a special interest or experience? Perhaps you could lead a program at the Starr.
- The PTSO provides support and funding to both faculty and administration. Our financial support allows for additional classroom items and learning experiences not covered by the school budget, and which would not be possible without PTSO assistance. Teachers may request funds through a Teacher Grant, as well as by participating in the Giving Tree project and the Library Book project. Follow us on Twitter for helpful education news and links.
- The PTSO strives to empower students by supporting student-led activities and clubs, after-school electives, and in many other ways. We encourage you to check out the latest activities at CLS, BMS and RHS, and to like us on our Facebook page. Also, follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information on school sports and activities!
- The PTSO works together with families to empower students and promote success both in and out of the classroom. Please become a member of the PTSO and get involved in our school community. We offer many types and levels of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We encourage you to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information on school sports and activities, and links to educational, nutritional and volunteer news!?
- History of the Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Company, Rescue Squad and Ladies Auxiliary
The Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Company was organized in 1914. Originally, the firehouse was located on the site across from Morton Library on Kelley Street, in a small wooden garage. In times of fire, the rim of a locomotive wheel would be banged for a bell. In 1926-1927, a brick building was built on the corner of Shatzell and Orchard Sts. The architect was William J. Beardsly. Later, an addition was built in order to accommodate a new fire truck.
- In the early to mid-1900s, The Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Company was more than a volunteer service. The company was held by the bonds and friendships unique to a small place. The company would throw many annual social events: a carnival in the parking lot of the firehouse, complete with a ferris wheel, a clam bake at the Firemen’s Field on Valley Way Road with legendary card games going on late into the night. They had a baseball team known as the “Dock Rats” and sponsored a Little League team.
- The Ladies Auxiliary was formed mainly by the wives of the firemen. In times of trouble, they would prepare food and beverages at the firehouse, take it to the fire scene, and help keep the men on task.
- Today, the Rhinecliff Fire Company continues its traditions as a volunteer company. The Hamlet of Rhinecliff is a residential community within the Town of Rhinebeck, located approximately 90 miles north of New York City. It spans approximately 15 square miles and has about 750 permanent residents. In recent years, the population that works in the Fire District has significantly decreased. Currently the Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Company is comprised of 75 members, of which 25 are active.
- THE RHINEBECK FIRE DEPARTMENT NEEDS YOU!
- We are actively recruiting new members For all services offered by the Fire Department. We are a VOLUNTEER Agency comprised of approximately 50 active members and 50 life members. All training and equipment is provided by the department at no cost to the member.
- Volunteers are need for the following positions:
- Fire - A fire member must complete the Firefighter I Course within two years of becoming an active member of the department. Junior fire members ages 16-18 are welcome as well. Juniors members must abide by the same rules and regulations as regular members. Parental and guardianship consent must be provided prior to approval.
- Duties and Regulations
- Attendance quotas for calls, drills, meetings, fire or emergency's and fund raisers. Participation in work details and maintenance. Must attend mandated OSHA courses, yearly physicals and fit test.
- Rescue Squad - Prospective members can choose to be a member of the rescue squad. Those who choose to be rescue members can be drivers, EMT 's or Certified first responders. All training is provided by the Department free of charge.
- Duties and Regulations
- Attendance quotas for calls, drills meetings, fires or emergency's and fund raisers. Participation in work details and maintenance. Must attend mandated OSHA courses and yearly physicals which are provided free of charge by the department.
- Scene Support - Scene support is comprised of both men and woman and requires completion of a mandatory a 40 hour Scene Support course given by New York State Fire instructors.
Duties and Regulations
- Provide support services such as refreshments to fire and
rescue personnel during prolonged periods of time in handling disasters. Participate in fund raisers and community events. Support all emergency scene operations excluding interior firefighting and overhaul.
Deb Dows’ creation of the Foundation in 1983 was intended to preserve her lands, care for the animals and continue the development of individuals. Through prudent management of the endowment and your support, we continue to fulfill her intentions. We never lose sight of our mission, nor our responsibilities as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 entity. Your support is fundamental to Southlands success. Your membership contributions are an acknowledgement of your belief in and support for our Mission: to provide a historical and agrarian connection to the community, and to cultivate a respect and love for the land and its animals through education, conservation, and outdoor recreation.
