POUGHKEEPSIE & MONTGOMERY – This summer, as many enjoy beautiful weather and vacation, others in the area are struggling to meet basic needs. United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region wants to make sure children in the community can enter the school year prepared to learn.

Help With United Way’s Back-to-School School Supply Drive

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To do this, United Way is sponsoring a school supply drive to collect new supplies to fill backpacks for area students for the upcoming school year. The goal is to help fill 1800 backpacks with school supplies for students-in-need in Dutchess and Orange Counties. This year, donated supplies will be distributed to students at backpack giveaways in Newburgh and Poughkeepsie.

The 10th annual Backpacks, Supplies & More will be held on Aug 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 20 Carroll Street in Poughkeepsie. The family-centered event also will feature food and refreshments, a bounce house, face painting, a fire engine, and vendors with educational information.

We Are Newburgh, a local group aiming to empower the city’s youth, is hosting a backpack giveaway on Aug 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Downing Park. Last year, We Are Newburgh distributed 3,300 backpacks to students. Students and families are invited to attend and enjoy free live entertainment, food and pick up needed school supplies.

The supplies needed for these organizations to fill the backpacks for students-in-need include:

  • 1800 Black & White Composition Notebooks
  • 1800 Glue Sticks
  • 600 Spiral Notebooks
  • 600 of Pocket Folders
  • 600 Binders
  • 600 Rulers
  • 600 Crayon Packs
  • 600 Colored Markers
  • 600 Child Safe Scissors

If you would like to donate to the drive or sponsor a drive through your workplace or organization, please drop off your donations by Aug 9th to United Way offices in Poughkeepsie (75 Market Street) or in Newburgh (123 Grand Street). United Way’s offices are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

Additional information is available at www.uwdor.org/backtoschool2017 or by texing “uwdor backtoschool” to 313131.

Any questions please call Jazmin Awada at 845-471-1900 ext 3106 or email jawada@uwdor.org.

About United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.  In 2015-16, charitable contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations to United Way’s Community Fund supported nonprofit partners in delivering services to 124,424 residents of Dutchess and Orange Counties. For more information, go to www.uwdor.org



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