Hudson Valley Parent

HVP January 2020

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Page 18 of 35 n Hudson Valley Parent 19 energy, family and consumer educa- tions and 4H youth development Millbrook, Scenic Hudson Keep our parks safe and inviting for people and wildlife Poughkeepsie, Donate! Regional Food Bank of North- eastern New York Contribute to the Food Bank's work in providing more than 35 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies, including more than 60 food pantries and organizations in Dutchess County county/dutchess Dutchess Outreach Program Donate gently used or new chil- dren's clothing, plus kitchen and bathroom items Poughkeepsie, how-you-can-help/donate-items Dress for Success Dutchess County Share donations of gently used and nearly-new professional attire Poughkeepsie, dutchesscounty.dressfor- The Barn Thrift Shop Contribute a wide variety of donat- ed goods, including gently used car seats, strollers, cribs, highchairs; clothing, shoes and accessories; computer equipment, housewares and kitchen items; musical instru- ments and more Pleasant Valley, Goodwill - Wappingers Falls Store and Donation Center Drop off clothes, vintage toys and clean stuffed animals, home decor T hroughout the year, Hudson Valley Parent is sharing ways that individ- uals and families can express kindness through volunteerism, donations and inspirational gestures. This month, we're looking at opportunities in Dutchess County. Volunteer! Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Help care for cats and dogs in a no- kill shelter Beacon, Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess Join the effort to provide families of Dutchess County with quality, affordable homeownership Poughkeepsie, ARC of Dutchess Volunteer for special events, share your skills and help with outings and youth services Poughkeepsie, Stony Kill Foundation Help out during special events, including bake sales/refreshments, children's activities and crafts, and more, along with trail work, green- house care and other projects Wappingers Falls, Mid-Hudson Children's Museum Work with others empower young children and their families Poughkeepsie, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Volunteer for work in agriculture/ horticulture, environmental and and furnishings, appliances and other goods Wappingers Falls, nate-goods Grace Smith House Bring in donations of infant/toddler items, personal hygiene products and non-perishable foods Poughkeepsie, items.html Wappingers Salvation Army Donate clothing, furniture, house- hold goods, appliances and more Wappingers Falls, Inspire! • Host a storytime at home for your youngsters and friends. Read stories of goodwill, like Baa Baa Black Sheep, as told by Hudson Valley author, Iza Trapani; or My Community by Raven Howell, also from the Hudson Valley • Pitch-in at a local soup kitchen, like the Lunch Box in Poughkeepsie, box, or the Salvation Army Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Beacon, 845-831-1253 • Join a community group for fun and to entertain others, perhaps the Singing Songbirds Community Cho- rus in Millbrook, programs/singing-songbirds Kindness in Dutchess County Make it a mission to make a difference!

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