- Volunteers are the lifeblood of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, providing crucial support services that are vital to the hospital and the well-being of its patients. Every day, willing volunteers donate their time and energy so that St. Jude can fulfill its mission of finding cures and providing care.
- Filling a wide variety of roles throughout the hospital, the impact of volunteers extends beyond the immediate needs they meet. Whether they are playing games with children, serving tasty treats in the Kay Kafe, or giving parents a much-needed break, their generosity leaves a lasting impression on all those they serve.
- LANDSMAN KILL STOCKING CLUB
- FISHING CONTEST
- STOCKING DAY
Young Rhinebeck is a community based, volunteer led, not-for-profit organization based in the Mid-Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck, New York. Founded in 1993, our mission is to prepare youth to interact with their local and global community with intelligence, cultural competence, ethics, compassion, and generosity. It runs after-school and summer programs for school-age youth in the Rhinebeck Central School District
Through direct service youth programs and highly regarded training programs for adults, Ramapo works on behalf of children who face obstacles to learning, including children with special needs, enabling them to succeed in the classroom, at home, and in life. At the heart of our work is the conviction that all children seek the same things: to learn, feel valued, and experience success. Ramapo helps young people learn to align their behaviors with their aspirations.
- Inspired by our legacy of progressive women’s leadership and guided by our Jewish values, JWI works to ensure that all women and girls thrive in healthy relationships, control their financial futures and realize the full potential of their personal strength.
- Ending Violence Against Women
One in four women will experience abuse in her lifetime – as early as her teens. We design innovative programs to protect the security of women and girls, from healthy relationship education for teens, to economic literacy for women of every age. Organizations turn to us for critical resources and training, delivered through national and local forums, that empower professionals, advocates and clergy to end domestic violence and protect the fundamental rights of women.
- Taking Action
At the grassroots level, at the United Nations and on Capitol Hill, our advocacy agenda is centered on violence prevention and reproductive rights. We convene the Interfaith Coalition on Domestic Violence, gathering the larger faith community as a key partner in education and prevention. And we engage Jewish women across the country in creative grassroots efforts – working with their members of Congress through our national advocacy network, and lending their unique energy to programs that educate their communities about critical issues.
- A Future for Women and Children at Risk
Our current philanthropic initiatives reflect our long-held and long-term commitment to transform at-risk young lives into healthy, productive futures. Our 60-year relationship with the Jerusalem Hills Children’s Home represents our investment in a partnership that anchors our commitment to Israel and its most fragile and vulnerable citizens. Our National Library Initiative and Mother’s Day Flower Project bring resources and support to battered women and their children.
- Empowering Jewish Women
We celebrate women’s achievements, and in doing so inspires the next generation of leaders. In person, in print and online we spotlight dozens of Jewish women, and awaken thousands more to their own strength and extraordinary potential as agents of change. Our award-winning magazine, Jewish Woman, has received more than 30 national awards for its creative content, writing and design.
- About Us:United Way wants all children to be educated and ready to succeed. We want all families to be healthy, financially stable and independent. We want all neighborhoods to be vibrant and safe. With the power of caring organizations and individuals, we'll make our community stronger. We'll make it better.
- Mission:United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region builds a stronger, healthier community by raising funds, developing resources and forging partnerships that make a measurable difference in people's lives.
- Vision:As the area's premier impact organization, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region serves as a catalyst to increase the community's capacity to improve the lives of its citizens.
- Accountability - We are accountable to donors, volunteers, community and ourselves in the advancement of our mission.
- Integrity - We build relationships with individuals and groups in the community based upon honesty and integrity.
- Diversity – We value our differences and take pride in inclusiveness.
- Leadership - We drive changes that improve and advance the mission and goals of our organization.
- Service - We actively seek opportunities to serve our community.
- Everyone knows that our campers are an extraordinary group of brave children, but not everyone knows that our volunteer counselors are extraordinary, too! Each has their own motivation for volunteering but everyone is a caring, dedicated, responsible and fun-loving individual. They give up a week of vacation time, a week of salary, a week with their own families to live in a cabin, eat camp food, dress in silly costumes and return home incredibly tired. It is quite possibly the best week in their year!
- The Camp Rising Sun volunteer experience is as much a gift to them as it is to our campers. They truly become part of the “Camp Rising Sun Family.” If you have these special qualities and want to share in the fun, please click here for an application. Our hiring process starts in January.
