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Grant Recipients

Prior to selecting recipients each year, the Community Works Committee encourages college employees and students to nominate worthy agencies located in the Hudson Valley. The following organizations were selected to receive grants from the 2020 campaign.

Harriet Tubman Academic

HTASC offers an after-school program for children in grades K-5 that live in or near the Tubman Apartment Complex. As a HUD Section 8 housing complex, these children are from families whose earnings are below the poverty line. They attend the City of Poughkeepsie School District which graduates LESS than 50% of its high school students. HTASC program offers a warm and nurturing environment for students to get their homework done, tutoring when needed, academic enrichment and character development activities. It is a wonderful program that provides a much needed service to as many as 30 children.

Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County

Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Poughkeepsie Teen Closet

Teen Closet recognizes that the teen years can be a challenging time for any young person, especially for those in families facing financial difficulties. Teen Closet relies on the generosity of community donors and a partnership with the Poughkeepsie City School District to provide personal hygiene products, undergarments, winter essentials, and emergency food relief so that every student in the City of Poughkeepsie can come to school feeling healthy, secure, confident and ready to learn.

Grace Smith House

The mission of Grace Smith House, Inc. is to enable individuals and families to live free from domestic violence by:

  • Providing shelter and apartments, advocacy, counseling and education
  • Raising the consciousness of the community regarding the extent, type and seriousness of domestic violence
  • Initiating and taking positions on public policies in order to provide options which empower victims of domestic violence

Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

UIDN mission: To provide a network of safety and support to immigrants, regardless of status.

  • Ulster Immigrant Defense Network (UIDN) helps with:
  • Household needs including food, clothing, furniture, school supplies, and emergency financial aid;
  • Know-your-rights information (Get the basics here: English, Spanish);
  • Referrals to legal support and social services;
  • Community education and advocacy;
  • Safe spaces and sanctuary;
  • Rapid response to ICE actions;
  • Information and support to schools, students, and families;
  • Transportation and/or accompaniment for health care and school-related appointments, court appearances, ICE check-ins, and court dates.
  • Helpline and office volunteers are bilingual English/Spanish speakers. We do our best to help those who speak other languages.

Vet 2 Vet

Mental Health support for Veterans, workshops, housing and shelter services, addiction recovery, advocacy and resources

Dutchess Outreach Food Pantry

Dutchess Outreach exists to widen food access, increase advocacy, and provide emergency relief by offering a range of vital services for those in need while working to uncover a deeper understanding of the social ills our community faces in order to create innovative, locally-minded solutions to achieve a healthier, more vibrant and sustainable community.

Center for Creative Education

The Center for Creative Education (CCE) is in its thirtieth year and has a rich history of providing innovative, high quality arts and education programs with a special focus on bringing on low-income and at-risk children and youth. CCE is also home to two award-winning youth performance ensembles: The Energy Dance Company and POOK, the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston. CCE enjoys a longstanding relationship with Vassar, whose various student and academic programs have coordinated work with the organization. Vassar has also hosted CCE’s performance team Energy Dance Company on campus many times.

A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center

The center promote literacy through teaching and learning about the African roots experience, including history and culture, through a dynamic exchange of information, ideas, and creativity.

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dutchess County

A program of Community Action for Partnership for Dutchess County, the mission of RSVP is to recruit and place individuals 55 and older with volunteer opportunities, utilizing their talents and skills to engage in meaningful service activities in their communities.