Posts Tagged ‘Dutchess County’

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.

Locks That Rock 30th Anniversary Party/HVCS Fundraiser

Sunday, September 26th, 2021

Andy Reid, host of HVCS’ podcast, chats with business owner Karen Catalano about her upcoming 30th anniversary celebration at her hair studio, Locks That Rock. The party takes place on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 12 noon at 1552 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls, NY. Karen is collecting nonperishable foods for HVCS’ food pantries. She is also selling special anniversary t-shirts and all sales will benefit us, too. Visit www.locksthatrock.com for more info on the party.

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.

Hepatitis C Team Reaches Out At Poughkeepsie PODS

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Our Hepatitis C (HCV) Patient Navigation program has been doing outreach at the Poughkeepsie PODS. These are former Dutchess County Jail inmate units that were converted to Temporary Housing Units during Covid-19. The HCV team provides HCV education, testing and runs a weekly table highlighting all of our HVCS programs.

The HCV Patient Navigation team tables at the PODS temporary housing shelters in Poughkeepsie.

MHA (Mental Health Association) and Hudson River Housing joined together to figure out how to provide services for individuals experiencing homeless in Dutchess County while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The space accommodates up to 52 males and 48 females.

We are glad to be a part of this valuable community resource!

Dutchess Co Regional Chamber of Commerce Donates Face Masks

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Complimentary reusable cloth face coverings were made available to essential businesses and nonprofit organizations located in Dutchess County by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. We arranged a pickup on May 15.

Thanks again for this donation of critical personal protective equipment!

Donated masks and hand sanitizer DCRCOC members distributing face masks to essential businesses

HVCS Represents at O+ Festival in Poughkeepsie

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

HVCS' Bob and Jovanny table at the O+ Festival in PoughkeepsieHudson Valley Community Services’ Bob (representing our Medical Benefits program) and Jovanny (from our Men’s Services HIV prevention program) tabled at the O+ Festival on Saturday, August 3rd in downtown Poughkeepsie. O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective wellbeing through the exchange of art, music, and wellness.​

Underinsured artists and musicians create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by doctors, dentists and complementary care providers. O+ (pronounced O Positive) calls this exchange the art of medicine for the medicine of art.

HVCS was there to connect with those who might need one of our many services.

HIV Testing Day at Walgreens in Poughkeepsie

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

HVCS is collaborating with Walgreens in Poughkeepsie, located at 827 Dutchess Turnpike, for National HIV Testing Day. Our team will be on site for free confidential HIV testing, information on PrEP, as well as HIV prevention, care and treatment. We are partnering with Greater Than AIDS for this community event.

National HIV Testing Day

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

National HIV Testing Day

I’m Doing It. Testing for HIV.

 

HVCS is collaborating with Walgreens in Poughkeepsie, located at 827 Dutchess Turnpike, for National HIV Testing Day (June 27th). Our team will be on site from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for free confidential HIV testing, information on PrEP, as well as HIV prevention, care and treatment. We are partnering with Greater Than AIDS for this community event.

Poughkeepsie Pride Parade & Festival

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

POUGHKEEPSIE PRIDE WEEKEND 2019

Presented by Dutchess Pride Center
SUNDAY JUNE 9, 2019
PRIDE PARADE:
Line up 12 Noon on Market Street
Pride Parade kicks off 1-2pm

If you are interested in Marching in the Paradeplease fill out this form here

 PRIDE FESTIVAL
1-5pm, Waryas Park
Food Vendors, Community Organizations and Live Music all day!  

If you are interested in having a Table for your organization or businessplease fill out this form here

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Is your business interested in being a sponsor or being listed in our Poughkeepsie Pride Guide, please fill out this form here

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Interested in volunteering, either in planning or the day of, please fill out this form here

What’s Case Management? Here’s A Video Example

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Hudson Valley Community Services provides a range of services for people living with chronic illnesses–including case management. But what is case management? We say that phrase all the time in the social services field, but what does that mean?

Rather than try to define it, HVCS’ LaShonda Cyrus (who was promoted to Assistant Director of Client Services right after this video was made) shares an example of what it takes to connect people in need with the services that help them live their best life.

This video was animated and produced by Darell Green, a student at Dutchess Community College, as part of their Service Learning Program under the advisement of Prof. Holly McCabe.