- There are plenty of staff on-hand at all times. The overall ratio of campers to staff is two to one. Cabin staff eat, sleep, and participate in activities with the campers. Other staff positions are administrative and include directors, medical staff, program directors and specialized staff.
- Wilderstein’s group of dedicated volunteers contribute their time and talents to a wide range of enriching and vital assignments that are necessary for the operation of the site. From giving tours to landscape maintenance, cataloguing and preserving the collections, serving on committees and planning events, our volunteers give hundreds of hours each year. Some of the benefits of volunteering at Wilderstein include:
- Spending time in a beautiful and historic environment.
- Learning about the history of the Hudson Valley through workshops, training, and special educational programs offered specifically for Wilderstein volunteers.
- Meeting visitors from around the nation and the world.
- Building long-lasting friendships.
- We are always looking for people who would like to share in the rewarding experience of helping to preserve this important landmark and sharing it with others.
- MDA-sponsored summer camps offer a wide range of programs for young people ages 6 to 17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease. Campers attend weeklong sessions organized by MDA volunteers and staff. Camp activities are geared to the abilities of campers, and may include fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating, field hockey and baseball. Less physically demanding activities include arts and crafts, nature study, talent shows, cookouts and entertainment.
- Volunteer counselors (who must be at least 16 years old) receive an orientation and training that includes wheelchair techniques, lifting and transfers, personal hygiene and emergency procedures. The primary responsibility of each counselor is to provide both physical and psychological support to their camper, thereby helping him or her enjoy camp. Medical staff are available throughout the week to meet any health care needs that may arise.
Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum and Airshows were established in 1993 as 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations in order to continue Cole Palen’s legacy and ensure the long-term protection and survival of his collection. The Aerodrome’s mission is to obtain, restore, maintain and display Pioneer, World War I and Lindbergh era aircraft, vehicles, related equipment, documents, memorabilia and artifacts of historical significance while seeking to educate the public regarding the historical significance of its collection and the scientific and technological advancements that it represents.
- The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:
- Disaster Relief: The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes. We work in partnership with other agencies and organizations that provide services to disaster victims.
- Supporting Americas Military Families: The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.
- Lifesaving Blood: Your donations of blood are what make the American Red Cross the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply.
- Health And Safety Services: The Red Cross is the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in our training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.
- International Services: The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, we help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and teach the rules of war. Each year, we reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe.
- A Leader in Disability Rights: We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.
- Strong National Presence: With more than 140,000 members and nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, we are on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be members of the community.
- Deeply Rooted History: The Arc was born more than 60 years ago from a grassroots movement of families working vigilantly to create services for children and adults who were being denied day care, educational opportunities and work programs.
- Astor Services for Children & Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children's mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs. Astor serves children and families in New York State's Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx.
- Through a wide variety of premier quality education and mental health services, Astor provides support for pre-schoolers, children with behavioral and emotional health problems, children at risk of placement in foster care, and families that need assistance in developing the skills necessary to raise their children in an environment filled with increasing challenges. Astor currently serves thousands of children each year through its prevention, early childhood, special education, community behavioral health and residential treatment programs.
- Many children in our communities struggle with emotional and psychological problems that make it difficult for them to experience the simple everyday pleasures of being a child.
- Volunteering is fun, big time.
- Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.
- Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy it even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.
- In Dutchess County, Catholic Charities Community Services is a resource for families and individuals in an area where 10,500 people in the workforce lost their job and nearly 60,000 county residents are on food stamps. At its main office in downtown Poughkeepsie, at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Dover Plains and at the Northeast Community Center in Millerton, Catholic Charities creates an individual plan of recovery for each client.
- At its main offices located at 59 Pearl Street, Kingston, Catholic Charities in Ulster offers food assistance including special meals for such medical conditions as diabetes and hypertension.
- The Community Family Development (CFD) center is one of the largest non-profit day care centers in Dutchess County which focuses on serving all families. The center maintains an enrollment of approximately 87 infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school-aged children. The staff includes approximately 18 teachers and care providers. The Community Family Development center is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
- Our goal is to provide day care services for children ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. We have continued to grow in both size and scope to better serve our community.
- Today, the center continues to pursue the same goals and hold to the same values that were established by the original founding agency more than 40 years ago. The Community Family Development center’s highly professional and well-trained staff, in combination with its equally talented and dedicated Board, continues to successfully navigate the organization through challenging economic conditions without sacrificing the quality of the services and ideals set forth by the founders.
