Recent Grants


  • Animal Welfare
    Cleopatra Fund Grants
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Animal Rescue Foundation

      $3,000

      Funds will provide for the purchase and installation of new automatic dog kennel doors. The easy to operate doors will allow for the dogs to get outside to run and exercise in a fenced in area of approximately one acre. There are benches in the play area, allowing potential adopters to sit and interact with the dogs. The new doors will also keep the heat in during the cold winters.
      http://www.arfbeacon.org/

      Catskill Animal Sanctuary

      $500

      Hay and grain will be purchased for the rescued farm animals being cared for. Providing proper nutrition to the animals is of the utmost importance. Each resident of the sanctuary is provided with a diet customized to his or her species, age and health status. Taken into account is whether an animal needs to gain or lose weight, how well they can chew their food, and health issues such as arthritis, digestive problems, or hoof conditions that can be affected by diet.
      www.casanctuary.org

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $1,882

      Funds will be put towards the purchase of a bathing station to facilitate the hygiene needs of the shelter animals as well as the local community. A new bathing station will increase the number of animals that can be accommodated including animals from the community. The new bathing station will be in close proximity to the grooming salon and is designed for comfort and safety when bathing squirmy, playful or even aggressive animals.
      www.dcspca.org

      Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

      $3,000

      The funding will be used to offset the total cost of a blood analyzer which will be used to identify existing health problems to determine proper treatment protocol and allow for ruling out health problems in the preventative treatment of animals in areas such as Heartworm, Lyme, Rabies, and Distemper. An in-house blood analyzer will increase the likelihood that pet owners can afford to keep their animals rather than surrender them to rescues and shelters due to unaffordable veterinary costs. 
      hvars.org

      Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Inc.

      $2,500

      Funding will be used to provide testing for parasites and diseases and used to provide vaccinations and dental care for horses on the farm. This necessary veterinary care is required as a sanctuary with accreditation through the Global Federation of Accredited Sanctuaries and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.  
      www.luckyorphanshorserescue.org

      Project Cat

      $3,000

      The funds will be used to purchase vaccines, test kits and medicines for routine preventive care and treatment of internal and external parasites and treatable health problems for all cats entering the shelter. Providing basic medical, supportive care and sterilizing cats that enter the shelter is key to maintaining a disease free cat population and having healthy cats for adoption to the public. On average 300-350 cats are prevented from breeding each year and producing more unwanted kittens. www.projectcat.org

      Putnam AdvoCATS, Inc.

      $3,000

      The funding will be used to pay for the veterinary expenses associated with the Spay and Neuter of feral cats in Putnam County. This includes the NYS mandated Rabies vaccination for all cats as part of the Trap, Neuter, Return program. With TNR, the cats’ reproductive capacity is eliminated - leading to a gradual decline in their numbers, and nuisance behavior is substantially reduced. The funding will also be used for the purchase of additional humane traps, cages, and related equipment necessary for the safe trapping and handling of feral cats.
      www.facebook.com/PutnamAdvoCATS

      The Friends of Green Chimneys

      $1,500

      Funds will help purchase supplies for the Dog Interaction Program such as leather slip leads, chew toys, pet waste bags, dog bandanas, and a sound system for the dog dorm to play soothing music. Students benefit from daily interactions with shelter dogs in dorms, in class, and at therapy sessions, and are also motivated to communicate more effectively and behave in positive and appropriate ways to help the dogs achieve success. In turn, the training and socialization helps the dogs become more adoptable. As a result, 72 of 76 shelter dogs that have gone through the program have been adopted.
      www.greenchimneys.org
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Catskill Animal Sanctuary

      $1,000

      The grant will help to purchase hay and grain for rescued farm animals at the Sanctuary. The funding will feed 215 animals for two months. Providing proper nutrition to the rescued animals at the Sanctuary is of the utmost importance. Each resident of the sanctuary is provided with a diet customized to his/her species, age and health status. Taken into account is whether an animal needs to gain or lose weight, how well they can chew their food, and health issues such as arthritis, digestive problems, or hoof conditions that can be affected by diet. 

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $3,000

      The grant will help DCSPCA to continue to expand to support diverse communities within Dutchess County. The program will include: collateral, outreach strategies, educational programs on the importance of spaying and neutering, animal wellness care education and options, to include vaccinations and general companion animal behavioral management. DCSPCA in partnership with the County Department of Health, provides Dutchess County residents free rabies vaccinations, with a focus primarily in underserved communities. The DCSPCA will expand the existing Rabies Clinic program into a more extensive planned community outreach, in order to serve more low income pet owners with additional resources to help them keep and maintain a healthy companion animal for the life of the animal.  

      Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

      $3,000

      The grant will help defray the cost of installing a fire/security alarm system for the wellness/rescue facility. HVARS must install this safety and security system since the hospital will house live animals that will, at times, be unattended. The wellness clinic will be available for HVARS to use in rescue efforts but also for the public to provide low cost veterinary care. The objective is to be able to provide basic medical care at a lower cost, thereby enabling people to retain their pets and not have to surrender them.

      Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

      $1,000

      The funds will help defray the cost of a run-in shelter for a family of five miniature horses, which will protect them against severe weather. A rescued family of miniature horses have a tree lined paddock, but no area to shelter them from wind, snow and rain in the upcoming winter months. This grant will allow funding to purchase a shelter and not take monies away from the feed or hay budgets. luckyorphanshorserescue.org

      Project Cat

      $2,000

      The funds will purchase medicines and preventive care products routinely used on all cats entering the shelter for viral testing, treatment of parasites and minor health problems, and vaccinations to prevent communicable diseases. Providing basic medical and supportive care and sterilizing cats that enter the shelter is key to maintaining a disease free cat population and having healthy cats for adoption to the public. www.projectcat.org

      Putnam County Feral Cat Task Force c/o Paws For Love

      $3,000

      The funds will pay for the veterinary expenses associated with the Spay and Neuter of feral cats in Putnam County. This includes the NYS mandated rabies vaccination for all cats as part of the Trap, Neuter, Return program, which is an innovative technique that involves trapping unsterilized cats living in a colony, having them spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies, marked for identification and returning them to their original location. A caretaker then provides regular food, shelter and monitors the colony over time. With TNR, the cats’ reproductive capacity is eliminated - leading to a gradual decline in their numbers, and nuisance behavior is substantially reduced. Where possible, finding temporary placement for kittens with other rescue groups for future adoption, is the primary goal of TNR. pawsforloveny.com

      Stray HELP

      $1,455

      The funding will purchase the following services: spay/neuter, vaccinations (rabies and distemper) and costs of initial illness or injury situations for forty-five stray, feral, or abandoned cats. Stray HELP (Humane Education to Limit Population) was created to assist feral, or abandoned cats and the people who care about them. In 2015, Stray HELP has placed 60 kittens and cats into loving homes.

      The Friends of Green Chimneys

      $1,000

      The funding will help purchase supplies such as folding wire dog crates with crate beds, exercise pens, Kuranda dog beds, no-pull harnesses and leashes for 32 dogs in the Dog interaction Program. Students are involved in the actual care and training of carefully selected rescued dogs to help them become accustomed to human interaction, learn basic commands and become ready for adoption in the Dog Interaction Program. The program enables students to learn a sense of responsibility, how to nurture, develop compassion, maintain emotional regulation and interact effectively to achieve a desired outcome. 44 shelter dogs from Animals for Adoption have been socialized and taught basic commands at Green Chimneys and all of them have been or will soon be placed in their forever homes. 

      Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

      $2,000

      The funding will pay for nearly four weeks of hay to feed the goats, sheep, and cows at the Sanctuary. WFS is one of the leading farm animal sanctuaries in the United States. They have helped rescue and relocate thousands of animals and are currently home to more than 300 rescues. A significant number of residents have severe medical conditions because of past mistreatment, neglect, or the reckless way that they were bred.
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      Catskill Animal Sanctuary

      $1,000

      Funding will be used to purchase medical supplies for rescued horses and farm animals in care. The funding will provide medical supplies to meet the needs of 240 animals for two and a half months.

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $3,000

      The SPCA has approximately 200 cats in care each day, with an average of 20 cats needing special diets each day. Funding will be used to purchase  food for kittens, cats in surgical recovery, and cats with special dietary needs.  The grant will impact approximately 125 cats/kittens.

      Friends of Green Chimneys

      $1,500

      The grant will provide additional Agility Equipment for the Dog Interaction Program.  Agility training will teach 24-36 dogs each year skills which make them more adoptable as pets.

      Mid-Hudson Animal Aid

      $1,500

      With ever increasing needs, funding will help support intake care, including urgent medical care, to abandoned, orphaned or neglected cats and kittens.

      Paws for Love

      $2,000

      The funding received from this grant will be used to pay for the veterinary expenses associated with the Spay and Neutering of feral cats in Putnam County.  This includes the NYS mandated Rabies vaccination for all cats as part of the Trap, Neuter, Return program.

      Rondout Valley Food Pantry

      $415

      Funding will allow the purchase cat food for clients' cats. Clients will often use their own food pantry supplied foods to feed their pets. This funding will enable cat food to be purchased for nearly a year.

      Ulster County SPCA

      $3,000

      Funding will cover the cost of sterilization surgery for feral, stray and surrendered cats. The UCSPCA clinic is on pace to sterilize 1850 cats in 2014. Increased funding for Project Feral allows the SPCA to continue this vitally important program.

      Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

      $1,500

      Funding will be used for direct animal support to pay for hay to feed the Sanctuary goats, sheep, and cows.
    • 2013 Grant Recipients 

      Animal Coalition Team dba P.A.N.T

      $850

      This grant will fund the Cat Emergency Medical Assistance (CEMA) project, which will provide immediate and vital emergency health care for cats in P.A.N.T.-supported feral colonies when such medical intervention is unaffordable to colony caregivers. Such medical intervention will ensure treated cats will be either adoptable or able to continue to live healthy lives in colonies with caregivers.

      Catskill Animal Sanctuary

      $1,100

      Support for Rescued Animals

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $1,600

      Funding will support safe walks, enrichment activities and training to each of the 290 dogs expected to stay at the shelter for some portion of 2014. Slip leads to ensure safe handling of all dogs and harnesses to ensure comfort, control, and faster training will be purchased; along with strong toys and training aids that our Training Manager and team of experienced handlers can use to stimulate and train the dogs.

      Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

      $2,000

      Funds will provide materials and supplies to convert an existing area of the shelter to a maternity and kitten area. Materials include construction supplies for sheetrock of walls, doors, an air conditioning unit and cages for both the pregnant females and their litters.

      Project Cat

      $1,600

      This grant will be used to purchase medicines and preventive care products we routinely use on all cats entering our shelter for viral testing, treatment of parasites and minor health problems, and vaccinations to prevent communicable diseases.

      The Friends of Green Chimneys

      $1,690

      This grant will support Green Chimneys construction of sleeping quarters for dogs as part of an innovative dog rescue, training and adoption program planned for launch in early 2014. Staff and children will work with All About Dogs, Inc. an Ulster County adoption and dog training center, to rescue 24-36 abused, abandoned and neglected dogs annually, train them at the Brewster campus to become pets, and adopt them out to responsible owners.
    • 2012 Grant Recipients 

      Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Inc.

      $1,500

      Funds to purchase hay to feed rescued animals.

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $400

      To provide a second set of surgical instruments for their low-cost medical clinic in Hyde Park to increase efficiency.

      Habitat for Strays, Inc.

      $1,000

      To provide food, medicine, and spaying/neutering for all cats in their care.

      Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

      $2,875

      To provide an anesthesia monitor for medium to large dogs in order to expand their low cost spay/neuter mobile services.

      Mid-Hudson Animal Aid, Inc.

      $3,000

      To provide intake care, including urgent medical care, to abandoned, orphaned or neglected cats and kittens.

      The Friends of Green Chimneys

      $1,705

      To provide intake care, including urgent medical care, to at least 27 abandoned, orphaned, neglected or retired farm animals, bringing them back to health, and providing the early routine care that will make it possible for these animals to live with care and compassion at Green Chimneys Farm or to be adopted by a new caring owner.
    • 2011 Grant Recipients 

      Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Inc. 

      $1,400

      To support costs associated with building a two-story barn for large-animal housing and hay storage. This new building will accommodate 10-12 horses and cows on the first floor and 700 bales of hay on the second floor.

      Dutchess County SPCA          

      $400   

      To support Peace Officer Training and CPR/First Aid Training for two Humane Law Officers.

      Friends of Green Chimneys      

      $1,500

      To provide intake care, including urgent medical care, to abandoned, orphaned or neglected farm animals.

      Habitat For Strays, Inc.           

      $1,500

      To provide food, medicine and general maintenance supplies to enable the organization to continue providing a caring and supportive environment for the animals in their charge.

      Putnam Humane Society          

      $1,400

      Support for roof repairs in order to keep the animals in their care dry and warm.

      Town of Saugerties Animal Shelter

      $1,400

      Grant will used to replace the shelter’s furnace and purchase a generator to be used in emergencies, like Tropical Storm Irene. These items are necessary in keeping the pets in their care warm and healthy.

      Ulster County SPCA   

      $2,400

      Support for the Ulster County SPCA’s Homeless Cat Sterilization Program, which seeks to reduce the county’s stray and feral cat population.
  • Arts & Culture
    Ann and Abe Effron Donor Advised Fund Grants
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $1,500

      Funding  will be used to underwrite artist fees for the Bardavon's 2017 Matinees & Music Program for seniors. This program provides Dutchess County seniors with an afternoon of entertainment and an opportunity to socialize with friends, and includes free round-trip transportation for many who need it.
      www.bardavon.org

      Christ Episcopal Church

      $2,000

      Funds will be used to collaborate with the Barrett Art Center to provide fine arts classes for 60 campers. Each week for five weeks, campers will go to the Barrett Art Center for a class. The focus will be on various age-appropriate printmaking techniques as a way to tell a story within the context of the camp’s theme, "Caring: Ourselves, Our Neighbors, Our World."  During the sixth week of camp, a gallery show and reception will celebrate the campers' creations.
      www.christchurchpok.org

      Common Ground Farm

      $1,000

      Funding will support the 5th Grade Fresh Food Mural Project. This program allows Beacon 5th graders to visit Common Ground Farm, harvest and cook fresh vegetables, learn about public art and how public art impacts communities, and work democratically to create a public mural about fresh food for their school.
      commongroundfarm.org

      Dutchess County Art Association

      $1,500

      Funding will be used to support My Poughkeepsie, a school year art program for the 60 attendees and 16 youth assistants of Christ Church’s 2017 Summer Camp. The Barrett Art Center’s resources will be used to introduce historic context and techniques to deepen each student’s understanding of self and community, and develop their capacity for creative expression.
      www.barrettartcenter.org

      Half Moon Theatre

      $2,000

      The grant will be used to support student matinees of the production "Yours, Anne", a critically acclaimed musical adaptation of "Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank. No or low cost tickets will be provided for students who attend from underserved schools, many for whom this will be the first experience with live theatre. The focus is on building and engaging community while providing a platform for thought and exploration of important topics such as kindness, literacy, and human rights.
      www.halfmoontheatre.org

      Howland Chamber Music Circle

      $1,000

      The grant will help fund the performance by the Israeli Chamber Project, to be held on April 9, 2017, at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY.
      www.howlandmusic.org

      Hudson River Housing

      $3,000

      Cultural and educational enrichment programming for runaway and homeless youth served though the River Haven Program will be provided with the funds. A schedule of outings to art galleries, museums, colleges, theaters, concert halls, and other venues will be combined with onsite educational workshops and guided artistic activities. The goal is to not only address the issues that bring youth to the shelter, but to help these vulnerable young people build protective factors associated with positive development.
      www.hudsonriverhousing.org

      Hudson Valley Home Matters

      $1,800

      The grant will help defray the costs for members to attend social, educational, and cultural events to promote community and prevent social isolation. Some funds will be used to pay transportation costs for dedicated volunteers who are often senior citizens themselves and are on fixed incomes.
      www.hvhomematters.org

      Hudson Valley Seed

      $500

      Funds will be used to purchase art supplies to make educational school garden programs accessible to all Beacon elementary school students. The curriculum-integrated programs use the arts as a tool to encourage students’ healthy eating, food literacy, outdoor learning, and academic success.
      www.hudsonvalleyseed.org

      Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

      $1,500

      The funds will help subsidize discounted tickets for groups of youth to attend the Sunday matinee performance on May 14, 2017 of Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.
      kaatsbaan.org

      Mediation Center of Dutchess County

      $750

      Buses allowing senior citizens to attend the 9th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2017 will be subsidized with the grant.
      www.dutchessmediation.org

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

      $3,000

      Funds will be used to support the Agency Pass Program which makes it possible for the museum to offer unlimited free admission to families served by select human services agencies in Dutchess County that serve low-income and/or at-risk families.
      mhcm.org

      Mill Street Loft

      $2,000

      Funds will be used to implement the Arts for Healing program, bringing expressive arts to children, families and older adults in greatest need throughout Dutchess County. Through the universal language of the arts, participants will communicate ideas and feelings that may be hard to put into words, such as memories, emotions, and other personal experiences.
      www.millstreetloft.org

      North East Community Center

      $500

      Funds will be used to provide Health Bucks, $2 incentive coupons to buy fresh produce at the Millerton Farmers Market; and provide free live music to the entire community during the Market's outdoor summer season. NECC seeks to make locally grown food available to low-income residents, engage residents of all backgrounds in the market as a cultural event, and support local musicians by giving them a performance venue from May through October in the center of Millerton.
      www.neccmillerton.org

      NorthEast-Millerton Library

      $1,000

      The grant will be used to pay performers for concerts which are a part of the Northeast-Millerton Library Music in the Annex concert series. The object of these concerts is to provide a safe, alcohol free environment for an audience made up of a variety of area residents including senior citizens. 
      http://nemillertonlibrary.org/

      Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra

      $800

      Funding will be used to provide free concerts at senior citizen centers, provide opportunities for students to get involved in the symphony concerts, and to fund a student workshop with the soloist.
      www.ndsorchestra.org

      Poughkeepsie Public Library District

      $1,500

      Funds will be used for the rental of buses to provide access to library programs for those who may currently lack that access due to financial constraints or other issues. 2nd & 3rd graders in Poughkeepsie and the economically-challenged residents of the City who have no means of accessing the branch library will be targeted for this program.
      www.poklib.org

      Ramapo for Children

      $1,000

      Funds will be used for materials and staffing needed for the continued development of a dedicated Music Therapy Program at the Rhinebeck campus. This grant will be targeted towards program participants from the Hudson Valley region, providing materials and instruction for over 700 local children with social, emotional, and learning challenges (along with accompanying teachers and caregivers) who visit the campus each year.
      www.ramapoforchildren.org

      Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society

      $1,125

      The grant would fund the artist musicians for the performance at Thompson House as part of the Outreach Program into nursing homes that serve the infirm and generally elderly people who would have no other means to attend a concert.  Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society’s mission is to enrich the community with wonderful music.
      www.rhinebeckchambermusic.org

      Vassar-Warner Home

      $2,000

      Funds will be used to support the eight week Intergenerational Arts Program with Mill Street Loft called Habilildad. The program partners the youth from Habilidad, a bilingual program for Latino students, and the residents of VWH with artists experienced in expressive art therapy to create journals and artwork based on each other’s life stories.
      www.vassarwarner.org

      Wassaic Project

      $800

      Funds will support Art Nest, a free, year round, drop-in education studio space open to kids of all ages and their families. Art supplies will be purchased for the program and staffing of the space will be supported.
      http://wassaicproject.org/
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc.

      $2,000

      The funds will help to underwrite support to cover the artist fee for the Spring 2016 Matinees & Music, a program specially designed for seniors. Matinees & Music has been part of the Bardavon's annual programming for 25 years. Every year, two weekday matinee shows are presented in order to offer senior citizens the opportunity to enjoy an outing to their community theater for a live arts performance. The audience often includes people with disabilities who also have little opportunity to socialize and be active outside of their homes.

