Posts Tagged ‘donations’

Relive The Most Important Meal 2022

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

On Sunday, October 23, 2022, HVCS hosted its sixth annual Most Important Meal fundraiser at the Fishkill Recreation Center. This charity breakfast raised more than $8,100 for our Emergency Food Closet program, which serves over 1,200 clients each year. Browse through photos from the event to relive the morning (or see what you missed). Kids had fun wrapping their grown-ups as mummies, the audience got in on some Name That Song fun, and even Spiderman made a surprise appearance! For more information on this event, visit our Most Important Meal page.

This event was presented by Hudson Valley Credit Union.

Sponsors of the 2022 Most Important Meal

Supporters Stepped Up For The Most Important Meal

Friday, October 21st, 2022

We are so grateful for the support we received from our sponsors, donors, board members, and staff for the 2022 Most Important Meal. Please watch this video to see the local businesses and people who stepped up and donated time, talent or treasure to HVCS’ emergency food closets.

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.

“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.

Donors In The Spotlight: PCSB, UBS Both Hold Food Drives For HVCS

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Special thanks go out to two financial companies with local ties–PCBS Bank and UBS–for both holding food drives this June to benefit our Westchester/Putnam food and toiletry closet. By sheer coincidence, both banks arranged a drop-off of collected goods on Friday, June 28, 2019.

UBS logoUBS, located in White Plains, has organized an internal food drive for the past four years. Employees collect and contribute donations of non-perishable food, household cleaning products, and toiletries.

PCSB BankPCBS Bank, which is a local institution with several branches throughout the region, held a collection drive during the month of June. We are grateful to have their support for the first time.

All donations will help HVCS’ clients obtain more and better nutritional options, plus personal care items to improve hygiene and encourage a healthy home environment. Clients receive pre-packed bags of food on a monthly basis to supplement other nutritional resources, and staff deliver food bags to clients who cannot make it to our Hawthorne or Mount Vernon offices.

Annual AIDS Walk Donations from Otisville’s PACE Group

Monday, June 24th, 2019

On May 18, 2019, members of Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education (PACE) at Otisville  Correctional Facility held their annual AIDS Walk. Here’s a look at the results of their fundraising efforts, which take the form of donated foods given to our Newburgh food closet.

Otisville PACE AIDS Walk proceeds 2019

This is a tradition that has been going on for many years and is a highlight of the year for the PACE Program. PACE members advocate for and counsel fellow inmates on HIV/AIDS issues, passing along life-saving educational information.

As inmates, the PACE members do not have access to traditional fundraising tools, so they collect donations of food from fellow inmates, purchased from the Otisville commissary. Inmates do not have the ability to earn or keep much money so these donations are extra-special. (We try to stock healthy, low-sodium items in our food closet, so ramen is usually not on our shopping list. In this case, however, we gladly accepted them, knowing how much work they represented. Plus, our clients who are not on low-sodium diets get to indulge in a treat.)

Special thanks to everyone involved in PACE Otisville, and for our Criminal Justice Initiative program staff for helping to make this donation happen!

HVCS staff put away Otisville PACE AIDS Walk proceeds

Carmen, our Newburgh Program Assistant, and Barbara, CJI Linkage Specialist, pack away proceeds from PACE Otisville’s annual AIDS Walk.

Hudson Valley Gives Day Is Coming Up!

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Hudson Valley Gives DayHudson Valley Gives, a local day of online philanthropy, is coming up on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and it’s your chance to connect with a non-profit providing services in your own backyard. Donate at HVCS’ special page on HVGives.org and we’ll potentially unlock some great incentives, matching funds and set new local donation records!

If you make a $25 donation, you supply a client and their family with food for three days.

Make a $35 donation, and you put socks on the feet of 18 homeless clients.

Make a $50 donation and you help three low-income people know their HIV status by covering the cost of HIV testing.

With a $75 donation, you help us provide Narcan kits, life-saving overdose reversal medication, to those at high risk for overdose (and/or their family members and friends).

Mark your calendar and get ready to donate on May 15th–and join thousands of others in making the Hudson Valley an even better place to live healthfully and thrive!

 

HVCS Receives $22,000 From The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, In Partnership With Macy’s

Monday, March 25th, 2019

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS FoundationHudson Valley Community Services has been awarded a grant for $22,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in partnership with Macy’s. The grant will be used for HVCS’ Psychosocial Support Services (PSS) program, which is a unique vehicle to provide HIV-positive residents of Westchester, Putnam and Rockland with emotional and psychological support, support groups, and ensure they remain connected to care and community. Specifically, ETAF’s grant will fund art therapy and interactive journaling for the women’s support group. PSS began on March 1, 2019.

HVCS is honored to be recognized for our innovative approach in support of people affected by HIV and AIDS. “Hudson Valley Community Services is a powerful part of a collective effort to achieve an AIDS-free world, a world Elizabeth Taylor is still helping to realize through ETAF” said Catherine Brown, Executive Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “ETAF and Macy’s are honored to support HVCS with these funds to continue our aligned goals of health equity and zero discrimination for all people living with or at risk for HIV and AIDS.”

Through their Cause Marketing Program, Thanks For Sharing, Macy’s recognizes their responsibility to support disadvantaged communities and the needs of their neighbors. They are proud to partner with ETAF and have contributed to this grant.

The Psychosocial Support Services program’s main funder is the Ryan White CARE Act, Part A, administered by Public Health Solutions.

About The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF)
Founded in 1991, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) joins Elizabeth’s voice in the fight for social justice and human rights for people living with HIV and AIDS to achieve an AIDS-free world. Inspired by Elizabeth’s personal passion for the cause, in 2019 ETAF is focused on youth, women, children and families, ensuring they receive the direct care and support they need both domestically and in Malawi, the hotspot of the global epidemic. ETAF’s advocacy and awareness initiatives concentrate on elevating Elizabeth’s voice to secure care for the marginalized and social equity for all. To learn more or to make a donation please visit www.etaf.org.