Posts Tagged ‘donations’

Hudson Valley Credit Union Presents: The Most Important Meal 2021

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Help local people who are living with chronic illnesses get the nutrition and support they need to stay as healthy as possible!

Join HVCS at the Fishkill Recreation Center on Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12 noon for a fun-filled breakfast blast from the past. Every ticket includes a commemorative souvenir bowl so you’ll always remember that the most important meal is the one you made possible for someone without enough food.

Fill up your bowl with cereal, granola or oatmeal and your favorite dairy (or dairy-free) topping. Not a cereal lover? We’ve got you covered with hot food items. You’ll also get bottomless coffee, tea and juice. This year we will not have the cereal buffet but all food options will be self-serve or grab-and-go. We’re also dreaming up new entertainment, contests, raffles and of course there will be the silent auction –all while raising funds for HVCS’ food and nutrition programs.

Our food and nutrition programs serve hundreds of people and families each year, and the budget is currently $10,000 short for 2021. We are hoping to raise that–and double–to ensure these vital services remain available for those in need.

Tickets

Tickets are $35.00 per person over the age of 13. Children 12 and under are free! Scroll down to purchase tickets online or call (845) 787-1789.

A Tupperware Party With Dixie Longate (Fundraiser)

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Join America’s top Tupperware salesperson for a lively, fun-filled evening of laughter, contests and creative food storage solutions! Dixie Longate beams into your home through the magic of Zoom, all to raise funds for Hudson Valley Community Services (HVCS).

Tickets are only $15.00 per Zoom log-in (and yes, you can have as many people watching your screen as you feel comfortable hosting).

HVCS provides free prevention and education services to Hudson Valley residents at high risk for HIV, STDs, hepatitis C, and substance use disorder. We also provide support and connections to medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Our budgets were cut by 20% during the COVID-19 pandemic, and your donations will help us restore services to people in real need.

The Zoom link will be emailed to you upon completion of your ticket purchase.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

7:30-9:00 pm

Via Zoom

Tickets: $15.00 per Zoom log-in

Get tickets on Eventbrite

 

PLUS, win great prizes in our games and contests! Prizes include a $50 gift certificate to Solstad House in Beacon, and a $50 gift certificate and bottle of wine at Babe’s Bar and Grill in Haverstraw. More prizes to be announced soon!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are also available – email jdewey@hudsonvalleycs.org for details.

For more information, visit www.hudsonvalleycs.org.

A Tu[[erware Party with Dixie Longate

Hudson Valley Gives 2021

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Hudson Valley Gives, a day of local online philanthropy, takes place on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Our goals are to raise $2,000 and connect with 25 new donors. If you are a past supporter, you are already incredibly special, and we hope you will donate to HVCS this HV Gives Day, too!

 

Hudson Valley Community Services saves and improves lives, even while we all cope with ongoing pandemics. Here at HVCS, we’ve felt the weight not only of the coronavirus pandemic, but also the co-occurring opioid overdose epidemic. At the same time, we underwent a merger. On March 1, 2021, we merged with Cornerstone Family Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization that serves much the same population as HVCS, and with a very similar mission. Both agencies operated from the belief that healthcare and quality of life are rights and not privileges. Healthcare for all, regardless of income level or social status, is our unofficial motto. HVCS is now a division of Cornerstone and all its programs, offices and staff have been retained. By consolidating our administrative functions we aim to be a viable community resource for decades to come, despite the constantly-evolving nature of healthcare and social services.

Throughout the past year of “quarantimes” our staff remained on the job, our syringe exchange program continued to operate, and we were here for our clients—who were among the hardest hit by the health disparities laid bare by the pandemic. Yes, we sadly lost some of our clients. Yes, some of our staff caught COVID-19 and had to quarantine. Yet HVCS soldiered on, and staff returned to our offices in shifts for two days a week, and remained available by phone and email the rest of the time. We reopened our food closets and started distributing nonperishable foods again in the fall. (Before that we mailed out supermarket gift cards.) Our donors—you included—enable us to carry on with this important work despite a 20% cut to our New York State contracts.

We are only able to be there for our vulnerable clients because of your help. You make this Hudson Valley a kinder, more compassionate place.

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is celebrated as Giving Tuesday, a national day of online philanthropy. To support HVCS’ mission, please consider making a donation.

Most Important Meal Online Auction

Sunday, November 15th, 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.

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.

Hudson Valley Dance Festival To Donate $2500 to HVCS

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Hudson Valley Dance FestivalHudson Valley Dance Festival
Moves Online for 2020 Edition
with Stream Set for Saturday, October 10
Virtual festival to feature premieres,
made-for-the-moment dance films
and highlights from past festivals
Produced by and benefiting
Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Escape to the cultural heart of the Hudson Valley without leaving your living room when the Hudson
Valley Dance Festival goes virtual for the first time on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The festival is
produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS , a program of Broadway Cares/Equity
Fights AIDS .