      Christ Episcopal Church

      $2,000

      Funds will cover instructors’ salaries, equipment use, and supplies for a collaboration with Spark Media Project to expand campers’ ability to present a meaningful message about and for their community with Stop-Motion Animation. Children will create multi-media animations using technology, photography, clay and other craft materials. The animations will carry a persuasive message of value to the community and will be posted on YouTube. Each camper will keep a DVD of the project. Their persuasive presentations hold promise for effecting policy for neighborhood improvement in the City of Poughkeepsie. www.christchurchpok.org

      Howland Chamber Music Circle

      $1,000

      Funds will be used to cover part of the artists' fees for a concert presented by the Brentano String Quartet. Sponsorship of concerts, enables HCMC to keep ticket prices low, while fees for artists continue to rise. This is an opportunity for HCMC patrons to hear a world-class string quartet in a unique concert space, which is particularly well-suited to chamber music, without traveling to NYC.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $2,500

      The funds will provide cultural and educational enrichment programming for runaway and homeless youth served though the River Haven Program. A schedule of outings to art galleries, museums, colleges, theaters, concert halls, and other venues will be combined with on-site educational workshops and guided artistic activities. The goal is to not only address the issues that bring youth to the shelter, but to help these vulnerable young people build protective factors associated with positive development.  www.hudsonriverhousing.org

      Hudson Valley Home Matters

      $2,300

      This grant will help defray the costs for members to attend social, educational, and cultural events to promote community and prevent social isolation. Some funds will be used to pay transportation costs for volunteers who are often senior citizens themselves and are on fixed incomes. HVHM is an “aging in place” membership organization that offers a host of services to members, most of which are provided by trained volunteers.

      Innisfree Garden

      $1,000

      The funds will provide free admission to approximately 2000 students from schools, colleges, and summer camps. Innisfree forgoes its $6.00 admissions charge for students because it feels that education is an important part of its mission. Innisfree is recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens” and is a powerful icon of mid-twentieth century design.

      Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Inc.

      $1,000

      According to the 2010 census, there are 50,190 senior citizens in Dutchess County. With a county as large as Dutchess and limited public transportation, many do not have the mobility that they would like - for basic and quality of life issues. The funds will provide the rental of two buses to allow senior citizens to attend the 8th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 10, 2016. WEAAD's goal is to raise awareness about the types of elder abuse and how it can be prevented, as well as resources to address it when elder abuse is occurring or has occurred. www.dutchessmediation.org

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum (MHCM)

      $3,000

      This grant will allow the MHCM to expand its Agency Pass Program, making it possible for the museum to offer unlimited free admission to families served by select human services agencies in Dutchess County that serve low-income and/or at-risk families. As the only children's museum between greater New York City and Albany, MHCM serves as an important early education resource for families living in the region. Often times, the families that would benefit most from the educational resources available at the museum lack the means and ability to visit. To ensure that the museum remain accessible to families who need it most, MHCM developed the Agency Pass Program.

      Mill Street Loft

      $2,500

      The funds will provide support to implement the Arts for Healing program bringing expressive arts to children, seniors and families in greatest need throughout Dutchess County. Arts for Healing uses the universal language of the arts to reach participants with verbal and physical impairments, accessing hidden resources and providing a sense of accomplishment. Artwork created by the participants at each site will be shared at culminating events with family members, agency staff and community members. Hundreds of children, adults and family members have benefited from the Arts for Healing program. www.millstreetloft.org 

      North East Community Center

      $600

      The funds will subsidize Health Bucks, $2 incentive coupons to buy fresh produce at farmers markets in Millerton and Amenia, to low-income residents; and provide free live music to the entire community during the Millerton Farmers Market's outdoor season. The Farmers Market Community Outreach Project seeks to inform the public about the availability of fresh, healthy food at farmers markets and engage residents of all backgrounds in the markets as cultural events. NECC has managed the year-round Millerton Farmers Market (MFM) for 8 years; it is now a well-established venue for 22 local farmers which attracts 250 customers each week. 

      Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra

      $1,000

      Funding will provide free concerts at senior centers and for children in Northern Dutchess County who would not be able to enjoy symphony concerts due to cost or travel restrictions. The Orchestra provides professional level performances at reduced ticket prices for seniors and families. This is a unique program to "bring the orchestra to the audience." 

      Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, Inc.

      $1,125

      Funding will help offset musicians' fees for three concerts at the Thompson House nursing home, part of Northern Dutchess Hospital, in Rhinebeck. The outreach program for nursing homes serves elderly people who have no other way of attending a concert. Performers are selected because they are entertaining as well as able to evoke a response from the patients. This program helps to musically enrich the community. www.rhinebeckchambermusic.org

      Stringendo, Inc.

      $2,000

      Funding will provide string students of the Poughkeepsie School District a chance to participate in a youth community music program, thereby enhancing their musical knowledge and technical skills, while interacting with enthusiastic, like-minded and equally passionate young musicians from other school districts, counties and even states. By eliminating the two primary barriers for these young people - cost and transportation - Stringendo hopes to provide them with the same opportunity as any other child.

      The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

      $2,000

      Funding will provide support to bring the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company to The CENTER for a performance of the Shakespeare play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The production will be staged as a matinee field trip performance for middle and high school students from surrounding school districts. Funding will provide the opportunity for 150 students, 10 teachers, and 30 senior citizens to attend the performance at no charge. These events support The CENTER's mission of providing arts experiences for persons of all ages, and utilizing the facility as a true community resource.

      Vassar-Warner Home

      $2,000

      Funding will allow residents to participate in an 8-week Intergenerational Arts Program with Mill Street Loft called Habilidad. The program will begin in the Spring of 2016 and partners the youth from Habilidad, a bilingual program for Latino students, and the residents of VWH with artists experienced in expressive art therapy to create journals and artwork based on each other's life stories. The program will end with an exhibit and reception at Mill Street Loft, which will be open to the public.

      Wassaic Project

      $2,000

      Funding will support Art Nest, a free drop-in studio space for children housed in the Maxon Mills, the Wassaic Project's historic signature exhibition space. The grant would expand access to Art Nest through the hiring of additional staff to cover extended hours once the space is winterized, support the development of new Art Nest project kits, and supply materials. During the 2015 summer season, Art Nest welcomed over 1,000 young artists and their families.
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      Bard College

      $1,500

      The grant will support the costs of van transportation and admission for seniors from the Red Hook/ Rhinebeck area who want to attend concerts on the Bard College campus. Lack of access to transportation and concert tickets remain the main barriers to concert attendance for many seniors.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $2,000

      Funding will help to cover transportation costs for seniors to attend the Bardavon's Spring 2015 Matinees & Music program in Poughkeepsie. The grant will allow low-income seniors who cannot drive, make their own travel arrangements, or afford to hire their own transportation, to attend an enriching live performance experience.

      Christ Episcopal Church

      $2,000

      Funds will support Summer Camp Art:  Stop-Motion Animation 2, a collaboration with Spark Media Project to expand camper's ability to present a meaningful message about and for their community by means of Stop-Motion Animation.  Funds will cover expense of instructor salaries, equipment use, and supplies.

      Hudson River Housing

      $3,000

      Funds will support cultural and educational enrichment programming for runaway and homeless youth served though the River Haven Program. A schedule of outings to art galleries, museums, colleges, theaters, concert halls, and other venues will be combined with onsite educational workshops and guided artistic activities.

      Hudson Valley Home Matters

      $2,300

      The grant will help defray the costs for senior citizens to attend social, educational, and cultural events to promote community and prevent social isolation. Some funds will be used to pay transportation costs for the dedicated volunteers who are often senior citizens themselves and are on fixed incomes.

      Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

      $2,000

      Funds will support a five-day Shakespeare residency in conjunction with a live performance of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" at Orville A. Todd Middle School in Poughkeepsie. The program aligns with Common Core Learning Standards and enriches classroom learning in English Language Arts, the performing arts, history and other humanities courses.

      Innisfree Foundation

      $1,500

      Funding will support Innisfree Garden to provide free admission to students from local schools, colleges, and summer camps.

      Mediation Center of Dutchess County

      $1,630

      Funds will support transportation costs to allow senior citizens to attend the 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this spring.

      Mill Street Loft

      $1,500

      Mill Street Loft will use funds for supplies and artist's fees to work with senior citizens and youth through their multi-generational Arts For Healing program, bringing the arts to seniors and children in greatest need in our community.

      North East Community Center

      $1,000

      Funds will provide Health Bucks, $2 incentive coupons to buy fresh produce at farmers markets in Millerton and Amenia, to low-income residents; this program is part of their Farmers Market Community Outreach Project, which seeks to educate the public about the availability of fresh, healthy food at the markets and engage residents of all backgrounds in the markets as community events.

      Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra

      $1,400

      Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra provides professional level performances at reduced ticket prices for seniors and families. The orchestra also provides free children's concerts, instrument petting zoos and free concerts for seniors at senior centers. Funding will be used to provide free concerts at senior citizen centers and children's centers in Northern Dutchess County.

      Ramapo for Children

      $1,500

      Funds will support materials and staffing needed for the development of a dedicated Art Center on their Rhinebeck, NY campus. This grant will be targeted towards our program participants from the Hudson Valley region, providing materials and instruction for over 1,000 local children with social, emotional, and learning challenges (along with accompanying teachers and caregivers) who visit our campus each year.

      Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society

      $1,050

      Funds will allow for free concerts at area nursing homes, including the Thompson House, and Ferncliff Nursing Home. Concerts will serve those infirm and generally elderly people who would have no other means to attend a concert.

      The Wassaic Project

      $3,000

      Funding will support Art Nest, a free drop-in studio space for children. The grant will help to expand access to Art Nest through the hiring of additional staff to cover extended hours, supporting the development of new Art Nest project kits, and supply materials.
    • 2013 Grant Recipients 

      Abilities First, Inc.

      $2,000

      Grant funds will support admission, registration and membership fees, as well as transportation costs to allow children and adults with disabilities with limited income to attend a variety of cultural, artistic, educational and sports activities and events.

      Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter

      $1,200

      This grant will help support a new collaboration with Mill Street Loft and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College to offer opportunities for people with dementia and their caregivers to participate in docent-led viewings and discussions of world-renowned art, followed by personal art-making workshops with professional artists. The program will offer failure-free opportunities for expression and facilitate social engagement of individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc.

      $1,800

      Funding will be used to cover transportation costs for seniors to attend the Bardavon's Spring 2014 Matinees & Music program in Poughkeepsie. The grant will allow low-income seniors who cannot drive, make their own travel arrangements or afford to hire their own transportation, to experience an enriching performance experience.

      Christ Episcopal Church

      $2,000

      Grant funds will be used to enlist the services of the Children's Media Project to introduce the oldest campers at our Summer Camp Art program to the art of moviemaking. During this cooperative learning experience, campers will use clay and technology to create a stop motion animation movie.

      Common Ground Farm

      $1,500

      Funds will support Farm to School, an experiential learning program teaching kids about healthy food, nutrition, agriculture, and stewardship. Through farmer visits to the classroom and in seasonal class visits to the farm and children’s garden, students develop an understanding of where food comes from, how it is grown, and how to make healthy diet choices in their own lives.

      Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.

      $1,600

      The grant will support the Deep Listening Institute's Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) Program including training sessions for staff, caregivers and family members. Updated AUMI software allows greater accessibility for people, including children with severe physical limitations, to participate in music-making both individually and with others.

      Half-Moon Theater

      $500

      This grant will provide support to cover artist fees and marketing expenses for the production of the 4th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival, a production of staged readings of new short plays written for Half Moon Theatre.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $2,000

      Grant funds will be used to provide cultural and educational enrichment programming for runaway and homeless youth served though our River Haven Program. A schedule of outings to art galleries, museums, colleges, theaters, concert halls, and other venues will be combined with onsite educational workshops and guided artistic activities.

      Hudson Valley Home Matters

      $2,000

      The grant will provide support to defray costs for senior citizens to attend social, educational and cultural events to promote community and prevent social isolation. A portion of the funds will be used to pay transportation costs for our dedicated volunteers who are often senior citizens themselves and are on fixed incomes.

      Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

      $500

      Grant funds will be used to support HVSF’s outreach to local families in summer 2014 including SHAKE IT UP, our first free Shakespeare show for kids. SHAKE IT UP joins our popular Family Nights series in providing local families with free and affordable ways to experience live theater. SHAKE IT UP and Family Nights both include free hands-on educational activities led by HVSF actors as well as free picnicking and free access to the beautiful grounds of our host site, Boscobel House and Gardens.

      Innisfree Foundation, Inc.

      $1,000

      Funding will support Innisfree Garden’s goal of providing free admission to students to visit the garden during the summer of 2014. Education is a vital part of Innisfree’s mission and, in the face of increased costs as a product of storm damage, this grant will allow the continuation of Innisfree’s student educational programs.

      Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Inc.

      $1,000

      Grant funds will be used to set up a series of three programs connecting residents at Daytop Meadow Run in Rhinebeck with the arts. Residents will be brought to Kaatsbaan for a workshop and then attend the performance given by the company.

      Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Inc.

      $800

      Funding will be used to support bus rental and van transportation expenses to allow senior citizens to attend the 6th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which will be held on June 13, 2014, hosted at Cornell Cooperative Extension-Dutchess County, Millbrook.

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

      $2,000

      Grant funding will support MHCM's new Agency Pass Program, through which the museum will offer free admission passes to any health and human service agency operating within Dutchess County to distribute to clinicians working directly with young children and client families.

      Mill Street Loft, Inc.

      $1,500

      Funds will be used to purchase supplies and to support artist's fees for our second year of Intergenerational Programming at the Vassar-Warner Home for Seniors in Poughkeepsie. The project will partner urban youth from MSL’s bilingual program for Latino students - with residents from Vassar-Warner, creating a large-scale artwork encompassing the life stories of the students and residents.

      North East Community Center

      $500

      Funds will be used to conduct outreach at a local food pantry to encourage clients to use Health Bucks, food stamps, and FMNP (WIC/senior) checks at NECC's two farmers markets and kick off the 2014 summer market season with Food Access Month, when we will promote Health Bucks, EBT, and FMNP buying options and present our most popular musicians at the Millerton Farmers Market.

      Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra

      $1,000

      Funding will expand NDSO’s Instrument Petting Zoo Program to younger children who have never experienced orchestral music. The program is designed for children ages 6 and under. They will attend a 45-minute performance, and interact with orchestra members and learn about instruments in the process.

      Temple Beth-El

      $1,900

      This grant will facilitate Temple Beth-El’s Panim Program, an innovative and engaging program combining education and culture for the larger community - especially young people and senior citizens. Inspired by the Jewish value of “Love your neighbor as thyself”, Panim brings art-based interactive multi-generational events about the many faces of humanity at its best, for pre-K through 60 and beyond, at the same time giving youth opportunities to build their own community, social and cultural leadership skills.

      The Wassaic Project

      $1,200

      Materials and Staff Fees for Free Drop-in Kids’ Studio Space
    • 2012 Grant Recipients 

      Abilities First, Inc.

      $2,000

      Funds will be used to cover admission, registration and membership fees, as well as transportation costs to allow children and adults with disabilities with limited income, to attend a variety of cultural, artistic, educational and sports activities and events.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $2,000

      To cover transportation costs for seniors to attend the Bardavon's Poughkeepsie Matinees and Music program. The grant allows low-income seniors who cannot drive, make their own travel arrangements, or afford to hire their own transportation to attend an enriching performance experience.

      Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.

      $1,500

      Funds will provide for trainings for parents, caregivers and teachers with a new customized Adaptive Use Musical Instruments innovative software interface, which enables people, including children, with severe physical limitations and disabilities to actively participate in music-making both individually and with others.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $2,500

      Funding will integrate educational and cultural enrichment programming into River Haven services to provide runaway, homeless and at-risk youth the chance to build self-esteem and identity; find better outlets for self-expression; and improve opportunities to constructively use their leisure time.

      Hudson River Playback Theatre, Inc.

      $1,000

      Funds will support a two-part program that will enable the students at the Ridge School to experience the richness of theatre based on their own true stories.

      Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Inc.

      $500

      To support two of HVSF's popular "Family Nights" programs during our 2013 summer season. The "Family Nights" outreach initiative makes steeply discounted tickets available to local families who otherwise could not afford to come to these shows; it also gives these families access to free interactive educational workshops led by HVSF actors prior to each "Family Night" performance.

      Innisfree Foundation, Inc.

      $1,500

      Funding provides free admission to Innisfree Gardens to approximately 2,000 students from schools, colleges, and summer camps.

      Julie's Jungle at Lime Kiln Park

      $1,000

      Funds will purchase a Cozy Cocoon for Julie’s Jungle, an accessible and inclusive playground being built in East Fishkill, NY at Lime Kiln Park.

      Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Inc.

      $500

      Provides subsidized tickets and transportation for under-served students and seniors to attend professional dance performances.

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

      $2,500

      To offset the cost of admission of underserved children visiting the museum.

      Mill Street Loft, Inc.

      $1,500

      To provide supplies and artists' fees for a six-week Intergenerational Arts Program in partnership with Vassar Warner Home, a Senior Residence in the City of Poughkeepsie. The project partners’ urban youth from Habilidad, our bilingual program for Latino students, with residents from Vassar Warner Home, creating journals and artwork based on each other's life stories.

      North East Community Center

      $750

      To fund a program of monthly health and wellness workshops and daily exercise classes throughout the winter months, all offered at low or no cost to local residents.

      North East Community Center

      $500

      To support community-involvement activities at the Millerton Farmers Market. These projects connect the market to a larger and more diverse constituency, including seniors, low-income families, and the working poor.

      Northern Dutchess Day Care Center, Inc.

      $500

      Funding will start up of three new programs consisting of Music and Movement, Art, and Yoga for children ages 18 months through 12 years.

      Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra

      $1,250

      Funding will expand the instrument petting zoo program through community outreach. The program will be delivered at several venues and on multiple dates to increase the opportunity for young people to explore musical instruments and talk with musicians.

      PAUSE

      $1,000

      To cover materials and installation of a public art project that will work with local youth to write poetry, display the work in business windows along Main St. and at sites along the Fallkill Creek on the north side of Poughkeepsie.

      Poughkeepsie Day Nursery, Inc.

      $1,000

      To fund music, yoga and Bardavon theatre trips to develop the art objective of their program.

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $1,000

      To provide scholarship funding for PFP education programs to ensure that youth with limited resources have opportunities to gain positive fresh food experiences and to inspire healthy eating choices.

      Vassar Temple

      $500

      To fund the Vassar Temple 3-Dimensional Program, which will serve 50 religious school students in grades K-7 who need additional learning support and/or inspiration to have a positive religious school experience.

      Vassar-Warner Home

      $1,500

      Support for residents of Vassar-Warner Home to enroll in the "Arts for Alzheimer's" program at Mill Street Loft. This program is collaboration with Vassar-Warner Home, Mill Street Loft and the Alzheimer's Association of the Hudson Valley. This program includes exhibits and programs that use visual arts, poetry, music creative movement and performance in working with people with early stage Alzheimer's that stimulate the mind and allow non-verbal expression.

      Village Halloween Parade, Inc.

      $500

      To support Sinterklaas Rhinebeck, a free, annual public art event in Rhinebeck, NY. Funding will go towards a free, month-long workshop open on weekends, where local citizens of all ages and abilities come to work with Master Puppeteers Alex Kahn & Sophia Micahelles.
    • 2011 Grant Recipients 

      Abbott House 

      $1,500

      To provide safe and positive recreation activities, such as movie and bowling outings and historic park trips to 24 at-risk families in the Dutchess County that strengthens and preserve the family unit.  Families are invited to reconnect with each other and spend quality time in an affirmative and constructive atmosphere that works to reinforce their relationships and avoid foster care involvement.

      Abilities First, Inc.

      $1,500 

      To cover admission, registration and membership fees, as well as transportation costs so children and adults with disabilities can attend a variety of cultural, artistic, educational and sports activities and events.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House  

      $1,500

      Support to cover transportation costs for seniors to attend the Bardavon's Matinees & Music program. 

      Catharine Street Community Center     

      $1,000

      Support for a Spanish Language Teacher for the After School Program who will play an integral role in improving language skills and increasing cultural awareness and sensitivity.

      Christ Episcopal Church          

      $1,000

      In 2012, the Summer Camp at Christ Church and the Barrett Art Center will collaborate on a visual arts project that elaborates upon the theme Earth, Sky and Water: Our Heritage, Our Future. To gain inspiration for artwork, the older children at camp will experience all three elements -- earth, sky and water -- as they sail the Hudson in the Sloop Clearwater. Younger children will visit Norrie Point and learn about the creatures that live in and near the Hudson River.

      Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.    

      $1,500

      Support to expand the Adaptive Use Musical Instruments Project in Dutchess County, which enables students who have little voluntary mobility or other disabilities to make music.

      Ferncliff Nursing Home

      $1,100

      To purchase two web-cam equipped computers for the new Internet Café at Ferncliff Nursing Home and expand access to technology for 328 senior residents and their family members.

      Half Moon Theatre      

      $950   

      Support for artists and marketing fees to perform a staged reading of "The Magic Fish.”

      Howland Public Library

      $1,070

      For a support group serving teens with Asperger's Syndrome so they may share their concerns and aspirations, socialize, receive support services and prepare for adulthood via counselors and various guest speakers trained in Autism Spectrum.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $2,000

      Support to integrate educational and cultural enrichment programming into River Haven’s services with a goal to provide runaway, homeless and at-risk youth the chance to build self-esteem and identity, find better outlets for self-expression, and improve opportunities to constructively use their leisure time.

