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International Overdose Awareness Day: Remembering Those Lost to Opioids

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS) and The Center for Recovery, two divisions of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, today announced plans for observances of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). This day is set for a global remembrance of all those lost to substance overdose and to call attention to life-saving interventions that can reverse overdoses.

The 2021 observance is especially poignant given the widely-reported overdose fatality statistics for 2020, which set records. In the United States, more than 93,000 people died from substance overdose.

HVCS and Center for Recovery are partnering with T.E.A.M. Newburgh to hold two events: one in-person resource fair in downtown Newburgh, and a virtual event on Facebook Live. Both events will feature personal experience speakers, memorials, Narcan trainings, and harm reduction information related to substance use.

Narcan is a pharmaceutical intervention that stops overdoses. HVCS distributes Narcan kits with two nasal (inhaled) doses to those who complete the full training, whether taken in person or via video.

The in-person event will take place on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the lobby at 280 Broadway in Newburgh.

Organizers are also debuting a video observance on Facebook Live that same day from 6:00 to 6:45 pm. Viewers can log on to Facebook and it will be available there for repeat viewings.

“International Overdose Awareness Day is even more important this year than previous ones,” said Jennifer Brathwaite, Vice President of Community Education and Prevention at HVCS. “Overdose deaths are rising because of the increased presence of fentanyl mixed into other substances.” In the Hudson Valley, in 2020, 137 people died from heroin overdoses and 464 succumbed to opioid painkiller overdoses, including fentanyl.* During the same year, 2,031 lives were saved thanks to the administration of Narcan on people who were in the throes of overdose. Brathwaite also explained that since fentanyl is much stronger than other opioids, it may take additional doses of Narcan to revive and save a victim. “This is why it’s critically important to train more people and distribute Narcan kits to all who need them,” she concluded.

Join Us For An Honest Discussion About Sex

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Sex & ChocolateTalk sexual health with Hudson Valley Community Services!

Thursday February 18th at 6:15 p.m.

The program will include a presentation on common STI’s, prevention and harm reduction methods, and methods of safe sex. It will also include a conversation on overall health. After the presentation HVCS will open up the conversation for questions and offer services to anyone who may be interested.

These groups are held in a safe space, are 100% confidential, and are LGBTQ affirming.

Register here: www.rebrand.ly/sexhealth

 

This event is being conducted with the Newburgh Free Library.

Most Important Meal Online Auction

Friday, November 13th, 2020

MIM AuctionInstead of our usual cereal buffet in-person event, this year’s Most Important Meal takes the form of an online auction. It will run for one week starting on Sunday, November 15th:

https://charitygrow.org/Browse/C821127/Hudson_Valley_Community_Services

Gift cards and most physical items were donated by generous supporters. The TV/movie memorabilia is on consignment from CharityGrow and will ship right to the winning bidder. Winners may need to pick up other items from whichever HVCS office is closest to them.

Once someone registers and places a bid, the website will contact them if they are outbid. Since expenses for this event were so low, we already have about $6,000 in profits thanks to our sponsors.

Fill Chill Food Drive Party Returns On Nov 16

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Fill Chill 2018Chill Wine Bar in Beacon is hosting once again their annual “Fill Chill” food drive and dance party, with the 2018 event slated for Friday, November 16th starting at 8:00 pm. Drop off a few cans or packages of non-perishable food to help stock HVCS’ food closets for the holidays–heck, why not bring a whole bag of food? The closets also accept donations of toiletries and household cleaning products. Everyone who donates an item (or more) will be entered into a door prize drawing. You’ll also have the chance to enter the 50/50 raffle.

To keep things in the holiday spirit, Prephab, the region’s premiere DJ duo, will be spinning fun music ranging from disco to pop to dance. Chill will have their selection of wines and bottled beers available, plus their bar snack menu featuring paninis and cheese platters. Chill will donate a portion of sales to HVCS so make sure to eat and drink up!

Chill is located at 173 Main Street in Beacon. Please join us for a relaxing and heartwarming start to your Thanksgiving week festivities!

New Video: You’re Invited to The Most Important Meal!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union’s Lisa Morris invites you and your family to The Most Important Meal, a fundraiser for the food pantries at Hudson Valley Community Services! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat cereal buffet while helping local people living with chronic illnesses. Join us on Sunday, Oct 28th from 9:30 to noon at Fishkill Recreation!

The Most Important Meal Returns on Oct 28!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Our “endless cereal buffet” returns to the Fishkill Recreation Center on Sunday, October 28th from 9:30 to 12 noon. Get your fill with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring an array of cereals with mix-ins and topping galore, a variety of Hudson Valley Fresh milks, oatmeal, and fresh fruit, plus coffee provided by the Crafted Kup, tea and juices. We’ll also have a silent auction with lots of fun items, and everyone takes home a souvenir bowl.

“The Most Important Meal” is presented this year by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

Tickets are $30 each but kids under 12 can eat for free. This is a great event for families–Halloween costumes encouraged!