- Our Mission is to provide child care services and developmentally appropriate early childhood and youth programs, in a diverse and caring environment that promotes the growth and development of the children we serve, and offers support, encouragement, and assistance to their families.
There are countless ways to get involved with the Dutchess County Community Action Agency. If you’re the type that likes to see the fruits of your labor, check out our volunteer opportunities where you can directly affect those we serve. We also appreciate those that may not have the time but have the wherewithal to make a difference financially. If you’re interested in seeing what’s going on, visit our calendar of events.
- The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County, Inc. (CAPE), (formerly the Dutchess County Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Inc.), was founded in 1987. The Council was established to meet the growing need for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention and education services in Dutchess County. CAPE is certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to provide prevention counseling and education to businesses, community organizations, schools and agencies
- CAPE’s mission is to provide, promote and pioneer prevention education services for the citizens of Dutchess County and neighboring areas so that they can make healthy and responsible choices to improve individual and community quality of life.
- Our purpose is to meet the temporary, basic needs of individuals and families when no other resources are readily available to them.
- To act as an advocate through the referral and follow-up process for needy individuals/families and find appropriate resources which will enable such persons to meet their basic needs on a long-term basis.
- To act as an advocate by promoting community awareness of social problems and generating support for improvement of the system's response to human needs.
When a non-profit social services agency enjoys the longevity of over a 135 years it must be because it’s doing something right – especially when it has evolved into the organization we are to today. And, although the operations and processes have changed, our goals and purposes are still the same as in 1879 – “to assist people in need and to strengthen families under stress.” In our work we “Provide Hope, Improve Lives and Strengthen Community”. Knowing that history informs both the present and our futures, it is worthwhile to examine where we have been.
In the late 1970's, when the idea for the Grace Smith House shelter was born, no one envisioned that our organization would serve over 2,500 families in flight from their personal domestic violence horror each year. Today, Grace Smith House has grown from one crisis shelter at its inception in 1981, to two shelters, one second stage housing and our Follow-up and Non-Residential programs. Our programs provide Adult & Child counselling, Family Court advocacy, Child Protective Services, Social Services advocacy, Life Skills training, continuing Support Groups and education about domestic violence.
- Community Leadership: Greystone is a leader in the field of advocacy and services for people and families living with Autism and other developmental disabilities through improved cooperation and partnerships
- Diversification of Services: Greystone broadens service delivery by increasing opportunities for individuals and families living with Autism and other developmental disabilities
- At one time, the issue of homelessness in Dutchess County was thought to be a temporary problem. Over our 30 years of service, we have seen the demand for safe, decent and affordable housing far outpacing supply. There is a chronic shortage of transitional units and permanent apartments in Dutchess County, and the dream of homeownership remains unattainable for many families in our market.
- Hudson River Housing, Inc. (HRH) was created to address these issues. Since our founding in 1982, we have grown from one program designed to house the homeless, to twenty-five separate programs offering housing and supportive services, including a full-service NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center.
- In 2010, we served over 3,500 individuals and households. We have developed 675 units of housing, and currently manage 757 units. The expertise of HRH is relied upon to inform local planning related to homelessness, housing and community development. We also provide a variety of services to populations with mental health issues, chemical dependencies, victims of domestic violence, and low- and moderate-income households in general.
- To achieve our mission, HRH operates four primary lines of business: Real Estate Development, Asset and Property Management, Support Services, and Homeownership Promotion and Preservation.
- For more than 50 years, our work with people impacted by behavioral health challenges has been consistent, responsive and expansive. Our multi-faceted approach allows us to serve an increasing number of children, families and adults every year. Last year we were able to transform the lives of more than one million Americans. As a result, we have been recognized as a leading provider of innovative mental health services, advocacy and education in New York City and nationwide.
- While hundreds of thousands of people in emotional crisis call one of our 15 local, state or national hotlines we administer, thousands more are helped through our advocacy for veterans, older adults and others in need of better mental health care. Our Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education is a galvanizing force, successful in putting mental health on legislative agendas at City Hall, in Albany and in Washington, D.C.
- Whether it is in times of personal crisis or widespread disaster, we use leading edge technological solutions to help people access the care they need anytime, anywhere and in any way that works for them.