      Hudson Valley Home Matters  

      $1,500

      The funds will pay transportation costs and subsidize admissions fees to allow members and the volunteers who help them attend social and cultural events and visit historical sites.

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum          

      $1,500

      To offset the cost of admission for underserved children to visit the museum.

      Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra          

      $1,170

      To expand the evening Pops Concert programming to an afternoon concert for children aged 4-10 and their parents. 

      Poughkeepsie Day Nursery, Inc.          

      $1,000

      Support for the “Creative Curriculum” through Teaching Strategies Inc, which focuses on the nine main objectives of Early Childhood education. Children will explore visual arts, music, dance, and movement concepts by attending performances at the Bardavon and music and dance classes

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project     

      $2,000    

      To provide scholarship funding for educational programs to ensure that at least 150 youth with limited resources have opportunities to gain positive fresh food experiences and eat healthy.

      Rhinebeck Connections, Inc. (dba Young Rhinebeck)  

      $2,200

      Support for the Life, Learning, & Language Program which provides educational and social support services to elementary school children whose first language is not English. 

      Rhinebeck Rotary Club

      $1,200

      Grant will provide funds to allow high school students from lower income families the opportunity to participate in the annual Nicaragua humanitarian service project trip. These students will not only play a vital role in improving the lives of the villagers in the impoverished rural community in Nicaragua, where they will be constructing classrooms or other similar projects, but will also find their own lives changed forever.

      Vassar-Warner Home 

      $1,800

      To offer discounted admissions prices for seniors to attend events at area attractions for recreational, educational and spiritual purposes.

      Village Halloween Parade, Inc.

      $1,500

      Funding will support a free month-long workshop in November, where citizens of all ages and abilities from the Hudson Valley can work with Master Puppeteers Alex Kahn and Sophia Micahelles. In this workshop, volunteers make 20' tall, articulated puppets and other visual art objects that will be used in the Dutch-inspired celebration of Sinterklaas Day in Rhinebeck on the first Saturday of December.
    • 2010 Grant Recipients 

      Abilities First, Inc.

      $1,000

      Funds to allow children and adults with disabilities and have limited incomes, to engage in artistic, cultural and educational activities in the community. Funds will be used to cover transportation costs, admission, registration and membership fees to a variety of cultural, artistic, educational and sports activities and events.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc

      $750

      Underwriting support for transportation costs for seniors to attend the Bardavon's Matinees & Music program.

      Brandeis University National Women's Committee

      $250

      Digitization of a collection of historical pamphlets and reports circa 1850s-1920 on the research, care, and treatment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These important and hard-to-find materials will be of great value to researchers studying the history and evolution of the field of developmental/intellectual disabilities.

      Children's Media Project

      $600

      Funding to cover personnel and supply expenses associated with running a series of free weekend storytelling and bookmaking workshops for elementary aged children at Children's Media Project in Poughkeepsie.

      Clinton Community Library

      $700

      Financial support for the Clinton Community Library's summer active reading program for children. The primary objective is to sustain reading and learning over the summer to prepare children in the community to return to school in the fall motivated, enthusiastic and engaged. The grant will help to pay for a program coordinator, special events to open and close the summer reading contest, as well as books, craft supplies and incentive prizes.

      Community Hebrew School of Dutchess County

      $2,000

      Grant monies will be used to fund the purchase of new computers, headphones and software for our classrooms. Funding for Special Education at the Community Hebrew School will make Hebrew education available to a larger number of children in the Dutchess County community.

      Congregation Schomre Israel of Poughkeepsie

      $2,000

      The repair of the mikveh is essential in providing a more usable facility for the age-old observance of ritual purification. The mikveh currently serves the needs of our own congregants as well as those of the entire contiguous area.

      Dutchess County Art Association, Inc.

      $500

      Barrett Art Center will revive a formerly popular "Gallery to Go" program to make art accessible to Seniors. This involves producing Power Point presentations of each of their four National Juried Art Shows and presenting them at each partnering Senior Center.

      Hadassah, Poughkeepsie Chapter

      $1,000

      Funding towards the National Quota to be put towards Young Judaea Summer Camps and the Hadassah Medical Organization.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $1,400

      This grant will assist the Enrichment Program for Homeless Youth at River Haven and will help facilitate visits to such venues as plays, museums, and art galleries (for example), and would also include classes and workshops. The goal is to provide runaway, homeless and at-risk youth the chance to build self-esteem and identity; find better outlets for self-expression; and improve opportunities to constructively use their leisure time.

      Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County

      $1,000

      The "Passport to the Jewish Arts" is a series of programs which embrace the many different facets of Jewish Arts. Programs will be held over a three month period with each program focused on a different aspect of the arts. Focuses may include but not be limited to the literary arts, musical arts, culinary arts, films, or the fine arts. Experts in the various focused area will utilize lectures, demonstrations, performances, and/or guest speakers to convey their expertise and knowledge.

      Jewish Federation of Dutchess County, Inc.

      $2,200

      Operating Funds

      Jewish Federation of Dutchess County, Inc.

      $500

      Funds to bring speakers on Jewish topics who will be present to the whole community.

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

      $1,000

      Funding to provide fees for children to visit the museum and passes for returning families. This funding will allow the Museum to respond to a greater number of students who might otherwise be unable to visit the museum and also provide the students the opportunity to return to the museum with their families.

      Mill Street Loft, Inc.

      $750

      Scholarship assistance for economically challenged families to send their children to one of the Dutchess Arts Camp facilities in summer 2011. In addition to the campuses already operating in Poughkeepsie, Millbrook and Red Hook, they are projecting adding a program in Beacon. The camps offer a wide range of creative activities that “build self-esteem while learning through the arts” for children ages 4-14.

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $900

      Scholarship funding for Poughkeepsie Farm Project educational programs to ensure that youth with limited resources have opportunities to gain positive fresh food experiences to make it easier for them to choose to eat healthy.

      Rhinebeck Connections, Inc. (dba Young Rhinebeck)

      $600

      Support for the Life, Learning and Language (LLL) program, an after-school program for elementary school children in the Rhinebeck Central School District. The LLL program has dual goals of promoting academic success for school-age children whose families' primary language is not English, and improving communication between these families and the school community.

      Saint Francis Healthcare Foundation

      $700

      Support for the Music Together program helps improve listening and verbal skills, direction-following, physical coordination and math and logical thinking via rhymes and rhythms for 35 typical and differently-abled children from ages 2 months to just under 3 years who are enrolled at the nonprofit St. Francis Hospital Learning Links Day Care Center & Special Needs Preschool.

      Summer Camp at Christ Episcopal Church

      $1,000

      Funding will help provide once a week professional art instruction for all campers in either drawing and painting or sculpture/ceramics, supplies, transportation for a field trip to a local outdoor art center, such as Storm King, and installation expenses for the final exhibit, including an outdoor sculpture garden.

      United Way of Dutchess County, Inc.

      $2,180

      Funds for a professional Parent/Infant Educator (PIE) to meet with a parent and child; assess the child's development in five areas (Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Social & Emotional, and Problem Solving) and offer counseling on issues that concern the parent.

      Vassar-Warner Home

      $700

      Fees for transportation services and discounted admissions to allow residents to attend events and shows at area theaters or institutions, as well as provide taxi transportation for shopping or other local outing excursions.

      Warwick Valley Humane Society, Inc.

      $600

      SNR Program
    Robert R. Chapman Fund Grants
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $1,200

      The funds will be used to cover the artist fees for the Fall 2017 Arts Residency Program titled Senegal Drumming Experience, that will take place in Poughkeepsie City School District public schools. The program will provide 125 elementary students with the opportunity to learn about West African culture, geography and music from Guest Teaching Artist, Moustapha Diedhiou.       Following five workshop sessions, students will participate in a school performance and march in The Celebration of Lights Parade in Poughkeepsie. 
      www.bardavon.org

      ENTA- Education Network for Teachers & Artists

      $750

      The funds will support ENTA's teaching artists for Madagascar Day. Rhinebeck's Bulkeley Middle School is part of a cultural exchange with the town of Ranomafana, Madagascar. ENTA provides project coordination and artisan programs to BMS's "Madagascar Day," an annual intensive half day of learning about Madagascar for the entire middle school, grades 6 - 8 and sharing their learning with the Rhinebeck community through community interactions and art exhibits. The R-Villages project, a cooperative effort between Rhinebeck Central Schools and Centre Valbio Research Station in Madagascar, facilitates communication between both communities, to support research and conservation efforts in Madagascar, and to share experiences and cultural heritage.
      https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=12130

      Hudson River Housing

      $500

      Funds will be used to support multicultural programming that focuses on engaging youth through international film screenings, cultural celebrations, and workshops led by local residents to educate about the many cultures of the Middle Main neighborhood of Poughkeepsie. The funds will be put towards program supplies, space rental, food, honorariums for workshop leaders, and event promotion. These programs will bring people of all backgrounds together in celebration of diversity with the hope that it will create spaces where people can come together to get to know each other, understand cultural customs, and find new ways to work together to create a stable and strong community.
      www.hudsonriverhousing.org

      Poughkeepsie Public Library District

      $500

      Funding will provide an opportunity for local youth to experience the culture of West Africa. Amadou Diallo, a master drummer, performer and educator, will provide a public performance and workshops on drumming, dance, music and the cultures of West Africa. This program will serve as an exposure to the cultures of Africa and an introduction to drumming and drum circles.
       www.poklib.org

      Starling Productions Inc. / TMI Project

      $1,184

      Funding will support a launch event for the TMI Project’s Black Stories Matter digital campaign. The event will feature City of Kingston youth and adults performing personal monologues developed in memoir-writing workshops as well as ensemble story and dance performances by the Center for Creative Education dance company and Brooklyn Tech High School step team. The Black Stories Matter campaign is an initiative that seeks to create and share stories written by black community members in the Hudson Valley and beyond that illustrate what it is like to be black in America.
      www.tmiproject.org

      Wassaic Project

      $1,000

      Funds will be put towards hiring international instructors and purchasing materials for Art Scouts, a four-session artist-led summer program for children entering grades K-6. The goal of the Art Scouts program is to introduce young children to the diversity of contemporary visual art, including work by international artists while encouraging creative problem-solving and critical thinking.
      http://wassaicproject.org/
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Arts Mid-Hudson

      $1,000

      The funds will support “Stuffed,” a hands-on, multicultural program for children and their adults about stuffed, rolled, and/or filled traditional foods made and eaten by members of 5 different cultural communities residing in the Mid-Hudson Valley. At the 2-hour program, youth will learn about traditional culture and foodways through experiential interaction with members of different cultural communities, through sampling traditional foods and through making simple versions of some of the foods they taste. “Stuffed” is part of an occasional series, Food for Thought, exploring culture through food, and the symbolic capacity of food and food habits—how particular foods and customs surrounding food are reflective of and communicate about cultural identity. www.artsmidhudson.org

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc.

      $1,000

      The funds will help to underwrite the artist fees for the 2015-16 Daytime Series presentation of Step Afrika! The two educational performances will provide 1,800 students, grades 1 through 12, an understanding of African cultural traditions and their connection to American identity, and support NY State Common Common Core Learning Standards for Social Studies. A companion Teacher's Guide will be available for educators to link learning between the theater and the classroom. www.bardavon.org

      ENTA- Education Network for Teachers & Artists

      $1,000

      The funds will assist Rhinebeck's Bulkeley Middle School's "R-Villages" project in fulfilling their goals in their cultural exchange with the town of Ranomafana, Madagascar. ENTA provides project coordination and artisan programs to BMS's "Madagascar Day," an annual intensive half day of learning about Madagascar for the entire middle school, grades 6 - 8 and sharing their learning with the Rhinebeck community through community interactions and art exhibits. The R-Villages project, a cooperative effort between Rhinebeck Central Schools and Centre Valbio Research Station in Madagascar, facilitates communication between both communities, to support research and conservation efforts in Madagascar, and to share experiences and cultural heritage.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $1,000

      The funds will provide opportunities to celebrate, and educate youth about, the many diverse cultures represented in the Middle Main Poughkeepsie neighborhood through multicultural programs and workshops led by local residents. The Middle Main Initiative is a program of Hudson River Housing's Community Building & Engagement department, and works to create a strong, vibrant, and creative neighborhood in the heart of Poughkeepsie. The hope is to create spaces where people can come together to get to know each other, understand cultural customs, and find new ways to work together to create a stable and strong community.

      Wassaic Project

      $1,000

      The funds will be used towards hiring instructors and purchasing materials for Art Scouts, a four-session artist-led summer program for children entering grades K-6. The goal of the Art Scouts program is to encourage creative problem-solving and critical thinking, and introduce young children to the diversity of contemporary visual art, including work by international artists. The program is free to students who enroll through the Webutuck Central public school district. wassaicproject.org/
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      Arts Mid-Hudson

      $1,000

      Funds will support a series of interactive cultural programs geared toward children, called Children's Day 2015, to be held at 5 public libraries in Dutchess and Ulster Counties. The series is organized and produced by the Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program in collaboration with the Mid-Hudson Library System.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $1,097

      The grant will help to underwrite artist fees for its Daytime Series presentation of the stage play, Lifeboat, performed by the Catherine Wheels Theatre Group of Scotland. This educational production is geared for 6th through 8th grade students and supports the New York State Learning Standards for Social Studies.

      Mill Street Loft

      $750

      Funds will help to provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth to visit Mexico in January 2015, allowing them to study with local artists, visit sites of cultural significance, and learn new artistic techniques.

      North East Community Center

      $1,097

      Funds will support the Alternative Spring Break project for a group of socioeconomically disadvantaged, at-risk youth (ages 14 to 18). The project will take these rural youth to Boston for two days of service learning and cultural enrichment. The remainder of the week will be spent on local community service, team building, and recreational activities.

      The Wassaic Project

      $800

      The Wassaic Project's Art Scouts program introduces  young children to the diversity of contemporary visual art, including work by international artists. Funding will suppor hiring instructors and purchasing materials for Art Scouts this four-session summer program for children.
    • 2013 Grant Recipients 

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc.

      $750

      Grant funds will provide the opportunity for 125, 5th-grade Poughkeepsie students at Krieger and Clinton Elementary Schools to participate in a one-week in-classroom cultural program that combines Brazilian music and storytelling. The program will culminate with performances by the children at each school and in the 20th annual community Celebration of Lights Parade in Downtown Poughkeepsie.

      Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center at Val Kill

      $1,500

      Funding will support programming for ERVK’s Girls' Leadership Worldwide, enabling teen girls from the Hudson Valley to participate in an international leadership development program. Particpants learn how to be principled, socially conscious leaders and global citizens.

      Mill Street Loft, Inc.

      $750

      Grant funds will serve to offset the cost of Poughkeepsie youth visiting Mexico in January 2014, exposing them to local culture and allowing them to study with local artists, visit sites of cultural significance, and learn new artistic techniques.

      North East Community Center

      $1,020

      This grant will help to fund an Alternative Spring Break project for NECC’s Teen Leadership Team, a group of socioeconomically disadvantaged, at-risk youth (ages 14 to 18). The project would take these rural youth to New York City for two days of service learning and cultural enrichment. The remainder of the week will be spent on local community service, team building, and recreational activities.

      Ulster BOCES

      $500

      Project Based Learning: The History, Art, Food and Culture of New Orleans
    • 2012 Grant Recipients 

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $1,000

      Funding for 150 students at Warring, Krieger and Clinton Elementary Schools to participate in a one-week in-classroom cultural program that combines Brazilian music and storytelling; the program will culminate with performances by the children at each school and participation in the annual community Celebration of Lights Parade in Downtown Poughkeepsie.

      Dutchess County Arts Council

      $800

      To offset expenses of presenting the family-oriented One River, Many Streams Folk Festival, specifically to purchase supplies for the interactive cultural craft-activity stations and honoraria for the different cultural groups whose youth are working the interactive stations and presenting their dance traditions on stage.

      North East Community Center

      $900

      To help fund an Alternative Spring Break project for the Teen Leadership Team, a group of socioeconomically disadvantaged, at-risk youths (ages 14 to 18). The project will bring them to New York City or another large urban center for a week of service learning and cultural enrichment.

      Rhinebeck-Rheinbach Exchange Program

      $1,000

      Funding for busing to concerts, historical sites and cultural institutions in New York State and surrounding areas for German students visiting Rhinebeck and the surrounding area in July 2013.

      The REAL Skills Network Inc.

      $1,000

      Funds to expand the S.T.A.R.T. (Student Target Academic Retention Techniques) program within REAL Skills to accommodate a growing student body of ESL learners.
    • 2011 Grant Recipients 

      Center for Creative Education  

      $1,250

      To help send the Energy Dance Company to the International Music Festival in Bad Arsolen, Germany in June 2012.

      Rhinebeck Rotary Club

      $1,500

      Funds will help high school students from lower income families participate in the annual Nicaragua humanitarian service project trip. These students will not only play a vital role in improving the lives of the villagers in the impoverished rural community in Nicaragua, where they will be constructing classrooms or other similar projects, but will also find their own lives changed forever.

      Rhinebeck-Rheinbach Exchange Program        

      $1,250

      To offset the cost of transportation for a trip to Germany in July 2012. 

      Stissing Mountain High School 

      $1,000

      Support for the China Exchange Program which seeks to expand the opportunity to promote and help provide an international cultural learning experience for as many students as possible, regardless of their ability to pay the full cost of the experience.
    • 2010 Grant Recipients 

      Arm-of-the-Sea Productions, Inc.

      $1,200

      This grant will help support the development phase of a new performance program for young people by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater. "Criss-Crossing Borders / Pasar Las Fronteras" (working title) will be a bi-lingual theatrical presentation drawing on stories from Latin America.

      Beacon Arts and Education Foundation

      $1,600

      Funds for the "Calico Ball"; an interactive, international cultural program presented through music and dance by and with the third grade to the entire elementary population in four elementary schools.

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

      $1,300

      Presentation of traditional folk arts to young audiences. Local, culturally-based artists use music, dance and theatre to engage children and families in diverse cultural arts performances.

      Stissing Mountain High School

      $777

      The China Exchange Program seeks to expand the opportunity to promote/and help provide an international cultural learning experience for as many students who express interest as possible, regardless of their ability to pay the full cost of the experience. These funds would help to defray some of the expenses associated with the cost of the trip, assisting students and the Chapman Fund to reach their mutual goals.
  • Education
    Fund for Excellence in Education Teacher Grants
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Amanda Ruhe - Dutchess Day School

      $976

      Little Bits for STEM and Tinker Lab
      Using the Little Bits in computer lab, students in grades 3-8 would be able build upon their prior knowledge of basic electrical circuits and programming. This reusable equipment would be housed in the Tinker Lab space in the computer lab allowing multiple students to utilize it during the school day for many different projects, which would expand the school’s STEM program integrating science and computer classes.

      Amy Hopf - Cahill Elementary

      $1,200

      Hudson Valley Clearwater Hudson River Experience
      The Hudson River Extravaganza is an in-school field trip which introduces the students to life cycles, adaptations, and human impact on animals. It will promote a personal connection to the Hudson River through hands-on exploration, while teaching essential science practices. 

      Amy Hudgens - Mill Road Primary and Intermediate School

      $2,000

      Verizon STEM Award
       
      Technology in Education Grades K-5 using iPads and STEM
      The grant funding will purchase hands-on supplemental supplies to enhance opportunities to learn math, reading, coding, collaborative learning, and 21st century learning experiences. The gaming system, Osmo, is a hands-on tool that uses letter and number tiles along with a mirror that uses the camera and software for the iPad. Children are able to build words and solve math problems with partners, individually, or in small groups and can increase in difficulty. The Sphero Spark Edition is a programmable droid compatible with the iPad. The spark app allows students to problem solve using a C-based coding system. The creativity and collaboration is maximized with the online Lightning Lab where students and teachers create, contribute, and learn through an online community board.

      Amy Kuchera - Garrison Union Free School

      $1,500

      Composting in our Cafeteria
      Students will build a new outdoor garden and start a cafeteria composting program. They will practice their public speaking, writing skills, math and research skills. Students will help design the school garden to include a compost area. Students will also work as compost monitors during lunch hours to make sure that students sort their waste properly. Students will research the reasons for composting as well as what can and cannot be composted. They will then make informational fliers to share with their classmates and larger school community.

      Barbara Wood - Kingston High School

      $2,000

      David Kennon Moody Award
       
      HVWP Leadership in the Teaching of Writing
      The Hudson Valley Writing Project Invitational Institute: Leadership in the Teaching of Writing program is offered in partnership with SUNY New Paltz. It is a series of three graduate courses offered over the course of a year. The program is designed for educators who want to develop expertise in writing instruction and literacy development, and serve as leaders in their school communities. The summer and fall courses will focus on developing skills as teachers of writing as well as learning innovative strategies for effectively teaching with the Common Core. Participants will also design a professional development workshop, and create and lead a Teacher Inquiry Workshop. The spring course is a capstone course in which participants will design and lead a writing project for their school community and/or the HVWP network. 

