Essential Items

Responding to a call from our community to offer basic necessities for infants and children, the United Way worked to expand its gift-in-kind program. Today our Louis Greenspan Children’s Corner offers items including diapers, wipes, clothing, and shoes to our nonprofit partners, schools and faith-based organizations so no family in our area has to worry about these most basic of items. ~ Jeanne Montano, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, President & CEO


During 2018, the Dyson Foundation responded to providers and community members who expressed concern that children living in poverty are increasingly going without the most essential and basic clothing items. In response, the Dyson Foundation awarded grants to eight organizations to purchase and distribute essential items for economically-disadvantaged children ages birth through 19. These include items such as socks, undergarments, boots, shoes, hats, mittens, gloves, coats, other basic clothing, diapers, wipes, and other hygiene products. The grantees are:  


These eight organizations cover Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, and Ulster counties, and each is using its existing distribution structures, established relationships with school districts and other youth-focused entities, and/or access to their own clients in need to get the products into the hands of low-income families. The eight grants totaled $100,000, with grant amounts based on the size of the population and poverty rates of each county. 

With this funding, which falls within our Safety Net funding theme, these organizations are regularly distributing essential items free-of-charge to nonprofit organizations, school districts, or other entities that serve economically-disadvantaged children and teens.