Dancers Responding to AIDS has already pledged a $2,500 donation to HVCS.

Watch the hourlong stream at 7 pm Eastern, at dradance.org . The stream will be available for four
days after its premiere.

The lineup is set to feature a diverse collection of festival premieres, made-for-the-moment
filmed shorts and highlights from past festivals. The virtual festival will include an original dance
film by Stephen Petronio , created at his residency center in Round Top, NY; an outdoor solo filmed
at Kaatsbaan Summer Festival in Tivoli, NY, choreographed by Caleb Teicher featuring American
Ballet Theatre’s Catherine Hurlin ; a performance from So You Think You Can Dance ’s Ricky Ubeda
choreographed by Billy Griffin and more. The full lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We’ll miss gathering on the banks of the Hudson River and amid the gorgeous fall foliage, but we’re
happy to continue the tradition of sharing breathtaking dance that gives back to and celebrates the
Hudson Valley community,” said Denise Roberts Hurlin, founding director of Dancers Responding
to AIDS. “In these unprecedented times, we’re thrilled to come together virtually and provide
immediate help to those affected by COVID-19, HIV/AIDS and other life crises in the area and
across the country.”

The money raised during the Virtual Hudson Valley Dance Festival will help Broadway Cares provide
additional, emergency grants to 13 organizations based in the Hudson Valley that are already part
of its National Grants Programs. The organizations are Albany Damien Center and Alliance for
Positive Health in Albany, Animalkind, Columbia-Greene Community Foundation and Hudson Valley
SPCA in Hudson, Matthew 25 Food Pantry and Community Hospice in Catskill, Hudson Valley
Community Services in Hawthorne, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston, Rock
Steady Farm in Millerton, Roe Jan Food Pantry in Hillsdale, TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal) in
Congers and Troy Area United Ministries in Troy.

The annual in-person dance festival, traditionally held at Historic Catskill Point in Catskill, NY, has
raised $910,688 for people in need across the country and in the Hudson Valley during the festival’s
seven editions.

Dancers Responding to AIDS relies on the extraordinary compassion and efforts of the performing
arts community to fund a safety net of social services for those in need. As a program of Broadway
Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, DRA supports the essential programs of The Actors Fund, including the
HIV/AIDS Initiative and The Dancers’ Resource, as well as more than 450 AIDS and family service
organizations nationwide.

For more information, please visit Dancers Responding to AIDS at dradance.org , at
facebook.com/DRAdance , at instagram.com/DRAdance , at twitter.com/DRAdance and at
youtube.com/DRAdance .
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“Face Mask Friends” Group Donates Homemade Masks

Monday, April 27th, 2020

donated cloth face masksSpecial thanks to Christina Paliotta-Southwell, a Prevention Specialist in our Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) for her hard work last week looking for cloth face mask donations for our SEP clients. Christina was able to collect 165 Face Mask donations from “Face Mask Friends,” a Facebook group in the Mid-Hudson Region. Her hard work does not end there. Christina has decided to continue looking for additional face masks donations and has even contacted her local Councilman for assistance. We are so proud of her hard work and dedication to our SEP clients during a time where many of our clients are not able to afford these essential items during the COVID-19 crisis.

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

It’s Giving Tuesday! Make a donation to your favorite charity (hopefully, it’s HVCS.)

Donate today!

“Now I Can Eat A Hot Meal” – One Client’s Story

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

A beneficiary of the Hector Martinez Memorial Fund

Gail*, who is in her seventies and lives alone, suffers from kidney disease and other health concerns. As a result, she has trouble standing and cannot cook for herself. Even if she wanted to, the oven and stove in her apartment do not work well–and she cannot afford to replace them or move. She started receiving assistance from Meals on Wheels, but she did not have a microwave to heat the meals. Gail ate her donated meals cold or had to trouble her neighbor to use her microwave.

Enter Gail’s care manager, Jaclyn. When she learned that Gail was eating cold meals most of the time, she put in a request to HVCS’ Hector Martinez Memorial Fund to purchase a new microwave. The Hector Fund, as we call it, was set up in 2018 in memory of Hector Martinez, a former employee, to provide emergency financial assistance for our clients.

Here’s Gail with her new microwave, which she uses every day to enjoy hot meals–at last! She no longer feels like a burden to her neighbors, either. “I am so appreciative of HVCS and the Hector Fund!” she says.

If you would like to support the Hector Fund and enable more clients like Gail to live with dignity, please visit our Donate page.

 

*Gail has granted HVCS permission to share her story and photo.