      Brent Boscarino - Poughkeepsie Day School

      $1,400

      Verizon STEM Award
       
      Underwater ROV for Use in Aquatic Science Work
      Funds will be used to purchase an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to enhance understanding of animal behavior and distribution in aquatic systems. Students have been volunteering with the NYS DEC eel monitoring and conservation program since 2012, collaborating with both Poughkeepsie High School and Arlington Schools to monitor American eel and river herring populations inhabiting the Hudson River at Fall Kill Creek. The ROV will be used to monitor fish behavior and fyke net avoidance as well as help log water quality data during the sampling season on the Fall Kill. The ROV will be used in early detection and prevention initiatives involving the invasive aquatic invertebrate, the bloody red shrimp (BRS) in the Finger Lakes and Hudson River watersheds. The ROV will enable videotaping and distributing live video feeds from the trout tank for data analysis and observation of tank behaviors as part of the Trout in the Classroom program. The ROV will also be used to help with data logging of temperature, depth and light at all sites sampled as part of the annual sampling of aquatic organisms at Sunset Lake at Vassar College.

      Carolyn Catalano - Matthew Paterson Elementary School

      $1,542

      Standing desks for students grade kindergarten to 4th
      The grant will be used for four standing desks and four stools to be used in kindergarten to 4th grade classrooms in the Carmel Central School District. These desks will be used for students who have difficulty sitting and attending to instruction. Studies have shown that focus and attention improved with standing desks.

      Cathleen Rossetti - Kent Elementary School

      $2,000

      Learning with Laptops
      Laptop computers will be purchased for the classroom to be used daily for a variety of purposes like allowing students to access individualized enrichment, practice or re-teaching activities and/or lessons. Students can access online resources to work on skills and strategies based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. Students will utilize online videos, games, vocabulary and skill activities, as well as writing responses. In addition, students would be able to post responses to debates and share their ideas via the internet and create presentations to share information across the curriculum.

      Charles J. Barone - Mahopac High School

      $1,200

      Construction & Maintenance of Hydroponic Stations
      The science class will design and construct several hydroponic stations. This project offers access to science curriculum involving photosynthesis & cellular respiration, ecology, reproduction, cellular structure, as well as bioethics and solutions to broader societal issues. Students will learn practical design skills and apply the scientific method to real world applications; learn responsibility through continued data collection and operation of the hydroponic stations; and learn problem solving skills by having expectations that have to be met despite issues that may arise. 

      Danielle Scalera Michielini - C.V. Starr Intermediate School

      $1,200

      Documenting Artwork for Online Student Art Galleries
      The funding will be used to build an online art gallery for each art class so that students can document, share and critique their work. A space will be set up so that students can document, edit and post their pieces online and then have some authentic conversations about their work and share with their families. Students will learn digital literacy through art and also about how to properly document work using tripods, lighting, and cameras.

      Gloria Rosati Peterson - Glenham Elementary School

      $2,000

      Computer Coding and Robotics is for Everyone
      iPads and the Ozobot educational bundle will be purchased with the grant funding to introduce/expand computer coding to all students in grades 3-5. This will allow students to practice working with algorithms, loops, conditionals, as well as debugging programs to understand computer coding concepts. Students are able to practice 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, and creativity while learning computer science concepts. 

      Gwen Saylor - Arlington High School

      $1,793

      Inferences with Infrared
      Students will use FLIR One Infrared cameras integrated with their own smartphones to capture infrared images and videos within and around the school environment. In physics class, lab groups will use the infrared cameras to investigate the electromagnetic spectrum beyond visible light. A hands-on exploration of infrared waves allows students to create a link between wavelength, frequency and energy. Astronomy students will use the infrared cameras to complete a scavenger hunt for objects hidden in plain sight in order to understand how scientists make discoveries about objects in the universe that cannot be seen using optical telescopes. Students in the Energy research class will use the FLIR cameras to investigate energy conservation within the building. The cameras are useful for identifying drafts and leaks that exist within the building.  

      Jane Cervone - Sargent Elementary School

      $982

      Increasing Curricular Connection to the Garden
      The funding will be used to purchase child-sized tools to make it possible for each student to engage in garden maintenance and to purchase seeds and ingredients in order to cook cultural food dishes together as a class. Students can read stories around a cultural dish, connecting literacy. Students will each have a role in growing the vegetables necessary to cook these dishes, and students will write recipe cards that they then take home to their families for each dish. By the end of the year families will have a 'cookbook' of kid-friendly recipes to use as a resource.

      Kimberly Sweck - Arlington High School

      $2,000

      Verizon STEM Award
       
      Admiral Aquaponics Ambassador Program
      The funds will create an Aquaponics greenhouse in the high school where science, technology, engineering, math and the culinary art programs will collaborate to grow fresh organic produce and raise fish. Aquaponics is emerging as a viable solution to meet the growing demand for high quality, hormone-free food and this is the perfect way to see it in action. The Admiral Aquaponics Ambassador Program will be an engaging, interdisciplinary, community oriented STEM program that will connect everyone to the fundamentals of food production and sustainable farming. The engineering classes will design, build and maintain the Aquaponics greenhouse. The biology and marine biology students will plant vegetables, raise fish from hatchlings and monitor the greenhouse conditions. The culinary arts student will harvest and use the products grown and raised in the school's in-house culinary program.

      Lacey Fredericks - Oakwood Friends School

      $1,300

      Curiosity-Driven Learning Through Chick Hatching
      Incubators and materials to design an outdoor coop will be obtained through this grant for a chicken hatching program. Students will observe the incubation process and take responsibility for caring for a chick in addition to designing a coop. Hatching chicks - and rearing them until they are ready to join a flock at a local farm - leads to more questioning, more research, more excitement, and more commitment than any book, video, or field trip can provide.

      Laura Collins - North Park Elementary School

      $1,500

      Dennis J. Markle Community Service Award
       
      Thank A Vet
      A buddy program will be created pairing 2nd graders and local Vets through the local American Legion. Throughout the year students will write letters and make seasonal cards and art projects to send to their Veteran buddy. A regular schedule of video chats or in some cases recorded messages, songs or skits will be created. The final culminating activity will be a celebration where the Vets would be invited to the classroom for a special presentation and tea.

      Laurel Whitworth - Matthew Paterson Elementary School

      $2,400

      Verizon STEM Award
       
      Technology in a 4th Grade Integrated Classroom
      Half a dozen laptops will provide students of differing abilities the opportunity to use technology throughout the school day. Core subjects can be taught in small groups using direct instruction, cooperative learning and the use of technology. The students can learn to research and communicate in a technical society. They will be better prepared for middle school with computer skills that are imperative for a successful education today. The students will be able to use the Internet daily to play educational games, participate in research, communicate electronically, and produce media based projects. 

      Megan E. Cooke - John Jay High School

      $350

      HVSF Teachers' Shakespeare Institute
      Funding will cover the cost of the Teachers’ Shakespeare Institute put on through the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, NY. Workshops are designed to help teachers make Shakespeare fun and accessible within the classroom. Programs are structured around a Shakespeare text and will enable teachers to integrate theater-based activities into their curriculum in order to engage students with Shakespeare’s stories.

      Rhapsody Mancini - Arlington High School

      $1,500

      Dennis J. Markle Community Service Award
       
      Community Guest Speakers in the Classroom
      Eleventh graders will engage in research about a topic/issue they care deeply about, and write a fact-based argumentative essay. They will then figure out a way to become part of the solution to the problem they have researched, by engaging with the community at large. Guest speakers from various community organizations will come to present to the students how their organization helps the community, and suggest how the students may get involved. This is a self-directed project, which will culminate in the students giving a class presentation that will educate their audience on the importance of their topic, argue persuasively for a position, show evidence of the action they took in the community, and suggest ways that other students might get involved as well.

      Robin Waters - Garrison Union Free School

      $1,500

      Verizon STEM Award
       
      STEM in the School Garden
      Funds provided will help to enlarge the school garden to accommodate more students learning STEM concepts. The Garrison Union Free School has partnered with Hudson Valley Seed, a Beacon-based nonprofit, to offer garden education for the last three years. The garden will be used to teach students about everything from graphing to photosynthesis. To build the garden students will first use their knowledge of area and perimeter to map out the garden space. Classes will all participate along-side community members to build the new garden.

      Scott Brown - Leptondale Elementary School

      $1,001

      Verizon STEM Award
       
      Leptondale Engineers of Today Project (L.E.T.)
      This grant will purchase the necessary materials students need to plan, design and build a prototype to aide persons with disabilities as part of the L.E.T. project. This project incorporates Science, Math and English Language Arts with the engineering process. Fourth graders will plan, design, and build an interactive academic game designed for students with different disabilities. Fifth graders will plan, design, and build a caddie that can be used with a walker. Sixth graders will plan, design, and build a “grabber” that will allow its user to easily access items from different vantage points.

      Will Bussert - Oakwood Friends School

      $1,325

      Comparative Indigenous Culture/Quaker Exploration Project
      The funds will be used to engage students in a comparative study of indigenous culture looking at both the native people of the Hudson Valley and the Lakota culture, as there are two Lakota boarding students at our school and a connection to a renowned Lakota performer, activist and storyteller, Tiokasin Ghosthorse. Through a three week unit, students will explore the history of the commitment to sustainability by Quakers, indigenous people of the Hudson Valley and the Lakota people including a study of ethnobotany with an opportunity for students to plant native seedlings in the greenhouse. This program will culminate in a three day celebration including: the decoration and erection of an 18 foot tipi; an exploration of indigenous cosmology; an ancient cedar flute performance and discussion; and a campfire, sleep out and native sunrise celebration.

      William A. Yager Jr., - Millbrook Middle School

      $2,000

      Experiencing the Different Branches of Earth Science
      Sixth grade students will explore and examine the different branches and professions of Earth Science. Every child will ascertain a greater understanding and appreciation for the complexities of the Earth’s systems. As Geologists, Environmental Scientists, Oceanographers, Astronomers and Climatologists, the students will work cooperatively to research, examine and test related specimen, view, construct and manipulate models to explain the intricacies of planet Earth, as well as, the human impact on our biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere.
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Christine L. Pizer - Poughkeepsie High School

      $1,017.50

      Infinite Possibilities through Science Literacy
      The potential use of Science World magazines is extensive, from personal enjoyment, to lesson integration, to the cornerstone of science literacy initiative; the magazines cover all the bases. The Science World magazines contain articles that serve different science disciplines, from Conceptual Biology to Physics. There is always some article of interest to every student. A recent article about a man that made a bowl out of his beard, while he was still wearing it, was too much for some students, but everybody had to look. Is it Motivation? Curiosity? It doesn't matter why they are looking, what matters is that they are looking, they are questioning and they are learning. 

      Cynthia Ramsey - Ralph R. Smith Elementary School

      $1,677.60

      Raspberry Pi Programming
      Imagine being able to install a spy camera in a bird house, program a digital sign to deliver important information, make a touch sensitive music machine, or a dog treat dispenser. Children will be able to design and build projects like these (and countless more) with a few credit card sized computers (called Raspberry Pi), a basic understanding of computer programming, and fundamental skills in electrical circuitry. This grant will support the purchase of 10 sets of equipment for the classroom that will provide students with an opportunity to explore computer technology in a meaningful and creative manner. 

      Diana Ferrara - Clinton Elementary School

      $2,000

      Aladdin Project
      This grant will provide all students in all grades at Clinton Elementary School the opportunity to participate, perform, act, sing, tap dance, create the sets, art work, and costumes for the young student musical production of Aladdin, The Broadway Musical Review.  

      Elizabeth Gokay-Duffy - The Randolph School

      $900

      Library Projector
      In the Fall of 2015, students will do a study about Earth's moon. The study will include reading Native American fables and legends about our moon, studying the science of the moon and looking at the history of how people have portrayed the moon in stories and movies. The students will complete stop-motion animation videos as a final project for the study.  This grant will provide reliable projection technology to create a video project that will come full circle for the students. 

      Elizabeth Roche - Sargent Elementary School

      $2,000

      New York History Explored by Grade 4 Students
      The 4th grade, general and special education classes participating, will explore the history of NYS focusing on pre-colonial times, Native Americans, Colonial times and becoming part of the United States. Our classes will participate in a historic simulation of a school day in early New York. With the assistance of a Historical Interpreter, children will experience history, such as candle making, food, writing, games, tools, and recreation. This experience together with providing nonfiction books (on independent reading levels) will give them a storehouse of knowledge for narrative and expository writing.  Students will create a portfolio incorporating narrative and expository writing relating to their experience. 

      Elyse Joy - Orville A. Todd Middle School

      $1,918

      Dennis J. Markle Community Service Award

      My eye is my ear, my hand is my mouth

      Working closely with the deaf community and Taconic Resources for Independence, students from Todd Middle School will help to promote independence and integration in society for people with disabilities.  Specific workshops will be offered for the deaf and hard of hearing.  Students involved in the "my eye is my ear, my hand is my mouth" program will provide workshops to help individuals with disabilities learn work related skills and technology tools for success.  In addition, they will provide support for social media use, the use of digital cameras, specific apps for the deaf and hard of hearing, and Google tips and tricks.  Students will host workshops at the middle school and also travel to Taconic Resources to provide support. 

      Gwen E. Saylor - Arlington High School

      $2,000

      Next Generation Science Equipment
      Funding will support building a lending library of sensors to share within the department.  The sensors purchased with this grant will allow students to design experiments that answer questions of interest to them.  The Next Generation Science Standards bring about a transition in the science curriculum that allows classrooms time to focus on exploration and discovery rather than a series of facts.  With the right toolbox this transition will allow students to make their own discoveries rather than hear about the discoveries of others. Instead of asking a teacher "what happens if..." the students can say "this happened when..."

      Jean Cook - Dutchess Day School

      $499

      Modeling Possibilities
      Combining creative design with technology in the classroom is increasingly possible with the range of software and hardware that is available today. Dutchess Day School recently received the gift of a 3D printer and they are integrating the new technology into the STEM curriculum. With the addition of a 3D scanner from this grant, the students will be liberated to think creatively and tackle interesting tangents, ideas, and out-of-the-box inspirations. 

      Julia Butironi - Dutchess Day School

      $1,000

      Courtyard Farming
      The grant will support the creation of a completely sustainable raised-bed garden to be used by students from preschool through 4th grade for planting an edible garden. Students will start the plants from seed indoors, transferring them in the spring to raised beds nourished with soil from our own composting program. Next school year, the students will harvest their farm-to-table crops which will end up on the lunch tables, prepared by the school’s kitchen. 

      Lacey Fredericks - Oakwood Friends School

      $1,550

      Providing Students with a Fractal Foundation
      Funding will help to bring awareness and understanding of fractal geometry to math students and fellow educators, through a free weekend “workshop” at Oakwood’s campus. The addition of 8000 more Omnifix cubes, will broaden the circle of those who get to learn about fractals in an artistic and hands-on approach. Through this project, students will have their eyes opened to a “geometry” that goes unrecognized.  

      Laura Collins - North Park Elementary School

      $1,375

      Dennis J. Markle Community Service Award

      Thank A Vet

      Thank A Vet is a community service project designed for kindergarten students. Students will be introduces to the freedoms of America and the importance of our military and U.S. Veterans. Students will work in cooperative groups to brainstorm examples of patriotism and courage, to explore what these concepts would look and sound like and, discuss how their ideas can be brought to life through art and writing. A buddy program will pair Kindergarteners and local Vets through the local American Legion. Throughout the year students will write letters, make seasonal cards and art projects to send to their Veteran buddy.  A regular schedule of video chats or in some cases recorded messages, songs or skits will be created. "Thank A Vet" will bring happiness to military and Vets in our local community while bringing personal fulfillment to my kindergarten students. Students will be impacted with the knowledge that they can better our society through community service.

      Laurie Malin - Rombout Middle School

      $785

      Herring Gut Aquaponics
      Introduction to Aquaponics is a 2.5 day course offering hands-on teacher training in aquaponics using Herring Gut's small-scale commercial aquaponics greenhouse and hatchery as your laboratory; a complete classroom aquaponics kit including tank, filter, pumps, planting materials and an operating manual; and standards-based aquaponics curriculum materials that will engage and motivate students. Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating environment. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponics pairs fish and plants in one integrated system. 

      Melinda Aaron - Poughkeepsie Middle School

      $1,480

      School Musical Production
      This project, in its completion, will be a production of a musical, “Into the Woods, Jr.”, performed by Poughkeepsie Middle School students in the spring of 2016. Cast, crew, research, auxiliary help, and any production-related tasks will consist primarily of students. Being involved in this production process will provide an arts-rich experience for the students, and educate them in theatre-related skills. 

      Michael P. White - Dutchess BOCES Career & Technical Institute

      $1,800

      David Kennon Moody Award

      Project Based Learning Professional Development

      This grant will fund conference attendance for two writing and English teachers, to learn more about Project Based Learning (PBL). The conference, sponsored by the Buck Institute, a highly regarded resource for high quality PBL instructional practices, offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate students. There is also a focus on educators use PBL as a key strategy for creating an effective and engaging 21st century classroom that promotes students' abilities to master the Common Core State Standards. 

      Nicole Devincenzi - Millbrook Middle School

      $1,000

      Physics Made Fun!
      Students will have the opportunity to use motion detectors and force plate equipment that will accurately calculate speed, acceleration, and forces.  Typically, inexpensive make shift equipment such as stop watches, bubble gum, spring scales, and masses, are used to provide explanations for complicated physics concepts.  By using technology from the 21st century, students will be able to create their own experiments that will accurately record measurements. They will then be able to analyze and compare data using this integrated technology. 

      Richard Keller-Coffey - Poughkeepsie Middle School

      $2,000

      Building Better Learners....One Brick at a Time
      Having Legos to use in school provides opportunities to work with students in math, social studies and English in unique ways. It helps students improve their academic, intellectual, and “soft skills”. Incorporating Legos challenges us to think differently about how something might be taught and at times will force us to move away from our old, comfortable practices. A student who is not confident in the standard academic world, may have a new avenue towards success in school.  Conversely, the student who only functions in the academic world, is now challenged to stretch themselves.  

      Russell Haentges - Millbrook High School

      984.15

      Real Life Phun in Physics
      The various science equipment purchased with this grant will provide an opportunity for students to perform a variety of demonstrations, which generate enthusiasm and interest in Physics. They also allow students to ask questions, which is the basis of inquiry in science.   Demonstrations complement the theory presented and allow students to see how models can increase their understanding of the theory, familiarizes students with the nature and use of apparatus, and improves observation and inference skills.  Demonstrations are vital tools for improving student learning. 

      Stacie Smith - Linden Avenue Middle School

      $1,780

      The CAFE Project
      The CAFE (Community, Art, Food, Education) project is a hands-on 8th grade project that gives students the opportunity to have a real-life work experience built into their normal school day. This project-based in-school field trip will allow students to experience the birth of a restaurant from conception to adulthood. Students will use digital technology to research cultures and regions to create an authentic menu, apply for restaurant positions and market their restaurant.  Students will cook for 250 people, and run the cafe as employees of their own restaurant. 

      William A. Yager Jr. - Millbrook Middle School

      $2,000

      Robotic Engineers
      Albert Einstein once said, "Scientists investigate that which already is, and Engineers create that which never has been". Sixth grade science students will become robotic engineers as they research, design, devise and fabricate innovative solutions to solve various enigmas of our ever changing world. Using Lego EV3 robotic kits, cooperative teams will encounter numerous engineering challenges by constructing and programming mechanisms and robotic systems to complete various tasks.  All students will manipulate the Lego construction pieces as part of the project based learning, configure various sensors and utilize programmable equipment to analyze their fabrications and test their success in each challenge. 
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      Christine Mathers - Webutuck Jr. Sr. High School

      $400

      Dennis J. Markle Community Service Award
       
      Small Change for a Big Change
      Many students struggle to relate math to their lives, dislike math or find it very difficult. Using grant funds, each student will each be challenged to use ten dollars to create a change for at least one other person.   The students may not simply give away the money, but must put careful thought into how to best use the money in a positive way. Students will be permitted to pool their money and work together on their projects if desired. Once a plan has been developed and the $10 is received, students will document their experiences with photos and journal entries, and present to the class to share their experiences and the ways in which math applications were involved. The goal is for students to find personal gratification in their projects, while discovering the difference just one person with $10 can make. 