We’ll devote the proceeds to our emergency food closets so everyone can feel good about chowing down on a Sunday morning.

You can also opt to purchase a table of 10 for only $200 ($10 off each ticket) and we’ll recognize all our table captains at the event. You can also place an ad or greeting on our placemats and in our slideshow presentation.

Get your tickets!

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors!

Title Sponsor:

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Major Support From:

Silver Spoon Sponsors

 

HealthQuest

Network Synergy

RBT

Ruge's Automotive

Stop & Shop

Milk & Cereal Sponsors

Central Hudson

Superior Sounds

Hudson Valley Fresh
M. Furman Printing
Crafted Kup

 

Drag Brunch 2018: Trixie Strikes Back

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Drag Brunch 2018

It’s time once again for delicious brunch food, mimosas, drag performers and Match Game! Liz, Dirk and the staff of Gunk Haus in Clintondale invite you to the 2018 Drag Brunch, a fundraiser for Hudson Valley Community Services. Hostess Trixie Starr is sure to sweeten the deal with the always-fun games and spicy banter. Local superstars including JoJo Gerard, Boxxa Vine and Valkyrie Hail will perform classic favorites and pop hits that will get you grooving to music by Superior Sounds. Plus, don your best gender-bending outfit and vie for the Best Audience Member Outfit prize and enter to win great prizes.

Tickets are $30 each and include choice of brunch entree, coffee, tea and juices–plus a donation to HVCS.

Get your tickets today via Eventbrite or Facebook!

Photos from the Hairdressers Ball 2016

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Relive the red carpet glamor and runway magic of the 2016 Hairdressers Ball Charity Hair Show! We had a fantastic time at the Ramada Conference Center in Fishkill on Sunday, August 14th thanks to twelve talented salons, hundreds of volunteers, guests, sponsors, vendors, and musicians! Most of this (relatively) small selection of photos is from Melisa Ann Photos (check out her Facebook page) and you can find more on the official HDB Facebook page and that of DM Photography. Additional photos by Lauren Beale.

Empty Bowls Returns for 2015

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

If you’re like us (and so many of our supporters) you love when local food combines with local charity…that’s why Empty Bowls at Rondout Valley High School is such a great event! Now in its 12th year, Empty Bowls unites hard-working art students, local restaurants, food pantries and Ulster County residents who want to do good. On Friday, April 17th, hundreds of generous guests gather at Rondout Valley for an all-you-can-eat soup and ice cream buffet. For a $15 donation, choose from a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl and get your fill–or opt for a $5 paper bowl. You get to take home your beautiful bowl when you’re done! All proceeds benefit local food pantries including HVCS. We recommend getting there early, since the handmade bowls go quickly. Check out all the details on the event page or go to www.emptybowls.webs.com.

National HIV Testing Day is Monday, June 27th!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

National HIV Testing DayIt’s almost here: June 27, 2011, the seventeenth National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), weeks after the thirtieth anniversary of the CDC’s announcement of a strange new disease syndrome. We know it now as AIDS and the virus that causes it as HIV.

NAPWA founded National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) in 1995 in response to the HIV epidemic’s steady growth – especially in marginalized communities like people of color and men who have but also in middle-income neighborhoods where people thought, “it doesn’t happen here.” All Americans need to know they should Take the Test, Take Control, at least once a year. And we should also know that people with HIV who are in treatment with HAART drugs are significantly less at risk for passing their virus on the others than people with HIV who are not in treatment. Test-and-treat is not the whole answer to ending the epidemic, but it’s an indispensable first step.

ARCS is participating in Nationial HIV Testing Day with these events:

Orange County:

ARCS’ Project Reach Out is collaborating with a number of Newburgh-based agencies for a National HIV Testing Day event from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the corner of Johnston St. and Broadway, outside the Newburgh Ministry. FREE food, FREE fun, and FREE HIV testing. As always, HIV tests are confidential and the results are available in 20 minutes. Hosted by Project Outreach, Planned Parenthood, the Stephen Saunders Residence, TEAM Newburgh, Newburgh Ministry, H.O.N.O.R. ehg, OraSure, Hudson Health Plan and Fidelis. For more information, call Kristina at (845) 522-5756.

Sullivan County:

ARCS is collaborating with the Sullivan AIDS Task Force to create an HIV testing event on Tuesday, June 28th. More details to follow, or call Ginny at (845) 791-8871 ext 15.

Westchester County:

ARCS’ CHAPS program for young men is hosting an HIV Testing Event and Movie Night on June 27th at the MOSAIC Center, 137 South 4th Avenue in Mount Vernon! CHAPS focuses on young minority men who have sex with men but all are welcome to attend this event. See the full schedule below.

10:00am – 11:30 am – Testing available; light breakfast.

11:30am – 3:00 pm – Testing continues; healthy snacks will be served such as granola, fruit snacks, trail mix, etc.

5:00pm – 7:30 pm– Dinner and a Movie. Check back here to find out which DVD the group will be watching!

For more information, please call Santo at (914) 699-1025 ext 103.