- As the health and behavioral health fields undergo radical transformations, we will remain at the forefront, willing and able to rise to any challenges we may face. Our commitment to transforming lives and strengthening communities is the lifeblood of our organization.
- ABOUT US: The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasized God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.’*
- The movement, founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world.
- The rapid deployment of the first Salvationists was aided by the adoption of a quasi-military command structure in 1878 when the title, ‘The Salvation Army’, was brought into use. A similarly practical organization today enables resources to be equally flexible. Responding to a recurrent theme in Christianity which sees the Church engaged in spiritual warfare, the Army has used to advantage certain soldierly features such as uniforms, flags and ranks to identify, inspire and regulate its endeavors.
- Evangelistic and social enterprises are maintained, under the authority of the General, by full-time officers and employees, as well as soldiers who give service in their free time. The Army also benefits from the support of many adherents and friends, including those who serve on advisory boards.
- OUR WORK: From family tracing to disaster response, The Salvation Army offers a wide variety of services worldwide. Below is an overview of what we do. If you would like to find out more about any of the services we offer, please get in contact with the Salvation Army in your country.
- Addiction Dependency: For those in need, the Salvation Army runs a number of addiction rehabilitation programs. We believe in taking the holistic approach, not just helping the client to overcome their addiction, but attacking the roots of that addiction.
- Emergency Response: From sites of natural and man-made disasters to places of human conflict, the Salvation Army is there to provide compassion and practical support to those in real and sudden need. The Army strives to provide first for the immediate physical needs but beyond that, ministry for the aching heart and the weary soul.
- Family Tracing: The Family Tracing Service was officially established in 1885, when it was designated as 'Mrs Booth's Enquiry Bureau'. It has developed to become one of The Salvation Army's most distinctive international services in many territories where it continues to be in operation 120 years on. The mission of the Family Tracing Service is to restore or sustain family relationships by tracing relatives with whom contact has been lost, either recently or in the distant past.
- MISSION: To provide people with disabilities and their families support to attain independence, self-determination, integration and acceptance by other sthrough education, exploration and experience.
- VISION:All people are recognized and valued for their Abilities First.
- Integrity - consistently truthful, dependable, professional and ethical
- Equality - fairness in all opportunities
- Dignity - deserving of respect and consideration
- Distinction - pursuing excellence via world-class best practices
- Diversity - encouraging inclusiveness
The XP Society is the international authority for XP family support and information in making intelligent decisions in the care-giving of XP family members. We are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information and resources as well as providing for families (free of charge) the opportunity to meet other families and experts in the field through Camp Sundown, a unique to the world night camp program and XP family retreat. All this is possible each year through the generous donations of time, talent and monetary contributions. Thank you for your help!
- Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
- We believe all kids have potential and should have the opportunity to discover who they are, express themselves, and be nurtured in all their possibility.
- FOR HEALTHY LIVING
- IMPROVING ULSTER COUNTY’S HEALTH & WELLBEING
- We believe that everyone has the desire to be well and that well-being is best cultivated by providing supportive relationships and environments. We also believe that all people should have the opportunity to be well in spirit, mind, and body.
- FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- GIVING BACK AND PROVIDING SUPPORT TO OUR NEIGHBORS
- We believe that we have a duty to try to help where help is needed. We believe that with support, resources and guidance, people can improve their own lives and the lives of others.
- The YMCA Kingston and Ulster County is a private not-for-profit, community-based organization providing social, health, physical education and recreation services to the residents of Ulster County.
- YMCA programs includes school-age child care, health enhancement / fitness classes, summer camps, swim lessons for all ages, special scholarship programs for low-income youth and families & physical rehabilitation programs. The YMCA serves all groups from infants to seniors.
- Mission Statement:
- “The YMCA is an open, inclusive, interfaith movement which advocates Christian principles through programs that build character, respond to community needs and help build spirit, mind & body for all”
- Diversity and Inclusion Statement:
- Through its many different programs the YMCA seeks develop self-confidence, self-respect, celebrate and embrace our differences and similarities, grow as responsible family members and community citizens, appreciate that health of mind and body is a sacred gift, and that physical fitness and mental well-being are conditions to be achieved and maintained, recognize the worth of all persons and work for inter-racial and inter-group understanding develop capabilities for responsible leadership promote positive character development by challenging people to accept and demonstrate positive values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
- The Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America currently serves more than 9,500 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania.