      Christine Pizer - Poughkeepsie High School

      $925

      Science World Magazines for World Class Science Lessons
      The addition of Science World magazines in the classroom will have multiple benefits for high school students and teachers. The subscription includes 12 months of magazines and supplemental materials via the Science World website. The materials will enhance the Common Core State Standards and provide engaging materials for classroom use.  As students often complete tasks at very different rates the magazines will offer an entertaining way for students to engage in reading and learning on their own after their assigned class work is finished, leaving the teacher free to work with students’ individual needs.

      Darlene Yager - Dutchess Day School

      $1,750

      Engineering our Future
      Lego Mindstorms robot kits will be used in the 4th and 5th grade in conjunction with their science/technology and math curriculum.  The classes will be broken into teams where they will learn to build a robot and program it to perform given tasks.  After the first introductory year, the 5th grade students will have prior experience and will be able to develop more challenging programs and more complicated robots.  Those students who find a passion for building and programming will represent the school in the FIRST Lego league competition.

      David W. Larson - The Randolph School

      $750

      Kids in the Kitchen
      5th and 6th grade students will use newly purchased kitchenware to engage in weekly cooking and food preparation projects through the school year.  Kitchen projects will be chosen to coordinate with seasons, school events, and literature.  In the autumn students will learn about and prepare the produce of the harvest:  apples, pears, squash, pumpkins, and potatoes.  In the winter they will bake the specialties of the season:  challah, gingerbread, cookies, and cinnamon bread.  Some projects will incorporate the whole school in cooking and celebration. 

      Elizabeth Gokay - The Randolph School

      $1,300

      Terrific Tall Tales
      Students will study and compare tall tales from the United States, Canada and Australia, exploring their cultural and historical contexts.  As a culminating activity, students will write their own tall tales and then animate them using fabric, wood and other accessories.  The addition of a new MacBook computer and iMovie software will enable the children to complete a project that will show their knowledge of the subject, encourage communication and collaboration, allow for creative expression, teach them new technological skills, and bring their work to a wide audience.

      Gwen Saylor - Arlington High School

      $1,970

      Platforms for Innovation
      Easy to use data collection learning platforms will be added to Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics classes.  With the purchase of new SPARK technology platforms, teachers will have the flexibility to undertake investigations they never thought could happen in the high school setting.  Access to this equipment will bring opportunities for innovation that has, up until now, been stifled by limited budgets and cumbersome logistics. 

      Joan Miller - Netherwood Elementary School

      $1,500

      Dorothy’s Marionettes and Puppets Award
       
      Coming to America Puppet Show - A Story of Our Ancestors
      A puppet making workshop will provide the tools and skills needed to create a puppet show with third grade students as a culminating project for a family heritage immigration unit. After reading several books on immigration, including the book, Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen, each student will be asked to conduct an interview on family member to learn about their ancestry. After the interview and research is completed, the students will create an ancestor puppet and write skits to perform a Coming to America puppet show.

      Joan Miller - Netherwood Elementary School

      $500

      David Kennon Moody Writing Award

      The Keeping Quilt Reading and Writing Project
      The grant will provide funds to purchase multiple copies of the “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Polacco.  Third grade students will participate in an author study as part of a memoir reading and writing project. Through the reading lessons, students will discover that most of the author’s stories are based on her own life and the stories of her relatives' past. Students may learn to feel a sense of pride for their own heritage, while also gaining a deeper appreciation for the diversity of their classmates, and discovering that they each have important stories to tell.

      John Roccanova - Webutuck High School

      $630

      Magnetic Levitation: An Uplifting Experience
      Students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes will research, design, build, test, draw, and race electrified rail magnetic levitation vehicles. Magnetic levitation trains are being developed now and are in limited usage. Many believe that they can be an environmentally friendly means of high-speed mass transit in the future. With the purchase of an electrified rail track, students will be able to design and build the electrified models at school and then compete with them at Dutchess Community College’s Magnetic Levitation competition. 

      Kaila Hastings - Arlington High School

      $1,040

      Webcams make Marine Biology Classroom Available to Community
      In the fall of 2014, a live interactive website from the Marine Aquarium room will be launched. Web cameras will be placed on 4 of the large ocean aquaria and connected to a cloud site.  Students will engage in interactive activities such as observing territories of fish, fish behavior during and after feeding, and daytime vs. nocturnal behavior.  Students will use math skills to calculate the rate of movement sea urchins and sea stars and take temporal observations.

      Kirk Weiler - Arlington High School

      $1,600

      The Tools and Technology for Effective Blended Learning
      Funds will support the purchase of a computer, hardware and video software to create educational screencasts for high school mathematics classes. Recorded screencasts will be provided to students via You Tube, allowing them to watch missed lessons or re-watch lessons to strengthen their understanding of the class topic. Teachers may also “flip the classroom” structure and assign a lesson to watch as homework, and then utilize classroom time to work together in groups the following period.  

      Maribel Pregnall - Arlington High School

      $1,920

      Play it Again Sam
      The importance of Replication in Science High technology probes will be purchased for 9th through 12th grade biology students. Students will use the probes to take direct measurements on scientific topics that are often obscure and difficult to grasp, and compare their data to the data collected by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. When students arrive in advanced biology courses, they will already be familiar with the probes and they can use class time to develop their own hypotheses and conduct their own unique and creative investigations.

      Rena Finsmith - John Jay High School

      $1,600

      Dennis J. Markle Community Service Award

      Seniors to Seniors: An intergenerational approach
      Once a month during the 2014-2015 school year, local senior citizens will be invited to share a meal and their experiences with the senior high school students. Prior to the event students will plan the budget, seating arrangements, and discussion topics in their daily support class. Students will create intergenerational authentic learning experiences to engage senior citizens during the meal.  Students will have the opportunity to serve their community while gaining practical skills in the areas of technology, interpersonal relationships, event planning and financial literacy. 

      William A. Yager Jr. - Millbrook Middle School

      $1,200

      Novice Electrical Engineers
      Sixth grade students will become novice electronic engineers as they take an adventure of the mind by examining scientific electrical theory and concepts using a variety interactive probe-ware.  The elementary classroom will transform into a technology enhanced laboratory environment. Through inquiry based instruction, the students will actively design, construct and test a broad range of circuitry.
    • 2013 Grant Recipients 

      Aleen Josephs-Clarke - Governor Clinton Elementary School

      $1,250

      Rose is Still a Rose Afterschool Program
      Field trip expenses, books and supplies will be purchased to help fifth grade girls develop leadership skills, build character and increase confidence in affecting positive changes in their world as well as in the larger society. Young ladies involved in this program will be given opportunities to interact with peers and supervisors in a tension-free zone, thus enabling an increased sense of self-awareness, esteem and confidence to prepare for middle school and life in general.

      Anita Estes - Governor Clinton Elementary School

      $2,000

      We Are an Anti-Bullying School Mural
      A professional mural artist will work with fourth and fifth grade students and their art and classroom teachers to create a mural that conveys an anti-bullying theme. Two mural panels (approximately 16 ft by 4 ft) will be placed either in the cafetorium or in a conspicuous place for the entire school to view. Select students will do a presentation that demonstrates what they've learned through this experience about mural painting and bullying prevention.

      Anita Merando - The Randolph School

      $1,400

      Let Every Voice be Heard!
      Recording materials will be purchased and a singing instruction by a local singer-songwriter will be invited to produce a library of children’s voices singing and reading about peace and justice. With teacher guidance, kindergarten, first and second-grade students will choose books to read or songs to sing and record, describing ways to make our world a better place. The recordings will be taken to seniors at Elant Nursing Home in Beacon, teaching the children that their voices make a difference in the greater school community and beyond.

      Jean Cook - Dutchess Day School

      $1,600

      The Wisdom of Elders
      Three full-day workshops on audio digital storytelling will be held and four handheld digital recorders will be purchased for fifth-grade students to interview senior citizens at a nearby retirement home. Each student will be matched with a senior, and an outside expert in digital audio storytelling will coach the students on questions to ask, how to listen to the ambient sounds around them and how to weave components of their interview into a meaningful and professional encapsulation of personal history and growth. Using audio editing software, students will work in class with their teacher, the consultant and the computer teacher to edit audio clips into an NPR-style format interview. There is much to be gained from the wisdom of our elders and reaching out to the community, including a benefit to the participating seniors by reinforcing the importance of their life experiences.

      Kathy Lane and Barbara Rizzolo - Chancellor Livingston School

      $1,095

      Budding Buddy Biographers
      Book binding and related supplies will be purchased for this program that includes a visit from an author/illustrator and partners a kindergarten class with their third grade buddy class. A children’s book author and illustrator will read one of her books with the children and discuss how an author writes and illustrates a book. The third graders will interview their Kindergarten buddies, write and edit the life story, and ultimately present them with a bound biography. Through this process the Kindergarten students will have a new older friend in the school, and the third graders will be learning interviewing, writing, editing, and presentation skills.

      Marc Ouimet - Arlington High School

      $2,000 

      Elementary Science at the High School
      A Van De Graff electrostatic generator, renewable energy exploration kits and other materials will be purchased to continue a program that gives high school students interested in a career in education an opportunity to teach science to elementary students. High school students create science lessons for all elementary grade levels, K - 5. Elementary teachers from across the district then bring their class to the high school for 1.5 - 2 hours every day to participate in this program.

      Maribel Pregnall - Arlington High School

      $1,975

      Interfacing with Inquiry
      A Science Learning System, a carbon dioxide gas sensor and other sensors will be purchased to enable students in Physics and Biology courses to use an open-inquiry, advanced approach to conduct experiments. Students will be engaged in science explorations in which there are no expected answers. These abstract topics will be turned into systems that students can manipulate, measure, and observe. Using innovative probe-ware technology, students will investigate an independent variable of their choice and take measurements more efficiently and in a more exciting manner.

      Paulette Maggiacomo - St. Martin de Porres Elementary School

      $850

      Making Books Helps Me Learn to Read
      Thermal binding supplies, an AV cart and book buddy bags will be purchased for this program that will enable Pre K students to publish their own books and experience the pride of sharing them with their families. Children will make books for each letter of the alphabet by completing a sentence based on that letter. As the school year progresses and their fine motor skills develop, the children are able to make alphabet books and then transition to making word family books. This is a year-long process that begins during the first week of school and continues through June. At the end of the school year, each child is able to choose a book to take home. These books stimulate, encourage and instill the love of reading in the children.

      William Castaldi - Beacon High School

      $1,590

      Advanced Placement US History Summer Institute
      Grant funds will support attendance at an Advanced Placement US History Summer Institute. The goal is to increase enrollment for under-represented students in the AP US History Course and improve performance outcomes for the students who are enrolled in the course. This grant provides a great opportunity to advance the curriculum during the 2013-2014 school year and expose more students to the college-level experience. In addition, the goal is to foster improved student performance on the NYS Regents exam, overall success in high school and access to college credit to more under-represented groups.

      William Castaldi - Beacon High School

      $1,350

      Writing Grant
      A set of instructional writing manuals, including Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, will be purchased for the 1,037 students enrolled in our small city school district. Many of these students will be helped greatly by exposure to the style of writing contained in the manuals, which will be the foundational resource for a writing workshop to advance their writing skills and scores. In addition, this learning experience will positively affect their self esteem and ability to succeed. They will learn and practice the skills of writing and document analysis, a set of skills that they will use for their lifetime.

      William Yager, Jr. - Millbrook Middle School

      $2,000 

      The Junior Mechatronic Engineer Workshop
      A Mechatronic Classroom Vex Robotic Kit and other materials will be purchased to enable sixth-grade students to become junior mechatronic engineers. They will apply scientific theory to designs, develop and analyze mechanical, electrical and technical solutions using robotics. The class will work in cooperative design teams to collaborate and exchange ideas, fashion a workable plan, create a solution, test, re-evaluate, improve upon and compete in a sports-like robotic game against other organized design teams. All students will manipulate the Vex construction pieces, various adaptable sensors and programmable equipment to analyze their fabrications and test their success in each challenge.
    • 2012 Grant Recipients 

      Anita Estes, Shanna Didymus and Tammy Delguidice - Charles B. Warring Academy

      $1,800

      Puppet Artists Against Bullying
      Students in fourth and fifth grade will learn about different artists from the Impressionist, Expressionist, Cubist and Modern Art movements. Students will read, research and watch videos about VanGogh, Monet, Jackson Pollack, Fredrick Church, Louise Novell, Georgia O'Keefe, Salvadore Dali, Picasso and Diego Rivera. Puppets will be created from various materials such as clay, cloth and/or paper mache. Students will be engaged in discussion on how people from diverse backgrounds and cultures can learn to get along with each other. Students will then write a script with an anti-bullying theme, extending the project to their English Language Arts class time. Students will rehearse their parts and learn about voice inflections and putting on a puppet show. They will present their play to the other classes and to the school.

      Barbara Rizzolo - Chancellor Livingston School

      $300

      Compassionate Classroom Creates Cards
      This project will begin in September as part of our English Language Arts class when students will make cards twice a month to send to cancer patients at a nearby hospital.  The students will make these cards during an indoor recess time or free time at the beginning of the day. As the year progresses and writing abilities expand, students will begin including poetry and verse. Collaboration with the school’s art teacher will help students with the design and layout of their cards, as well as a connection to our health curriculum as we study the 5-A- Day Program promoted by the American Cancer Society as a preventative measure to fight cancer. Personal responsibility will be promoted by the expectation that each child will learn how to manage their time to ensure that two cards are completed each month.

      Carol Becker and Dr. William Moss - The Regina Coeli School

      $875 

      Weather in the Digital Age
      A Vantage Pro2 Wireless weather station with LAN capability and the corresponding simple weather instruments will enable students from primary to 8th grade to understand data collection and the interpretation of weather data in age appropriate ways.

      Darlene Yager - Dutchess Day School

      $1,200

      Exploring the Science of Meteorology
      A weather station will be installed on the school's roof where data will be fed into a computer. Students will analyze the data collected to make correlations between temperature, pressure, and humidity, while studying trends, making forecasts and becoming amateur meteorologists. The weather station will be in place in September when Dutchess Day 5th graders do their catastrophic events study, for the 2nd graders to use during their weather study and the 8th graders to use for the collection of information for their climate change studies.

      Elizabeth Gokay - The Randolph School

      $850

      Aesop’s Animation Project
      As a part of a unit on Ancient Cultures, and specifically Ancient Greece, 4th and 5th graders will complete stop-motion animation videos of fables by the Greek storyteller Aesop. Animating these tales will be a complex process involving analysis of a story and its structure, crafting visual elements from many kinds of art materials, and using cameras, tripods, computers, and computer software to film, edit, and record sound.

      Elyse Joy and Karen McGuire - Orville A. Todd Middle School

      $1,964

      C.L.A.S.S. Community Leaders and Student Support
      C.L.A.S.S. was started with equipment received from the Community Foundation in 2011. The district and community will continue to be offered free workshops and professional development opportunities through the continued funding of this program.  Students will use equipment and software to train and support teachers with classroom projects, provide community workshops, and lead after school student help sessions. This year, the addition of a connection to the local Poughkeepsie Public Library - Adriance, will allow students to work side by side in the computer lab with local children and teens.  The C.L.A.S.S. student participants will work in conjunction with the library to bring in tools and equipment to share and teach with. Weekly topics include digital photo editing, advanced Google searches, Microsoft Publisher, and Prezi will be covered. Basic computer skills will also be covered.

      John Blakely - Millbrook High School

      $1,932

      Kinect with Digital Puppetry
      Students will show different cultures and experiences through 3D design and interactive projections using Microsoft Kinect, Blender, projectors, cameras and open source software to create interactive digital puppets. The students will create 3D models and connect them to a web cam. When the student moves, the character on the computer will do the exact same thing. These models will be used as installation interactive art pieces that will be displayed in schools, libraries and art galleries.

      Karen MacLeod and Therese Coyne - Vassar Road Elementary School

      $1,028

      World Dance Residency Incorporating Study of World Cultures
      Over the course of four weeks, second and third graders will learn the traditional dances of various countries, from resident dance artists.  The countries and cultures of these dances will be incorporated into an interdisciplinary study of world cultures. Students will perform these dances in traditional garb, accompanied by live musicians playing traditional instruments at an all-school festival. Students will share artwork and interesting facts from their study, and present a short video of class activities. The teachers and staff will also present a dance they have learned. Throughout the residency, the curriculum of the entire school will focus on the study of these countries and cultures.

      Laura A. Collins - North Park Elementary School

      $825

      Very Special Friends
      "Very Special Friends" is a community service project designed for Kindergarten and First Grade students, who work in cooperative groups to brainstorm examples of friendship and kindness, exploring what these relationships would look like and sound like, while discussing how their ideas can be brought to life using art and writing. Each child's work will be scanned and sent away to be bound into a beautiful hardcover book. A pen pal program will be set up with a local nursing home in the fall, culminating with a field trip to the nursing home in the spring. Our visit will include a planned sing along of traditional friendship songs such as "Tea for Two" and "Make New Friends", songs that the seniors may recognize and enjoy. Each child will present and read his or her bound book including a personalized dedication page to their senior pen pal.

      Laura Thomas - Beacon High School

      $1,100

      Professional Development in AP Biology
      This subject-specific professional development opportunity at the AP Biology Summer Institute provides teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP courses. This one-week workshop is an opportunity for experienced teachers to explore new curriculum and laboratories, while working together on course syllabi to meet the revised standards. Emphasis will be placed on inquiry-based teaching and learning, and ways to integrate “Big Ideas” into the classroom. There will also be a critical review of textbooks and ancillary materials designed to meet the new curriculum, as well as the introduction of the new AP Biology examination, and strategies for student success.

      Loretto Canfield and Susan Roach - St. Martin de Porres School

      $1,399.80

      Science and Math in the Garden
      Students will participate in a gardening program designed to teach both science and math skills. 5th grade students will team with kindergartens to teach and learn about plant growth and reproduction through the care of flower and vegetable plants in a greenhouse. Students will learn the health and nutritional qualities of the plants they grow, and the effects of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers on vegetables. Students will practice math skills as they maintain a budget for the gardening program.  Future expansion of the program will include composting of kitchen waste materials to teach about ecology.

      Maribel Pregnal - Arlington High School

      $2,000

      Students Pedal Their Way to a Greater Future
      Biology and research students will be creating electricity using their very own muscles and nearly endless supply of energy, to pedal an exercise bicycle that can create electricity to power other electrical appliances. They will also harness their energy and store it in a battery for future use. This demonstration mimics the concepts learned in biology classes about the conversion of food to Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) via cellular respiration, powering muscles to create mechanical energy. The concept is taken a step further when students use this mechanical, muscular energy to create electrical energy through a generator attached to an exercise bike.

      Mark Ouimet - Arlington High School

      $1,800

      High School Students Teaching Science
      Teaching Science is for high school students who may want to become teachers. This class gives them an opportunity to learn how a classroom works from a teacher's perspective, educational theories, how to write lesson plans, and most importantly, gives many opportunities to teach science lessons.

      Nathan Bowles - Franklin D. Roosevelt High School

      $910

      Writing in 2012: Redefining Instruction through Technology
      This project will bridge students' differences in abilities by embracing available technologies. Through the use of an online classroom via the virtual learning environment, “Moodle”, there has been efficient, effective, and discreet instruction through private journal responses, student choice polls, and discussion forums. There is even opportunity to interact with students through a school-wide Google Docs community. There has been phenomenal improvement in student motivation and communication as a result of the utilization of these technologies.  The ultimate goal is to use technology to completely restructure the instructional approach, modeling lectures after the Khan Academy's design. With a laptop and microphone, a Smart Board will record material for students to access "for homework", while class time can be utilized by students to write and be coached individually.   

      Valerie Foster-Adam - The Randolph School

      $1,625

      Building and Architecture and Hudson Valley Brickworks
      Brick making provides an avenue for the study of local history and ecology for third, fourth and fifth grade students. This project will include a visit local to brickwork manufacturers, photography of local brick buildings and other brick-based constructions, and ultimately the design and construction of model brick buildings. They will be assigned a "construction budget" and a challenging "customer" for their buildings, which will be inspired by the local architecture we have viewed.  Prior to engaging in the construction of models, students will have an opportunity to explore the properties of the building materials and to create structures that will introduce building principles. Students will record the process, and eventually produce a book about their experience and how it relates to the local brick making history.

      William A. Yager, Jr. - Millbrook Middle School

      $2,000 

      The Junior Engineer Workshop
      Sixth grade students will become "junior engineers" as they devise and fabricate solutions to solve various problems. As part of a culminating activity to units on design, energy transfer, simple and complex machines, the class will work in cooperative design teams to collaborate and exchange ideas, fashion a workable plan, create a solution, test, re-evaluate, improve upon to compete against other organized design teams. Using Lego Mindstorms, cooperative teams will encounter numerous engineering challenges by constructing and programming mechanisms to complete various tasks. All students will manipulate the Lego construction pieces, various adaptable sensors and programmable equipment to analyze their fabrications and test their success in each challenge. 
    • 2011 Grant Recipients 

      Barbara A. Rizzolo and Sandra Kane Chancellor - Livingston School

      $683.95

      Linking Lives
      The music teacher and a third grade teacher will collaborate to extend a Folk Heritage Residency and bring it to senior citizens in the community. Students will read Patricia Polacco's The Keeping Quilt and American Quilt Making: Stories in Cloth by Ann Stalcup. They will visit an area senior citizen center to interview seniors about their background. Following the interviewing process, the students will sing folk heritage songs with the seniors. Students will use the information gathered to make a quilt square reflective of their senior. The culminating activity will be a visit by the students to present the quilt to the seniors and perform the dances and songs learned. Each student will explain to the group what their square represents and tell something about the person they interviewed.

      Christine Allen and Chrisanne Solecky - Gayhead Elementary School

      $150

      Bully Prevention Puppets
      As many know, bullying has become quite the concern, due to the lack of tolerance and understanding of differing lifestyles. Puppets will be purchased to implement the strategies offered and encouraged by the school, such as, talking it out, ignoring it, telling them to stop, walking away, saying sorry, and taking turns. Through relatable puppet shows ways to handle bullying through the puppet's "eyes", will be offered to the students and will undoubtedly seem much less threatening and intimidating. Shows will be done twice a year.

      David Larson - The Randolph School

      $730

      Gardens and Harvest
      To expand the school’s diversified garden, tools to make cultivation easier and to improve gardening practice: a garden cart, a compost enclosure, and hand tools that are comfortable in small hands, will be purchased. Pumpkins, corn, okra, and sunflower seeds, all heritage varieties have been collected and over-wintered, and will be planted directly in the soil in May to be used in November to serve a "Harvest Feast" to the entire school.

      Elyse Joy and Karin McGuire - Orville A. Todd Middle School

      $1,720

      C.L.A.S.S.
      Funds to continue the C.L.A.S.S. - Community Leaders And Student Support program started last year through a similar grant. This program is designed to train a group of students to lead professional development technology workshops for teachers, technology support for students, and free community workshops for local residents. Workshops will include Microsoft Office help, Google tools, digital cameras, scanners and document cameras, Smartboard tools, digital stories, webpage design and Comic Life software.

      Fonda Muhammad - Van Wyck Junior High School

      $2,000

      Writers by Choice Club: To Improve Student Writing Literacy
      Grant will be used to fund the Writers by Choice Club, a teen writing club established to improve student writing literacy. The club consists of 26 students: 19 less able writers and seven proficient writers, who are known as peer leaders. Students are split into two main groups and are then broken down into three smaller groups. Each group has a designated peer leader and participates in collaborative writing and blog casting, encompassing four major writing genres: poetry, commercials, digital journal writing, and graphic novels.

      Gwen Saylor and Adrienne DeMare - Arlington High School

      $1,900

      Eel-tastic Science Experiment
      Students from Marine Biology, Science Research, AP Biology and the Marine Bio club will participate in the Eel Research project which seeks to discover the cause of a global population decline in eel species around the world. Research students will deliver related outreach programs for younger students using the juvenile American Eel as a lens to promote understanding of the natural history of the eel, the Hudson River estuary, the interconnectedness of species within the ecosystem. The focal point of the peer tutoring lessons is the Hudson River touch tank, which allows elementary students to interact first hand with the inhabitants of Hudson River and its tributaries. The tank will reside in the high school K-8 room which is dedicated to providing opportunities for peer tutoring in science between high school and elementary students. Approximately 300 K-12 students will participate.

      John Roccanova - Webutuck Jr./Sr. High School

      $1,899.98

      Carving Out A Future
      Students enjoy using traditional woodworking tools and techniques in middle school Technology classes. Those who take the elective high school classes work individually and in groups to research, design and build wood items using hand and power tools. To extend the capabilities in the shop and to show "real world" applications of computers in industry, a CarveWright will be purchased. This is a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine that can cut, carve, drill and route wood and other materials and will be used by high school students for individual projects in the Materials Processing class and by groups of students working on cooperative projects in the Production Systems class. Students will also prepare demonstrations of their work on the CarveWright for middle school classes. Supplemental activities will include a field trip to a local manufacturer that uses CNC equipment, composing a booklet of student work and having a video produced by our school's MSG Varsity students.

      Kenneth Hoover - G.W. Krieger Elementary School

      $899.54

      Elementary Ecology Stewards Project
      Educators from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies will be collaborating with the fifth grade elementary school students to develop a pilot afterschool program called the Ecology Stewards Project. The purpose of this project is to educate students on some basic ecology of the Hudson River and engage them in making a positive difference for the health of the river. We will also focus on the fact that their community both gets its drinking water and returns its wastewater to the Hudson River. During afterschool meetings, there will be in depth instruction on the ecology of the Hudson River and the concepts of a watershed. This project will also include building and decorating rain barrels, stenciling storm drains in the school neighborhood, visiting the Hudson River and seining, and creating artwork about the river to be displayed in and around the school. Students will also become peer educators and teach lessons about the water cycle and water quality to the third grade classes in the school.

      Lisa Slagle - Dutchess County BOCES

      $449.98

      Video Role Plays as Instructional Strategy
      To improve social communication skills in special needs high school students ages 16-21, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a small recordable camera will be purchased to provide a means for which the students can view themselves and others in social interactions. Research shows videotaping ASD students is an effective way to teach, and remediate behavioral learning to improve the social communication skills of the students. The recording will then be viewed by the class and discussed.

      Maribel M. Pregnall - Arlington High School

      $1,990.50

      Road Salt Monitoring Project In Our Community
      Students in 11th and 12th grade Marine Biology, Advanced Placement Biology and Science Research classes will test for the presence of road salt (sodium chloride) in neighborhoods and school streams. Students will be part of a long-term, year-round monitoring project that will assess the quantity of road salt that is spread onto the roads and is leaching into the groundwater and surface waters throughout the community. Students will become an “army of citizen scientists” measuring a variable, road salt, which is lurking in the community and threatening the health of the environment, vehicles and water resources. They will link to scientific institutes and to on-line water monitoring systems in the community to compare their data and to analyze and discuss their findings with local experts from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service. The high school students will teach elementary students about the pros and cons of road salt.

      Susan Guerrette, Paul Rubeo and Aileen Basuljevic - Van Wyck Junior High School

      $1,980

      Puppetry & Folk Tales in Other Cultures
      Puppets and Folk Tales is an inter-disciplinary project involving the entire sixth grade school community. Through a series of activities, students engage in a multi-cultural exploration of folk tales and puppetry. The process begins with the study of Asian countries. It continues with a "read aloud" by the library media specialist. In art class they prepare materials for a session that takes place as a one hour video conference with the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA). During the conference students assemble puppets. Using the background knowledge obtained through previous activities students create original digital stories using various technology resources. This grant will provide funds to cover technology resources, video conference fees and other craft materials.
    • 2010 Grant Recipients 

      Anita Estes - Charles B. Warring Academy

      $2,000

      “Exploring Cultures Using Kiln Fired Projects”
      Students in third through fifth grade will make kiln-fired clay objects to aide them in understanding their own heritage and other cultures which they are learning about in class. These would include Native and Colonial Americans, Africans, Japanese and Spanish speaking cultures, which are all part of the social studies curriculum. Funds would be used for installation and venting, and to buy clay supplies.

      Barbara A. Rizzolo and Sandra Kane - Chancellor Livingston School

      $1,000

      “Drumming Through the Generations”
      A music teacher will collaborate with a third grade classroom teacher to create an inter-generational experience involving music, research, and writing. The students will begin the school year learning about the continent of Africa and its location. They will also begin a musical journey of ethnic rhythm and song as well as learning about cultural heritages from the African continent. They will experience singing African songs and, in a drum circle, playing rhythms commonly found in African and other world music. Students will visit a local senior residential facility to share their knowledge of Africa as well as the songs and dances they have learned and present books they have written about this experience.

      Colleen A. Drummond - Hagan Elementary School

      $1,500

      “WikiCam”
      4th and 5th grade students will use a collaborative wiki tool to plan a project with their classmates and then videoconference with students around the country and the world to share their wiki and teach their newly acquired knowledge. In turn, the partnering class would share their wiki about a specific topic.

      Elyse Joy - Orville A. Todd Middle School

      $1,520

      “C.L.A.S.S.”
      This project will provide our school community with C.L.A.S.S. - Community Leaders And Student Support. The program will be designed to train a group of students to lead professional development technology workshops for teachers, technology support for students, and free community workshops for local residents. Workshops will include Microsoft Office help, Google tools, digital cameras, scanners and document cameras, Smartboard tools, digital stories, webpage design and Comic Life software.

      Jeanne P. Dolamore - W. W. Smith Humanities Magnet School

      $1,000

      “The Soup, Song, & Service Project”
      The Soup, Song and Service Project is 3 projects developed in collaboration between an elementary school music ensemble and three partnering community service organizations who strive to link schools with farm, food and community. The Farm Project will include a visit and informational tour of a local farm, where students will meet the farmers and learn first hand about farming, food sources and food justice. The Farmers Market Project will include an educational visit and music performance at a local farmers market that sells food harvested through the farm visited. The Soup Kitchen Outreach Project will include a community service visit and music performance for a local soup kitchen-community lunch program.

      Jonathan A. Pickles and Chris Malet - Union Vale Middle School

      $1,500

      “Canterbury Tales Puppet Theater”
      Students will perform an interdisciplinary shadow puppet unit on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The interdisciplinary unit will be a collaborative effort on the part of all team core-curriculum teachers. The social studies teacher will develop a unit on the historical period, the science teacher will explore period specific technology, the math teacher will teach period specific math concepts, and the English and Reading teacher will help the students develop grade level appropriate scripts for the performance. They will also be taught Old and Middle English literature, including Arthurian legends. All of this serves the purpose of immersing the students in Chaucer's world and challenging the teachers to develop interdisciplinary, team teaching skills and strategies. The shadow puppet performance will be the culminating team activity.

      Karen Minervini-Whelan - Roy C. Ketcham High School

      2010 Excellence in Teaching Global Studies and World Affairs Award
      This award is given to a high school teacher in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam or Ulster counties who strives toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment in teaching Global Studies and World Affairs.

      Katherine Younger - Chancellor Livingston School

      $480

      “Celebrating Oral Histories with Nursing Home”
      This activity would partner a fifth grade inclusion class with local nursing home residents and retirees in the community to record and celebrate oral histories. Students would take two trips to a local nursing home; the first to read stories to the residents and interview them so they can write an oral history about the interviewee; the second to read the oral histories they wrote and present them to the residents they had interviewed. Students will then invite local retirees into their classroom and interview them, recording stories about their lives. Collaborating with community artists and volunteers, the students would write a screen play incorporating the stories they learned. The culminating activity would be a performance incorporating scenes from the stories, celebrating the lives of the community members who participated in the interviews.

      Katherine Younger, Tom Blass and Scott Stiverson - Chancellor Livingston School

      $780

      “Wetland Data Collection of Biodiversity”
      This is a collaborative interdisciplinary activity which includes a fourth grade inclusion class and a fifth grade inclusion class. Both classes currently study a grade level-specific unit devoted to ecosystems. This activity involves the creation of a scientific observatory station, designed to provide both classes with data about the biodiversity of animal and plant life found in the wetlands located on the edge of the school property.

      LaGrange Fire District

      $2,300

      Purchase of three Automated External Defibrillators for installation in their three fire stations.

      Linda Olivo - Regina Coeli School

      $486.05

      “Japanese Story Telling (Kamishibai)”
      In Japan, from the 1930's to the 1950's before the popularity of television, kamishibai men would travel to towns to tell stories. They would use wooden clappers to call the children and then present the stories from storyboards in a "paper theater". Kamishibai stories and accessories will be purchased to enrich the K-5 story time. The stories will become a part of the library curriculum and be used to expose students to a different style of storytelling. The Kamishibai method will also be used in literacy classes to create or adapt stories of our own to share with the school community during story hours.

      Margaret Buckland - G. W. Krieger Elementary School,

      $2,000

      “Digital Autobiography Project”
      This project is intended for moderately disabled special education students that range in age from 9-11. Students will create a digital autobiography using an Apple computer equipped with iMovie and Final Cut Express. At the end of this project students will be able to produce a DVD that is an autobiographical movie of their life thus far. Parents will be invited into school for a "Movie Afternoon," to view all of the students projects.

      Maribel M. Pregnall - Arlington High School

      $2,000

      “Students Collaborate To Save a Species”
      Next year students will take a lead role in the conservation efforts of a New York state threatened species, the Blanding's turtle, an animal that lives on our school campus. They will track the movements of turtles using radio telemetry and map their distribution patterns on campus. Students will track turtles every month to get a better idea of their movements and their habitat ranges. This data will be added to an ongoing collection of data that a local environmental consulting firm started, but discontinued due to lack of funding.

      Mary Hoey - Brewster High School

      2010 Excellence in Teaching Global Studies and World Affairs Award
      This award is given to a high school teacher in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam or Ulster counties who strives toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment in teaching Global Studies and World Affairs.

      PARC

      $1,700

      PARC operates 23 group residential homes serving 134 individuals with disabilities throughout Putnam County, ranging from semi-independent to 24-hour supervision. This grant will enable them to purchase AED kits and to provide CPR and AED training to staff at three of PARC’s residential homes.

      Pawling Fire Department

      $5,000

      Purchase of emergency response equipment including a Carbon Monoxide monitor, AED Battery and pads, and cooling/warming equipment. This equipment will help ensure firefighter and resident safety and increase emergency medical care when the primary ambulance is on a call.

      Saint Francis Health Care Foundation

      $3,900

      Funds from this grant will help purchase 2 items to be distributed to health-care professionals at continuing educational seminars and the annual trauma conference. The first, high-quality trauma shears are used to cut clothing, seat belts, rope and thin metal and are among the most-used and critical pieces of equipment in a first-responder’s arsenal. The second are pocket pharmacopoeias (drug reference booklets) to aid emergency medical responders when treating patients.

      Tracy K. Gartelmann, Catherine Kelly and Harrison Barritt - Dutchess BOCES Career & Technical Institute

      $733.95

      “Career Literacy/Workforce Competency Project”
      Career literacy is the focus of two extensive units of instruction for students in their junior and senior years. Internships and job shadowing experiences offer students the opportunity to enter and experience the world of work, but preparing students to effectively listen, speak, solve problems, communicate and interact with professionals of all ages when they take part in these field experiences is often challenging. Two excellent resources, Stephen Lundin’s "FISH Philosophy" workplace/school training package and Bob Farrell's "Give 'Em The Pickle" training package will be purchased. These resources provide a framework for creating learning experiences focusing on teamwork, customer service, positive business and interpersonal relationships and the power of personal choice in developing a successful work ethic. These training packages will be used to develop lessons and activities for students who will create a wiki to publish their work, collaborate and share their learning across trade/content areas.
    Taconic IPA Science Education Grants
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Brent Boscarino - Poughkeepsie Day School

      $899

      Underwater ROV for use in aquatic science work
      An underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) will be purchased to enhance understanding of animal behavior and distribution in aquatic systems. ROVs provide a high level of maneuverability and precision that classic SCUBA and net sampling technologies cannot provide. The ROV can be modified to suit specific project needs, so students will be able to manipulate and modify the ROV according to the task at hand including monitoring fish behavior and net avoidance during the sampling season on the Fall Kill as part of the NYS DEC eel monitoring and conservation program; using it for early detection and prevention initiatives involving the invasive aquatic invertebrate, the bloody red shrimp (BRS) in the Finger Lakes and Hudson River watersheds; and enabling the distribution of live video feeds from the trout tank for data analysis and observation of tank behaviors as part of the Trout in the Classroom program.

      Christine Gillette - Eugene Brooks Intermediate School & Webutuck High School

      $499.80

      Cell Phone Camera Adapter Mounts for Microscopes
      Gosky Universal Cell Phone Adapter Mounts for Microscopes will be purchased for the classroom that will allow students to capture a picture or video of the microscopic world with their cell phones. These microscopic images and videos will then be shared on the SmartBoard through projects, shared with parents, and shared on the website. 

      Christine Pizer - Poughkeepsie High School

      $990.04

      How Clean is My Valley?
      The funds will purchase a model of how water moves through the ground which will help students visualize what is happening below the soil surface. It comes with various dyes that demonstrate how contaminates flow along with our water and how easily, or not, they dissipate. It also demonstrates the different structures of water storage. A model of a water treatment system will be purchased which will allow a closer look at how contaminates are removed to make it safe for human consumption. This equipment will be used to discuss water and soil quality as it relates to pollution, resiliency and sustainability. It will be used to demonstrate how water filtration works and then extend the investigation into the local environment by looking at soil composition and the local infrastructure of our sewers and waste disposal systems. A follow up unit on the specifics of the Hudson Valley will require students to make connections between clean water and the overall health of the Hudson River and therefore its populations both human and non-human.

      Dan Weiser - Hudson Valley Sudbury School

      $972

      Investigating the Hudson River Watershed
      The Vernier “LabQuest 2,” a stand-alone interface used to collect sensor data with a built-in graphing and analysis application with wireless connectivity and the digital microscope, colorimeter, temperature probe and turbidity sensor purchased with this grant will offer students the opportunity to initiate their own investigations into the water quality and issues of the region, such as exploring the effects of runoff from local farms or testing for enteros in the upper, middle, and lower Hudson. The HVSS campus includes over 50 acres of woods and water and is adjacent to Onteora Lake, minutes away from the Ashokan Reservoir, and a few miles from the Esopus and Rondout Creeks, and the Hudson River.

      Grace Johnston - Kingston High School

      $740.53

      Spectral Fingerprints of the Elements
      The grant will be used to purchase a diffraction grating spectrometer and a spectrum tube power supply. Both chemistry and physics students will learn that each element has its own characteristic fingerprints which can be identified in an absorption or an emission spectrum. Spectrum tubes with different elements, such as hydrogen, helium, argon, mercury, nitrogen, etc., can be discharged with the spectrum tube power supply. The emission lines of each element can be analyzed with the diffraction grating spectrometer. From the unique spectrum produced by each element, chemistry students can see how the electrons jump from a higher energy level to a lower energy level within an atom and release energy as light. The purchased diffraction grating spectrometer has sufficient resolution so that physics students can carefully measure the emission wavelengths of hydrogen and mercury atoms.

      Gwen Saylor - Arlington High School

      $865

      Super "Cool" Science Demo
      In order to demonstrate electricity and magnetism, the funds will be used to purchase materials to demonstrate quantum locking which involves cooling a superconductor with liquid nitrogen and levitating it over super strong NdFeB magnets. The quantum levitation starter kit consists of 300 magnets attached to a flexible steel track which allows a super cooled superconductor to move over the track without friction. A smaller handheld levitator demonstrates quantum locking and spinning on a smaller more interactive scale. The students will investigate the nature of magnets, the relationship between temperature and resistance and the nature of superconductors.

      Jacob Lawrence - Arlington High School

      $669.96

      "Daylighting" Schools with Student Measurements
      Funds will purchase three Extech light meters in order to implement a new, student-led "daylighting" project for the school. The students will use heavy-duty light meters to map out the "lighting footprint" of the school during varying daylight and sky conditions. Using computer software they will create a data set that will allow them to analyze which portions of the building could have the lighting levels changed and bring that to the school's Maintenance Supervisor. The project will be expanded to other school buildings in the school district.

      Maribel Pregnall - Arlington High School

      $1,217

      The Admiral Aquaponic Ambassador Program
      Funds will purchase scientific monitoring equipment and starter fish and herbs for the Aquaponics program. In the fall, the engineering, biology and culinary classes will team up to design and build a system where they grow their own Tilapia fish and herbs in a self-sustaining ecosystem. The 2,000 or more elementary students that travel to the high school will be involved in observing the fish and taking their own measurements.

      Nancy Rypkema - Valley Central Middle School

      $1,918

      Probeware for Ecosystem and Studies
      The purchase of Pasco probeware which includes carbon dioxide and oxygen sensors as well as the wireless connections for each, will allow students to collect data electronically to conduct experiments to mimic the natural world and the impact humans are having on ecosystems by setting up experiments and monitoring the gas levels. Students will be able to monitor how photosynthesis changes the gas levels in a container and how climate change can also impact real time data. The probeware will be used for both long and short term collection activities and will show students how scientists can monitor data over extended periods.