- The mission of the Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
- Scout Oath: on my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
- Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent
- Across the U.S., 30 million (14%) of the adult population read at or below a 5th grade level. An additional 63 million adults (29%) cannot read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level. Forty-three percent of adults with the lowest literacy levels live in poverty.
- Over 2 million New Yorkers read at or below basic literacy levels and need literacy services. These adults may have trouble filling out a job application, reading a newspaper written at the 8th grade level, helping their children with school work, reading and following directions on a prescription label, or they are immigrants needing English for citizenship, jobs, and to be part of the American dream.
- Across New York State, fewer than 10% of low reading level adults are currently being served by volunteer literacy organizations and adult education agencies. The need for tutors, office and administrative volunteers, volunteers to help in computer labs and with special projects – mailings, newsletters, special events like Scrabble, fund raising, etc. – is monumental. You can be part of the solution and help ensure that those who need literacy services, regardless of where they live in New York, have programs and tutoring available.
- LNY’s 35 affiliates are located across New York State and offer volunteer training and on going support. Your donation of volunteer time and/or your monetary investment in LNY can help the Literacy New York network Build Literate Communities Across New York State.
- Founded in 1970 by Jane Braitmayer Smithers, Northern Dutchess Day Care Center is a NYS licensed, nonprofit child care center providing quality care and education to children ages 18 months through 4 years in a safe and secure environment.
- The Center aims to provide support for children regardless of race, creed, national origin or special needs. All the activities take place in an atmosphere of great respect for each child as an individual with his or her unique interests, learning style and pace taken into consideration.
- The curriculum is carefully planned to promote cognitive, emotional, social, physical and creative development in the children, satisfying their natural desire to learn by doing. The children are included in the process of planning the activities and caring for the Center.
- The environment fosters open learning and is carefully supervised by an experienced, dedicated, and skilled staff.
- The Center considers an important part of its mission to assist, guide and support parents in their child’s education. The Center and its staff, together with parents, will help each child develop to his or her full potential with emphasis on self-respect and acceptance of others
- YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
- Volunteers are essential partners in helping YWCA deliver programs and services throughout the country.
Sign Up to Be an Organ Donor Now How to Register at the DMV How to Sign Up When You Register to Vote Volunteer with Us Make a Financial Contribution Join the Workplace Partnership for Life TCS 2014 New York City Marathon Let’s Order Now Share Life Volunteer with Us Welcome to the New York Organ Donor Network’s volunteer section. We thank you for your interest in supporting our life-saving cause! We focus our efforts on the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and the counties north of New York City, all the way to Poughkeepsie. When you volunteer with us, you’ll be rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to something greater than yourself.
More than 150 volunteers help maintain Locust Grove’s gardens, staff public programs and events, and help with projects from managing our hiking trails to painting fences.
- THE SINTERKLASS TEAM
- A crew of hard-working folk that dream and create together — some of us all year round — to make all the magic of SINTKERLAAS! come alive each year.
- The first edition of Sinterklaas in the Hudson Valley was 20-some odd years ago and it was called Dutch Christmas. Envisioned by artistic visionary and event creator Jeanne Fleming, the event brought the community together around the joy and hope that comes when we create light out of the darkness of the winter days.
- After a two-decade long hiatus, the celebration returned to the Rhinebeck on the first Saturday in December in 2008 with a full-day of festival activities culminating in the infamous Children’s Starlight Parade and Pageant. The preceding weekend witnessed Sinterklaas’s arrival by boat in Rhinecliff. Two years later the arrival” was expanded to include the “Departure from Spain” (read the whole Sinterklaas story) with festivities in the Kingston Rondout. The popularity of the Arrival in Rhinecliff put undue stress on the infrastructure of the tiny village and so beginning in 2012 the Sinterklaas Celebration days have focused on the Kingston Departure Festival in the end of November and the Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck in December.
- The Morton Memorial Library and Community House is located in the heart of the quaint riverside hamlet of Rhinecliff.