      Nicholas Malgieri - Wallkill High School

      $982.26

      Forensic Fund
      Funds will be used to purchase equipment for conducting gel electrophoresis tests and examining skeletal models as part of the Forensics class. Students will be able to perform gel electrophoresis tests which will give them a real-life, hands-on scientific experience that will engage them in the process of science and better prepare them for genetics in college and a possible career in the future. It will promote problem solving skills and critical thinking as students will analyze their results to determine which suspect committed the crime. The comparative human bone set purchased will bring the crime scene to life as students will analyze skeletal remains to determine the victim's gender, probable height, and weight. 

      Richard Ronzoni - Warwick Valley Middle School

      $988

      Growing "S" in STEM at Warwick
      The funds will be used to purchase glassware and a digital microscope which will allow eighth-grade students to use the equipment in earth science classes and will also allow seventh graders to test and analyze evidence to solve medical mysteries about the human body as part of the "Medical Detectives" unit created by Project Lead the Way, a non-profit national provider of K-12 STEM curriculum.

      Samantha Rocario - Abilities First School

      $434

      Life Through a Lens
      Funds will purchase four Monocular Compound Microscopes and a Digital Microscope Camera that will be used in science lessons exploring everything from nature and the animal world to acids and bases and bridges. The camera will be tied into the classroom Smartboard to enlarge specimens.
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Christine L. Pizer - Poughkeepsie High School

      $998.15

      Students of Sustainability
      The creation of a Dream Home will infuse creativity and mathematics into future aspirations, therefore creating instant student motivation and curiosity. Students will then engage in different sustainable technologies by first investigating them, then employing them in their models. They will invest in these technologies both educationally and through a simulated budget process.  Once the homes have been constructed and experimentation with the electrical processes and green building has been explored, we will look into local companies and their products. The students will observe how science and the local economy fuse. They may see potential employers and a vision for the future as they construct a sustainable mentality and new inspiration.

      Cindy Binnie - Arlington High School

      $1,126

      Advanced Chemistry Sensors
      Precision data collection in a laboratory setting is absolutely essential to students' success in Chemistry classes.  Chemistry is the study of the composition and behavior of matter.  The students' ability to observe and collect quantitative data about chemical changes is critical to their understanding of the central concept of the course.

      Dana Intravaia - Valley Central Middle School

      $2,822

      Biology Dissection Grant
      The specimens, brains and eyes will give the students a better understanding of the nervous system. The students will actually be able to cut the eyes and brains in order to examine the anatomy and physiology of the organs that aid in our senses. The fetal pig brains are not fully developed yet and are still soft. The fetal pig eyes are so small that you cannot really look at the different parts. Being able to refer to the parts of the eye and the brain that they physically held and opened with their hands would be so much more motivational than showing them a picture or a video.

      Elyse Joy - Orville A. Todd Middle School

      $496

      Do you see what I see?
      With the dawn of the digital technology era and social media, schools need to find better ways to engage students and prepare them for career readiness.  Traditional compound microscopes serve an important function in our schools, but they are limited in their use. With the digital microscopes purchased through this grant, students will be able to capture images and video of specimens viewed in class and transfer them directly from the eye tube to YouTube or share them on Google Drive.  Middle school students will use the microscopes to study bacteria, cells, and live protozoa.  They will also use them to compare healthy cells to cancerous cells, and insects to arachnids.  By placing images and video on the web, students will have 24 hour access to their research and work and be able to share data collaboratively on the web.

      Erin M. Nelson - M. Clifford Miller Middle School

      $1,500

      Laboratory Probeware
      Students will use the probeware provided by this grant to construct lab reports, analyze real-time data, draw conclusions, develop hypotheses, and become high school, college and career ready.  They will develop skills that will help them both inside and outside the classroom. Students will acquire real-life accurate data and graph, manipulate, and relate to it in multiple formats.  Lessons will align with Common Core Literacy, Next Generation Science and NYS Intermediate Science Standards.

      Grace Johnston - Kingston High School

      $652.99

      Let There Be Light
      This grant will provide dual color green and red laser pointers and a refraction block, as well as dynamics track optics carriages and lens holders to benefit many science students.  Optics carriages allow us to easily convert the dynamics tracks in our physics lab into steady optical benches.  Powerful laser pointers will allow physics students to study various properties of light.  A laser pointer can also be used in chemistry class to demonstrate the differences among a solution, colloid, and suspension.   Additionally laser pointers can be used in forensic class to determine the thickness of a hair, indices of refraction of different types of glass, and the trajectory of a bullet.

      Gwen E. Saylor - Arlington High School

      $1,100

      Predictable Projectiles
      Access to predictable and repeatable equipment for experimentation allows students to learn through inquiry and discovery. The launchers allow students to accurately alter multiple variables in a controlled way which leads to a discovery of a pattern.  Students can then verify the discovery through predicting the effect of altering a variable and testing.  This equipment will be a first step toward realizing the Next Generation Science Standards which emphasize the process of inquiry, cross-cutting concepts such as establishing patterns and establishing strong understanding of the core concepts in science.

      Lisa Reece - Warwick Valley High School

      $945

      Tracking the Spread of Disease
      Infectious diseases continue to be a major cause of human suffering and death, both in the U.S. and around the world. Immunology is the study of how the body protects itself against foreign, potentially disease-causing microorganisms. Our immune systems function to recognize intruders and to respond appropriately in a way that protects the body. We produce molecules called antibodies that recognize intruder molecules with incredible specificity. Like magic bullets, antibodies locate and attach themselves to their targets. Students must grasp that by attaching to the invading foreign entities, antibodies make the invaders recognizable to other cells so that they can be destroyed. The goal is for students to realize that learning about the immune system, particularly about antigen-antibody interactions and the unique properties of antibodies have become vital high-tech tools that have revolutionized modern medicine.

      Lisa Reece - Warwick Valley High School

      $620

      Analyzing Ecosystems with Owl Pellets
      The study of ecosystems is a core part of biological science. Within ecosystems, complex interactions exist between organisms and the physical environment.  Anything that impacts one aspect of the ecosystem will, in turn, impact others.  Humans are a key species in almost all ecosystems on the planet. We interact with our environment in a myriad of ways, often without thought to the consequences.  Unfortunately, we often do things that result in disrupting an ecosystem, and even though these actions may seem small, they can have large effects.  In this interactive activity, freshman biology students will recognize the importance of studying ecosystems and investigate how they work.
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      Christine Pizer - Poughkeepsie High School

      $840

      Greenhouses for Budding Minds
      Students will have the opportunity to perform a number of activities using the new greenhouses, seeds, pots and grow lights. They will learn how to monitor and collect data as they plant, water, feed and wait for seeds to grow.  Upon reaching maturity, will design their own experiments with the plants, collect appropriate data and share their finding through presentations. Several species of flowers have been selected so the mature plants can be shared both with family members and/or the beautification projects that surround the High School Graduation program each year.

      Edith Rivera - Dutchess County BOCES

      $1,290

      BOCES Alternative High School
      Students participating in the Intensive Day Treatment transition program will benefit from this grant for science lab kits. Students with added needs for mental, emotional and academic support are usually considerably behind in their academics and require some quick catching up.  The grant will begin to fill the gap in the supplies and equipment required to complete lab work, and greatly improve the opportunities for learning. 

      Elyse Joy - Orville A Todd Middle School

      $680

      It's A Wonderful Life
      In the face of developing technology many students have lost touch with the very foundation of nature and the cycles within it.   Through building worm beds, feeding class turtles and creating natural filters through plants, It's a Wonderful Life, will provide students with an opportunity to see these cycles in process and to have a direct impact on an ecosystem. By allowing students to be active participants in every stage of the food web, they will learn hands on how delicate the balance is.

      Elyse Joy - Orville A Todd Middle School

      $980

      Let’s Argue
      Funds will be used to purchase equipment for 7th and 8th grade science students to gather data and engage in evidence-based arguments. Physical and life science topics covered will include biofuels, pollution, batteries, buoyancy, motors, viruses, and engineering. Learning how to conduct experiments, analyze and utilize data to defend their arguments are skill which students can use in science and in any subject area in their future. 

      Grace Johnston - John A. Coleman Catholic High School

      $380

      Safety Shield for Scientific Demonstrations
      A safety shield will be purchased to benefit all high school science students. As some experiments performed in front of students are potentially dangerous, the safety shield will ensure any fragments from an explosion or chemical splash will be contained.  Scientific demonstrations are educational and are often entertaining, and will ultimately enhance
      students' learning.  

      Gwen Saylor - Arlington High School

      $1,100

      Investigating Motion and Forces
      The purchase of motion detectors, force meters and accessories will make a series of computer aided lab investigations of forces and motion more accessible to physics students.  Students will be able to investigate displacement, velocity, acceleration and force with ease. The equipment will be used across the physics curriculum as part of class demonstration and as part of a four different hands on lab investigations, creating a direct line between curiosity and discovery. 

      Jacob Lawrence - Arlington High School

      $945

      School Weather Station
      The purchase of a weather station and Weather Link IP will be used to record and transmit weather information from the roof of the school, into classrooms and onto an internet weather web site. Students will engage in a year-long study of weather using the more accurate, local data. Additionally, students with a strong interest in weather will be able to work directly with the Television Productions class to write and report the school's weekly TV weather updates. 

      Lisa Reece - Warwick Valley High School

      $915

      Investigating with pH
      The purchase of pH meters and electrode racks will provide students the tools to grasp how reactions can form acids or bases, as well as what effect that has on pH. Aligned to national standards, exciting inquiry-based lessons will address key areas of life and physical science, and technology/innovation using common materials found in the classroom and household. Students will be able to make real world connections in their study of pH and bring to life a topic that for far too long has lived only on the pages of textbooks.

      Maribel Pregnall - Arlington High School

      $1,450

      New Lights:  A Brighter Future for Students
      A new state of the art LED lighting system will be purchased for the marine aquarium that has been maintained in the classroom for over 18 years.  Sufficient lighting is vital for growing healthy coral and other photosynthetic organisms in an aquarium and will allow the students to continue to care for, measure and observe a healthy classroom marine ecosystem. As the Marine aquarium room is a shared resource in the school, nearly 400 high school students, and over 900 elementary school students will visit the aquarium over the next year.

      Miriam Straus - Oakwood Friend's School

      $720

      Creating a Season Extended Sustainable Garden
      Equipment to create a season extended vegetable garden will allow upper school students to sow, grow and harvest for two seasons during the school year.  As students are learning about sustainable agriculture, environmental and biological processes, the garden provides a practical and hands-on "classroom" to learn about these concepts in a more authentic setting. The garden will not only be created by the students, they will also learn about the food system, human health and plant and soil biology. The garden will be used in this course to not only learn how to grow, harvest and donate vegetables to the local lunch box, but also learn the health benefits of eating fresh and organically grown food. 

      Sheryl Hawks - Beacon High School

      $880

      Solar and Wind Energy
      Lego Renewable Energy Activity Packs and motorized bases will aid physics students in studying renewable energy in the classroom. The solar panels and wind turbines will be connected to a device that shows how much energy is produced. Students will have an opportunity to write their own programs, record data and study the data produced. It will help students to see the connection between solar energy, wind energy and electricity.
    • 2013 Grant Recipients 

      Christine Pizer - Poughkeepsie High School

      $400

      Recharging Technology Based Instruction
      The Quiz Bowl remote response buzzer system allows teachers to create customized games that foster a creative and competitive environment in the classroom. The system reinforces lessons, provides review prior to tests and quizzes, and is completely customizable. Students participate by responding to teacher and student generated questions with buzzers. This represents a more engaging method for student review. The system can be adapted for any subject and may be used by the 1,200+ students in the school.

      Cindy Binnie - Arlington High School

      $900

      Digital Scales for Chemistry Lab
      Precision balances, which are essential to students’ success in Chemistry class, will be purchased. Experiencing mass measurement using the appropriate metric units is critical to understanding the central concept of the course. Hands-on operation of electronic balances offers a visual and tactile modality to supplement teacher-directed instruction in these various units in our chemistry curriculum.

      Debra Neumann - Roundout Valley Central School District

      $1,000

      Microscopic Explorations: Tools to Enhance Learning
      A digital stereo microscope will be purchased, which will enhance the learning experiences for at least 775 students per year. The microscope magnifies whole samples without using slides. Its ability to connect to a digital projector and computer will allow groups to engage in ‘real-time’ exploration and discussion of a specimen; it will also allow teachers to save images and videos for students to access electronically outside of class.

      Erin Nagel - Marlboro Middle School

      $1,000

      Green City Challenge
      Lego Mindstorms Basic Starter Kits along with a Green City Challenge Kit will be purchased to create an after school enrichment program for students to explore the world of robotics and programming. The program will guide students from simple to more advanced programming skills as they design, build and program robots. They will be challenged to apply their programming and problem-solving skills by making their robots solve real-world engineering challenges related to renewable energy.

      Grace Johnson - John A. Coleman Catholic High School

      $1,000

      Modern Technology in Scientific Measurements
      A physics workshop system will be purchased to benefit all science and math students in the school. Currently, students are gathering, graphing and analyzing data by hand. With the new system students will be able to make more precise measurements and better understand motion, forces, energy and Newton’s laws.

      Greg Farris - Poughkeepsie Middle School

      $1,000

      Equipment for Physical Sciences Investigations
      Various kits and basic equipment will be purchased to enable inquiry-based, hands on student investigations into various aspects of the physical sciences. The goal is to raise the analytical and critical thinking skills of our students, to challenge them with greater complexity and rigor with the use of appropriate science and laboratory equipment.

      Gwen Saylor - Arlington High School

      $1,000

      Science at Your Fingertips
      Various sensors will be purchased to enable students in Regents Physics, AP Biology and Science Research to measure the invisible with the tips of their fingers. In a typical high school laboratory investigation, students model the paths of discovery taken by others and they then apply that experience to what they are told about the discoveries made by others. Many physics concepts and living systems function through processes that are invisible to the human eye but follow predictable patterns that can be discovered with the proper tools.

      Laurie Malin - Rombout Middle School

      $700

      Aquatic Ecology – a Sustainable System
      Tanks, a submersible pump, grow lights, plant grow media, red wigglers and more will be used to build a closed aquatic ecosystem. This set up can be used to teach many topics, including but not limited to, ecology, characteristics and needs of living things, microscopy, cells and sustainable agriculture. Students will be able to actively participate in all stages of development and maintenance of a complete ecosystem and study a sustainable form of agriculture that is available to everyone.

      Lisa Reece - Warwick Valley High School

      $600

      Metric Mania
      Triple beam balances and meter sticks will be purchased and used by more than 900 science students who will gain the hands-on experience necessary to understand metric measurement. In most of the world, the metric system reigns supreme; yet for the general populace in the United States and a couple of other countries, it is little practiced and largely ignored. This equipment will enable students to be on board with standardized measurements by giving them activities that emphasize the simplicity and importance of metrics. And their ability to practice metrics makes them have that much more in common with our fellow countries.

      Stephen Pemberton - South Middle School

      $700

      Field Learning with GPS
      With GPS, Global Positioning Systems, students are able to do field-based activities that focus on engagement during the learning process. Use of this tool will allow students to apply strategies for problem solving, collaborating, and communicating. When students use the GPS devices to explore, troubleshoot and find locations, they are provided a great opportunity for hands-on learning and an opportunity to experience how geography, science and math fit into their lives.

      Thomas Blon - Middletown High School

      $800

      Investigating Basic Biophysical Aspects of Concussions
      There has been growing concern recently on the acute and long-term effects of concussions, notably in sports. The purchase of human skull models, force sensors and accelerometers will enable secondary students the means to investigate the basic physics of collisions and the possible effects on human health.
    • 2012 Grant Recipients 

      Bruce Cobb and Amy Tuscanes - M. Clifford Miller Middle School

      $960

      Understanding Density
      Electronic compact scales and density block kits will be purchased to impact 400 students in sixth and eighth grade science classes. This equipment will allow sixth grade students to physically manipulate the density blocks and draw conclusions about their density and relationship to buoyancy. Eighth grade students will further explore density using this equipment, strengthening the skills learned in 6th grade and further exploring density through real world applications. Eighth grade students will be afforded the opportunity to not only help sixth grade students further their knowledge of this difficult subject, but will continue to strengthen their own knowledge, thus better preparing them for the 8th grade assessment.

      Chad Cianfrani, Jr. and Lacey Fredericks - Oakwood Friends School

      $1,025

      Robots Do the Teaching
      LEGO MindStorms Kits, motors, sensors and component circuitry materials will be purchased to impact 200 students of various grade levels. The supplies will be used both in the classroom and during weekend workshops. In the classroom setting the material will be used in a 9th grade Conceptual Physics course. In the 12th grade the material will be used in an advanced Robotics and Engineering Applications course. On weekends, the material will help maintain the free "Sunday Robots" program for local students in 2nd-5th grades. These types of supplies work on both ends of the academic spectrum, challenging and sparking young minds as well as ones preparing for rigorous college engineering curricula.

      Christine Pizer, and Mark Angevine - Poughkeepsie High School

      $935.45

      Teaching Tanks for Environmental Studies
      Six classes of Living Environment students will use these tanks during their Ecology unit in the beginning of the school year to study plant growth, the effects of sunlight, water, acidity, and pollution in regard to that growth. After the unit’s completion, three Environmental Science classes will have the opportunity to use these items for pollution, recycling, and ground water studies, as well as an exploratory unit where they will create their own experiments. Middle and Elementary School students in an afterschool program will check on the tanks monthly as they participate in a science program directed by the Living Environment teacher.

      Colette M. Alonge-Watz - Millbrook High School

      $457.86

      Meters for Millbrook
      Conductivity meters, pH meters, and electronic balances will be purchased to impact 400 high school science students. These devices will allow students to use alternative methods of examining substances in order to foster critical thinking, allowing Millbrook students to improve and develop the skills of property identification, so as to match those properties to appropriate functions.

      Jan Stark, Kasey Stankhunas and Mark Trotta - Port Jervis High School

      $755.70

      The Bio-Fuel Alternative
      A diesel lawnmower engine as well as other equipment will impact 150 Environmental Science, Chemistry and World of Technology students. While using the engineering and design process, students will learn the science of making bio-diesel in Chemistry class, as well as the environmental impact of a bio-fuel in Environmental science class, and its application in World of Technology class. The experience will round out the students' education, giving them an opportunity to learn things they would normally not have.

      Jason Pavlich, Tara Miller, and Deborah Beam - Red Hook High School

      $1,000

      Water Purification System
      A reverse osmosis water purification system with storage tank will provide 375 high school science students with a constant, reliable source of laboratory grade purified water. The quality of water used in the lab is vital for the success of the tests performed. In addition to improving the quantity and accuracy of all aqueous experiments conducted, this system will also allow them to open a large saltwater aquarium in a classroom. The aquarium will lead to increased student interest in marine ecosystems, and the eventual establishment of an oceanography club, responsible for the maintenance of the tank.

      Kenneth Kolwicz, Gregory Lisack, and Edward Sattler - Warwick Valley High School

      $1,071.19

      Aquatic Ecology – An Enhanced Continuum
      Over 525 students in high school science classes as well as K-8 students and community members will be impacted by this program. Plans includes the continued transformation of a eutrophic, nutrient-rich 3.62 acre pond into a fish-healthy, balanced eco-system that will become a permanent Environmental Education Center for all 5 schools in the District. Students will gain experience as primary researchers, analyzing data to understand the complexities of the pond, charting future research steps and proposing solutions to solve problems.

      Lisa Reece - Warwick Valley High School

      $1,000

      Fetal Pig Body Systems
      Dissection equipment, specimens and other equipment will be purchased so that 500 Living Environment Regents students, AP Biology students and Living Environment Honors students can participate in a fetal pig dissection, concluding the body systems unit. This important hands-on activity provides a chance for students to carry out investigations aside from what they learn in class. This experience with anatomy will help students learn about the internal structures of animals, how the tissues and organs are interrelated, and will give students an appreciation of the complexity of organisms.

      Maribell Pregnall - Arlington High School

      $1,500

      Solar Power for the Biodiesel Bus
      The solar educational kit will be used to teach 2000 students about solar energy, and will be installed in Arlington’s Biodiesel Bus. The bus will travel throughout the district teaching elementary students about renewable energy sources, while Physics students will learn how batteries work with solar photovoltaic modules, kilowatt-hours, solar amperage, and wattage. Earth science, Environmental and Going Green classes will learn about renewable energy sources and how they can be harnessed from the sun and utilized for practical purposes.  With the addition of the solar unit we will expand the buses repertoire of energy sources.