- Levi P. Morton (1824-1920) served as Vice President of the United States, Governor of New York, Congressman from New York City, and Ambassador to France. The building was erected by Anna L. and Levi P. Morton in memory of their daughter Lena for the use of the people of Rhinecliff. It was dedicated in 1908. The building he gave to the community is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
- Sign up/Volunteer: It’s easy to become a part of the Relay For Life movement and help finish the fight against cancer. All you need to do is sign up to participate or volunteer at your local Relay For Life event. Here are some ways to get involved:
- Start a New Team: Team registration is easy! Just enter your ZIP code to find your local Relay For Life event. Start your own team and begin using your personal page to recruit and organize a team of friends, family members, and coworkers. There is no minimum number required to form a team.
- Join an Existing Team: If you would like to join an existing online team, select the Join a Team option and search for your team's name. As a team member, you’ll help raise money for your local Relay For Life event, as well as commit to walking around the track to represent your team.
- Join as a Survivor or Caregiver:Relay For Life events offer an opportunity to be part of one of the largest cancer support networks in the world. If you are a survivor or caregiver, you are invited to join the Relay For Life movement, where you will be supported by all participants.
- Become a Committee Member: Get more involved with your Relay For Life event by joining the event committee. Committee members ensure everything is organized, from recruiting and motivating teams and sponsors to planning ceremonies. If you’re interested, talk with your event chair or staff partner. You can also contact us at 1-800-227-2345 to be connected to your local event contacts.
- Volunteer: No matter how many hours you have available, we need your help. Volunteers can help stuff envelopes and set up the day of the event. To learn about volunteer opportunities in your area, visit your local American Cancer Society office or call us at 1-800-227-2345 for more information or to be connected to your local office.
- The Museum of Rhinebeck History is housed in the historic building known as the Quitman House, located 3.5 miles north of the Village of Rhinebeck
at 7015 Rte 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.
- The Museum’s mission is to collect, catalog and interpret the history of the town. The collection of gifts to the Museum includes letters, books, journals, clothing, furniture, photographs, postcards, and other related artifacts which reveal the life of this community.
- No experience is necessary to volunteer your time and talents. Just a desire to help others and make a difference in your community.
- As an individual volunteer, you can provide love and companionship to a lonely senior, share the skills and activities you enjoy, or just have a pleasant chat about their lives and interests.
- Since receiving its charter in 1986, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 2,200 children in the Hudson Valley region with life-threatening medical conditions.
- Serving the eight counties of Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester, the Chapter’s mission is to ensure that every child residing in the Hudson Valley who qualifies for Make-A-Wish services is granted his or her fondest wish. While wishes are referred and completed on an ongoing basis, an average of 120 wishes are in progress at any given time.
- A volunteer Board of Directors and staff of eight, together with volunteers, donors and medical professionals from throughout the region, make wish granting possible. Among the Hudson Valley Chapter’s recently completed wishes are: a new playroom; meeting Victoria Justice; going to the Super Bowl; traveling to Hawaii; a trip to Disney World and being a model for a day.
- Make-A-Wish® America provides the Hudson Valley Chapter with technical assistance, training, national coordination and support; however, all funds required to grant wishes are raised entirely within the Hudson Valley.
- Volunteer: Scenic Hudson's parks play a vital role in connecting people to the power and majesty of the Hudson River and the magnificent lands along its shores. You can be a partner in our ongoing work to maximize the public benefits of these natural treasures and provide support as we safeguard more land for future generations.
- Trail-building near Harrier Hill Park. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit your schedule, interests and location. If you or your group or organization would like to volunteer with Scenic Hudson in our parks, please fill out our Volunteer Application. For addition information contact Anthony Coneski, Parks Event & Volunteer Coordinator.
- Park Patrol: Be the "eyes and ears" of one of our parks. Provide information to visitors and use our online inspection form to alert Scenic Hudson about trail conditions and potential hazards. You'll also have opportunities to join staff and other volunteers in completing a variety of projects—from building trail bridges to pulling up invasive species and replacing them with native varieties.
- Day in the Field: Join Scenic Hudson's field staff as they undertake their regular weekday work to keep our parks shipshape. You'll get to know our park experts—and more hands means faster results!
- Learn and Serve Program: Help make our parks more inviting for wildlife. After learning to identify several invasive plants, remove and replace them with native species that aid in restoring natural habitats. Perfect for school or community groups, the program is geared to increase participants' knowledge about natural resources, ecological concepts and environmental issues.
- Citizen Science—Hudson River Estuary Program Eel and Herring Monitoring
- Engage in firsthand research that may help biologists discover why populations of these important fish are declining. In the spring, use nets and traps to catch juvenile glass eels and herring at our Black Creek Preserve (Ulster County). After counting and weighing them, you'll release them unharmed. Our Eel Monitoring Training Day is March 29.
- Weekend Volunteer Workdays:
- Take part in one of our periodic weekend workdays—planting trees, removing invasive species, building trails, participating in park cleanups and more. These events are excellent for families and scout groups. Please see our events page for workdays.
- Pitch in for Parks: Lend a hand—and enjoy the great outdoors— joining us on the first Thursday evening of each month (April-October). Together we'll tackle an important park maintenance project. Please see our events page for workdays.
- Earth Day Park Cleanup: Each April, join people around the world committed to creating a more beautiful planet. We'll spruce up one of our spectacular parks by picking up trash, building trails or removing invasive plants.
- National Trails Day Event: This nationwide program is typically the first Saturday in June. There's no better day to learn the art of trail design and building, so work with us to create new trails or improve existing ones.
- Park Ambassadors: If you're an energetic "people person," help others enjoy and learn about the exciting features in one of our popular waterfront parks.
TLS projects vary wildly in mission, scope, and duration, but each of them relies on volunteers to make them happen. If you're interested in getting involved in one of these projects, get in touch with the student organizer or the TLS office.
- The people of The United Methodist Church are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes approximately 12.5 million members.
- The United Methodist Church was formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968. But we trace our heritage back to the movement begun in 1729 in England by John and Charles Wesley
- The Mad Dash Race is an annual charity race, founded in 1988 and sponsored by the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, NY. 100% of the proceeds go to support local charities. There are 5k and 10k races, and a 5k walk over rolling hills and beautiful scenery on a paved road. There are also mini-dashes for the kids. Chronotrack disposable timers are used for all 5 and 10K runners and walkers.After 25 successful years, the Mad Dash Race has become a Rhinebeck Labor Day tradition. The proceeds from the Mad Dash have helped fund countless local charitable organizations such as The Messiah Food Pantry, multiple homeless shelters, AIDS related community services, WIC, Community Coalition for Rhinebeck Youth, Dutchess County SPCA and many more. Last year, the Mad Dash hosted over 700 runners and walkers of all kinds and raised over $14K!
- The Mad Dash Race takes place on Labor Day every year in beautiful Rhinebeck, NY. The 5K RUN AND WALK start at 8:30am and the 10K RUN starts at 9:15am. Mini-Dashes are at 9:30am. The race begins at the Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery Street (Route 9), in Rhinebeck. ?
Support Group Leaders/Helpline and Office Support/Special Events/Board and Committee Members/Caring Companions
2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 471-2655 or 1-800-872-0994
Needed: community educators, volunteers to drive cancer patients to and from treatment, patient navigator volunteers.
95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 331-8308 ext. 22 or 1-800-ACS-2345
120 Wall Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10005
Contact: Maria Idoni, Hudson Valley Region
Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
Caring for cats and dogs in a no-kill shelter
54 Simmons Lane, P.O. Box 1129, Beacon, NY 12508-1129
Needed: volunteers for special events, skill sharing, help with outings and youth services.
1435 Route 44, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
(845) 635-8084 ext. 152
Assist at the homeless shelter
313 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Needed: volunteers to help serve a nutritious weekday, noontime meal at any one of our seven Senior Friendship Centers. There is also a need for volunteers to deliver meals or help with exercise classes,brain games (.pdf), and insurance counseling.
27 High Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Dutchess County SPCA
636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Through your volunteer efforts you can help to make an impact on the lives of low-income homeowners by assuring that they live in warm and safe housing.
Coach/Care for athletes on road trips/Serve on committees/Event management/Public Relations/Administration/Host fund raisers/More . . .
Interpreters/Guided Tours/Museum Store/Hospitality/Food Wagon/Office Support/Special Events
P.O. Box 308, Staatsburg, NY 12580
87 Haviland Rd.
Highland, NY 12528
Vanderbilt Garden Association
4097 Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Needed: garden volunteers, no experience necessary. Also need committee and fundraising volunteers.
Rhinebeck Science Foundation
Senior Citizen Prom help
CLS Fund-raiser help
PTSO Fall Festival help
Tutoring for HS students
Tutoring for BMS students
Tutoring for CLS students
Timers/Scorers/Managers/Videographers for athletic contests