      Melanie C. Belgiovene - Valley Central High School

      $844.65

      Roller Coaster Physics
      A PSworks roller coaster track, photogate timer and support stand will be purchased to benefit 400 7th and 8th grade science students. This grant will allow students an opportunity participate in a cumulative project based on a unit taught on Physics. Through the use of photogate timers, students will learn the difference between accuracy and precision which will be accomplished by the students comparing their times with the photogate timer and without as well as the results other students arrive at. Students also will construct their own roller coaster, and then make comparisons to the standard roller coaster, and be able to compare how speed can be affected by materials used as well as the design.

      Veronica Dunham and Joshua Miller - Newburgh Free Academy

      $1,000

      pH and Dissolved Oxygen Meters/ Probes
      pH/temperature and dissolved oxygen meters with probes will be used in indoor and outdoor activities for 218 students enrolled in the Living Environment and Field Biology classes. Students will conduct independent research on the ecology of brook trout, comparing the water quality in an urban stream against the quality of a forest stream through field collection and laboratory analysis. Valid data from this research will be shared with the Orange County Water Authority, the local community and other students and teachers at other schools that are investigating their local streams through the Stroud Water Research Center data network.
    • 2011 Grant Recipients 

      Gregg A. Farris - Poughkeepsie Middle School

      $2,350

      Basic Laboratory Glassware
      Grant will be used to purchase standard laboratory glassware used during student laboratory activities and projects. Items include test tubes, funnels, beakers, Petri dishes and microscope slides/coverslips, to name a few. This equipment is essential to provide hands-on, inquiry based lab activities mandated by best practices in science education and the NYSED. Twelve hundred middle school students will benefit from the use of this equipment.

      Gwen Saylor, Jacob Lawrence and Lori Beer - Arlington High School

      $1,225

      Power of Wind Energy
      Wind energy is more than a promising technology for meeting a significant portion of our future energy requirements. Wind energy is also a fabulous hands-on way for students to understand the process of conversion between forms of energy. Wind acting on the blades of a wind turbine provides kinetic energy to the blades which gets transferred into electrical energy through the use of a small integrated generator. Through experimenting with various blade designs and arrangements, students will learn how to maximize the amount of electrical energy produced by the turbine. In the process of investigating the science behind an effective wind turbine, students will also explore the existing wind technologies and applications in the modern world. In addition to studying the physics behind the wind turbine students will use these turbines to introduce elementary students to the ideas of work, energy and power through peer tutoring. The wind turbine kits are a perfect curriculum addition as they provide an ideal blend of science content, engineering design and exposure to relevant to emerging technologies.

      Joann C. Dayton-Wolf, R. Dixon Onderdonk and Jane Franklin - Kingston High School

      $1.845

      Water Quality and Soil Testing Probes
      Funds will be used to purchase the PASCO Standard Biological Sensor bundle that includes CO2 and O2 sensors, a water quality sensor which monitors conductivity, DO, pH and temperature, a barometer/low pressure sensor, a weather anemometer and a photosynthesis tank. A soil moisture sensor and a soil water potential sensor will also be purchased, as well as the Spark Science Learning System, which is a hand-held device to used for data collection. Students in Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, General Biology and Ecology classes will use this equipment. The use of these sensors will more effectively illustrate the dynamics and relationship of these two processes as the data is collected and encourage the visual understanding of these difficult concepts.

      Karen McKenna and Grace Johnson - John A. Coleman Catholic High School

      $1,359

      Biotech Builds Bridges Across Sciences
      DNA technology has been utilized for a number of years in basic research in biology, as well as in medicine and criminology. Hands-on, experiential learning is the best way to not only teach certain topics, but to be able to "situate" that information for students, making it both meaningful and memorable. Reagents are now commercially available to make it possible to safely work with, analyze and dispose of DNA in a high school setting. Having the ability to run DNA electrophoresis gels would allow a large number of students to see this technology used across several disciplines. AP and Regents Biology students will be able to use enzymes to manipulate DNA and perform subcloning experiments in commercially available and safe bacterial vectors. Environmental Science students would be able to simulate testing for bioengineered ingredients in common foods. The Forensics classes would be able to simulate crime scenes and run DNA gels as "evidence" for cases.

      Kenneth Kolwicz, Gregory Lisack and Edward Sattler - Warwick Valley High School

      $1,052

      Aquatic Ecology
      Funds will be used to transform a eutrophic, algae-covered 3.62 acre pond into a paragon of steady-state aquatic ecosystems. The accessible and balanced pond ecosystem will join a 100 kilowatt wind-powered electric generator at the elementary school campus near the middle and high schools to help anchor a center for environmental education. Environment Science students, as well as others, will gain experience as primary researchers. They will baseline and subsequently monitor various chemical and physical measures of the pond water. Students will do benthic macroinvertebrate study and calculate various species diversity indexes. Students will install a solar-powered aerator and be on hand for the professionally conducted stocking of the pond with fish species professionally selected to pioneer the pond ecosystem. This authentic and hands-on scientific inquiry will require students to analyze data, understand the complexities of this pond community, and chart the next research steps. Data will be shared online at the school's website.

      Maribel Pregnall - Arlington High School

      $992.87

      Exploring the Problems of the Heart
      Lab activities on blood pressure and pulse rate will be expanded to enhance students understanding of how the heart works. Students will use models to master workings of the heart and then move on to real hearts that they will dissect to reveal the anatomy of the heart and learn how to perform medical procedures such as by-pass surgery. Students will work with local cardiac surgeons. Students will also learn how to conduct to conduct EKGs on themselves. Working with the models and the EKG probes will enable the students to have a more direct experience with the heart to better understand their own bodies and to better ascertain if the medical field is one that they wish to pursue.

      Patrick E. Dechon - Ellenville High School

      $1,106

      Exploring Wind Power
      Students will explore how wind power is converted into electrical power through the use of the mini wind farm. While attached to the LabQuests, the anemometers and current probes will be used to graph relationships and analyze patterns between wind speed and power production. Energy and Power conversions are part of the New York State Core Curriculum for Regents Physics. Once students have an understanding of how power is generated they will then use the equipment to determine the ideal location for a wind turbine on our campus. Students will have to research the practicalities of doing so and determine what percentage of our electricity use can be offset with their solution. With this information, students will produce an informational packet to be presented to the school's Board of Education.

      Thomas Blon and Shirley Frank - Middletown High School

      $1,020.50

      Urban Turbine:Wind Power
      The purchase of the Rutland 503 Windcharger, a basic wind-powered electrical generator, will provide students will a hands-on introduction to a renewable energy source. A student research project will be conducted that collects weather and wind generator power output to use in a feasibility study for a larger wind power installation at the school. It will demonstrate the capability of wind generation to power a small pump/ filtration system that will filter water at a small pond on the high school campus. With the conclusion of this project, it is hoped that students will be encouraged to plan their "energy future."
  • Health and Medical Services
    John T. Sloper Community Fund Grants
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Abilities First, Inc.

      $2,500

      Two Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will be purchased for the Lagrange or Apple Valley Neighborhood Day Habilitation Centers. The centers serve adults with varying levels of intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-morbid medical conditions. The AED on location would reduce the risk of death related to cardiac arrest by allowing staff to immediately offer medical assistance during a cardiac episode. 
      Abilitiesfirstny.org

      Camp Herrlich

      $2,449

      Funds will be used to purchase replacement pads and batteries for an existing AED at the Camp. In addition, epi-pens to treat life-threatening allergic reactions will be purchased. Throughout the school year, 3,000 children and adults are on premises for after-school care, outdoor education, and retreats.
      www.campherrlich.org

      Church of St. Nicholas on the Hudson

      $2,500

      An AED and training will be purchased for the church undercroft with the funds. An in-kind donation of CPR certification has been acquired for interested parishioners. The purchase of the AED is part of the overall goal of preparing and updating the building for the future.
      www.stnicholasnewhamburg.org

      Neighborhood Economic & Cultural Activities Program

      $2,500

      Two AED devices will be purchased. One will be placed in the New Hope Center gymnasium, and the other will be put in the administration offices across the street.

      New Horizons Resources

      $2,500

      AEDs will be purchased to enable trained staff to react in the case of an emergency. The average age of people receiving supports from New Horizons residential programs is 50. Eleven of 30 residential homes are without AEDs leaving staff without support in case of cardiac emergency.  
      www.nhrny.org

      Putnam County Sheriff's Department

      $2,100

      Funds will be used to purchase medical supplies and equipment for the multi-jurisdictional Emergency Response Team that employs advanced tactics and techniques during high-risk operations. The medical supplies will include individual patrol officer kits which contain emergency trauma dressings, quick-clot hemostatic agents, and combat application tourniquets. Additionally, a tactical litter carrier to rapidly move casualties and an ALS medical kit containing essential emergency medical trauma supplies as well as airway and oxygen delivery systems will be purchased. 
      putnamsheriff.com

      Village of Fishkill Fire Department

      $2,500

      Funds will be used to update the Department’s automated external defibrillators that were originally purchased in 1999. AED's were purchased to serve the community however; fellow firefighters serve as the highest risk for use. An AED can be the most integral part of the revival of a patient in cardiac arrest. 

      YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester

      $2,500

      The funds will be used to purchase three AEDs for use in the Before and After School Care Programs at Austin Road, Fulmar Road, and Lakeview Elementary Schools in the Mahopac Central School District. YMCA-CNW serves approximately 180 students per day across these three sites. An AED in each building will ensure that in the case of cardiac arrest, no time is wasted in applying electric therapy to allow the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
      www.ymca-cnw.org
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Abilities First, Inc.

      $2,021

      The grant is for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be located at Abilities First Senior's Neighborhood Center. The Center serves senior citizens with varying levels of intellectual disabilities and co-morbid medical conditions. The AED on location would reduce the risk of death related to cardiac arrest by allowing staff to immediately offer medical assistance during a cardiac event.

      Bedford Audubon Society

      $2,350

      The grant will purchase two Philips HeartStart Onsite AEDs. One AED will be for Bylane Farm, the Audubon’s center of operations, and the other will be for Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch, a remote/seasonal site a 10-minute hike from the nearest road. Additionally funds will be used to provide AED training to staff, volunteers, and other conservation organizations in the area.

      Dutchess and Putnam REACT

      $2,500

      The grant will purchase five BLS first aid kits, two tank kits, 5 rescue throw bags, 2 back boards and traffic vests. The purpose of Dutchess and Putnam REACT is to assist disabled motorists and victims of auto accidents in the county by providing boots on the ground to communicate directly with fire, police and EMS services directly from the roadways of the county. REACT conducted approximately 60 documented road patrols and contributed approximately 2,750 volunteer hours to the roads of the County.

      Fairview Fire District

      $1,250

      The funds will purchase two sets of "Binder Lifts" for the ambulances. This product assists patients and staff by creating a safer way of handling large patients who oftentimes need help from the floor or bed. As Americans get larger, the fire and EMS services need to adjust to meet their needs. Back injuries are prominent with first responders and tools like the Binder Lift help to prevent them by providing stable hand holds around the patient’s body. www.fairviewfd.net

      Family Services

      $1,450

      The funds will purchase two Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillators and glove pouches. In addition to the equipment, staff will be certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid for Adult, Child, and Infant by Health Quest. With annual visits to the agency totaling 45,000 individuals, having AED's located on site and staff properly trained will result in the ability to provide life-saving care. www.familyservicesny.org/

      Grace Smith House, Inc.

      $2,500

      Funds will purchase AED machines for the two secure shelters and a transitional housing/office building. Grace Smith House served 2,464 individuals in Shelters, Non-Residential, CPS and Family Court Programs in 2014 and seeks to have an AED machine at each location.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $1,250

      The funds will purchase AED equipment and training for the Employment Assistance and Training Station (EATS). HRH staff taking CPR/AED/First Aid classes (including EATS staff) will be better able to respond to medical emergencies and the training and equipment will result in improved safety for EATS clients. HRH’s agency-wide safety initiative will be furthered, providing a better environment in which to help clients obtain services and develop housing plans.

      Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

      $2,500

      The funds will purchase an AED, cabinet and proper signage. Since LOHR has many volunteers, students and clients of varying ages (5-70), an AED will assist in an emergency situation. The local Dover Plains Fire Department is a volunteer organization and may take time to respond to an emergency at the farm. Those lost minutes can mean a life saved with the proper equipment. The director and barn manager are CPR, AED and First Aid certified through the Red Cross. 

      Pleasant Valley Fire District

      $2,147.87

      The funds will purchase Rescue Randy, a life-like mannequin, and the Kore Kooler Rehab Chair, a modified folding chair with arm slots that contain plastic bags filled with water. Randy will be used in place of humans in dangerous situations. This allows firefighters to have a “victim” in a vehicle during vehicle extrication training, for search skills in a burning building, and to train on removing a victim during a rope rescue. It is safer to use a life-like victim versus a human and avoid the risk of injury. The chair is used to help reduce the body's temperature. It has been found that properly cooling a responder down is important in helping to reduce cardiac episodes. www.pvfdny.org

      Putnam Family & Community Services

      $2,200

      The funds will purchase a Philips HeartStart FRx Defibrillator with carry case, 2 sets of pads, 2 batteries, and infant/child adapter and a seven year warranty, purchase of an alarmed wall cabinet to store the AED and CPR/AED training or retraining and certification of eight staff people working at the two sites, ensuring coverage for all hours of the agencies operations. www.pfcsinc.org

      Town of East Fishkill Recreation

      $2,500

      The Recreation Department instituted a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Program providing AED/CPR training to town residents and equipping recreation facilities and fields with defibrillators. Since the program’s inception, 187+ people have been trained in AED/CPR life-saving procedures, and ten defibrillators have been purchased and are located throughout the town recreation areas. The funding will be used to continue this program through purchasing more equipment, training and a public awareness campaign.

      Union Vale Fire District

      $2,500

      The grant will purchase two AEDs, one to be placed inside a Chief's vehicle and one to be given to an EMT. Union Vale is rural with a mountain range splitting it, so having an AED in the personal vehicle of responders means that when they are first on scene, they don’t have to wait until the ambulance arrives to use an AED.  www.uvfdny.com
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      American Red Cross Northeastern New York Chapter

      $2,500

      The American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley will use grant funds to purchase Prestan Ultralite™ Manikins. The Ultralite™ Mankin Pack contains upgraded life-saving training equipment as well as a nylon carrying case for all 4 manikins. This light weight pack is fast to set up, easy to carry, and will provide our trainers with durable life-saving equipment; manikins are life tested to a half-million compressions.

      Brewster Police Department

      $1,672

      The Department will use grant funds to purchase one AED unit for use in their second police patrol vehicle. In doing so, both patrol vehicles, working within the confines would have the necessary equipment to deliver emergency cardiovascular services to those in need in order to save lives.

      Christ Episcopal Church

      $2,493

      This grant will fund the purchase of an AED device to be located in our the church community room.  Funding will also support the training of AA leaders, BOCES teachers, counselors at the summer camp, church staff, music director and leaders who use the room. 

      Clinton Alliance Church

      $1,900

      Funds will purchase an AED and will also be used to train leaders and members in its usage.  Target populations include youth involved in vigorous sporting activities on weekdays as well as several hundred people in attendance on Sunday mornings.  The church is located in a remote area, EMS services are all volunteer based, and early intervention is the key to a positive outcome in cardiac events when the AED would be used.

      Dutchess Community College Foundation

      $3,000

      Funds will help to purchase equipment for teh EMS program. A SimScope Wifi Stethoscope will provide students the ability to hear customized sounds when assessing a standardized patient. Go Pro cameras will be used during Mass Casualty Incident drills that the students perform in the Trauma Course of the Paramedic Program.

      Elant, Inc.

      $2,000

      Elant at Wappingers Falls will purchase two Emergency Crash Carts to provide ready accessibility emergency care to their residents. The Crash Carts provide access to emergency services such as oxygen and numerous supplies necessary to provide immediate life saving care. 

      Family Services

      $2,500

      The grant will help to provide HeartStart OnSite Defibrillators. In addition to the equipment, staff will be certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid for Adult, Child, and Infant.  With  45,000 individual visits to the agency, having AED's located on site and staff properly trained will result in the ability to provide life saving care.

      Friends of Green Chimneys

      $1,250

      Green Chimneys will purchase one incentive spirometer and 4 vital machines. An incentive spirometer is a medical device used to help patients improve the functioning of their lungs. This can be used during emergencies, as well as to prevent a breathing problem from becoming a crisis. Green Chimneys will use this for all asthmatics to measure the peak flow of their breaths and can tell us if they are experiencing an asthma attack or if they need other medicine to monitor their asthma. Currently 70% of our student population has asthma. The vital machines will be used to measure blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation during health emergencies and while monitoring medication changes to prevent emergencies. 

      Grace Smith House

      $2,500

      Funding will provide CPR and First Aid Training for all Grace Smith House Staff.

      Hudson River Housing

      $2,500

      The funds will purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator package for Hudson River Housing’s Liberty Station site located at 38 North Clinton Street in Poughkeepsie.  Liberty Station provides 25 units of affordable Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing for low-income military veterans,  HRH’s Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program also resides in the building.

      LaGrange Fire District

      $5,200

      LFD responds to fires in occupied buildings every year. Nationally 10,000 deaths occur from smoke inhalation and exposure. Among the many compounds in smoke, two are particularly toxic: Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Hydrogen Cyanide (CN). LFD will purchase 2, 5 gram, Cyanokits kits. This will allow us to have medication to treat one patient with an initial dose and a repeat dose if necessary. As a companion to the Cyanokits the LFD is requesting funds for the acquisition of a Masimo RAD-57. This device allows measurement of CO in a victim’s blood, non-invasively and rapidly, in the field. The ability to quantitatively measure the Sp-CO allows decisions to be made for definitive treatment of those with elevated levels. 

      Putnam ARC

      $2,500

      The grant enables PARC to train and/or keep 400 staff members current on their First Aid, CPR and AED knowledge, whereby making PARC’s 1000 program participants and their family members more likely to survive a heart attack and prevent assist when an injury or accident occurs.

      Putnam County Sheriff's Department

      $1,250

      Purchase of medical suplies for a gunshot kit that will be issued to each Deputy Sheriff Assigned to the Road Patrol.

      Temple Beth Shalom

      $2,465

      Purchase of pediatric defibrillator pads in order to provide life-saving capabilities for children and related training for five members from Temple Beth Shalom to operate the AED and BLS Kits; well-stocked, Basic Life Support (BLS) First Aid Kits; and, equipment to set up an emergency shelter in order to be prepared for a natural disaster.

      Therapeutic Equestrian Center

      $2,500

      An AED will be purchased so that we will be able to service our clients to the best of our ability under our safety policy. We will also be able to hold training seminars for our volunteers who are interested in becoming CPR certified.

      Village of Fishkill Police Department

      $500

      Funds will upgrade the First Aid bags and associated equipment carried in each patrol vehicle. These bags contain bandages, dressings, sterile pads, CPR masks and related basic EMS supplies.This equipment would be utilized by officers to perform basic first aid functions at emergency scenes prior to arrival of Mobile Life and / or FD. 

      Zion Episcopal Church

      $2,000

      A defibrillator, training materials and training sessions will be purchased with funds provided.
    • 2013 Grant Recipients 

      American Red Cross Northeastern New York Chapter

      $2,500

      Purchase of both Laerdal AED II Trainers and Updating Programming Kits that will help to reactivate trainers that are not functioning correctly and updated equipment and kits allow us to continue to offer top notch and realistic training throughout Dutchess County.
       

      Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

      $2,500

      Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) is housed at The Farm and Home Center (FHC) in Millbrook, NY.  The FHC is the site of an emergency overnight shelter operated by the American Red Cross.  The FHC is a site used by many non profit organizations and government agencies to conduct meetings, trainings and community events.  The FHC is one of the few emergency shelters located in the eastern region of the county.  Through this request we are seeking to train staff, adult volunteers and youth (ages 12 and up) primarily from the Relatives As Parents Program.  The intent of this educational training is to provide emergency preparedness skills to address needs of both the CCEDC program participants and staff.  A certified First Aid/CPR educator will provide training, to both youth and adults, approved by the American Red Cross.

      Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response

      $2,420

      Grant will be used to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be carried with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County to any deployment within the County. With more than 400 volunteers county-wide, the MRC provides emergent medical and non-medical services in response to any size incident throughout Dutchess County. 

      Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

      $2,500

      20 Water Rescue Kits will be purchased and deployed in patrol vehicles throughout Dutchess County. 

      Family Services

      $3,500

      Two Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillators will be purchased. In addition to the equipment, staff will be certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid for Adult, Child, and Infant. This training program will be provided by Health Quest. With annual visits to our agency totaling 45,000 individuals, having AED's located on site and staff properly trained will result in the ability to provide life saving care. 

      First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

      $2,500

      An AED and related necessary equipment will be purchased and training will be offered to as many congregants as possible.   We would like to be able to respond appropriately to such an emergency cardiac event and possibly save a life.  

      Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center

      $490

      Health Quest Community Education is an American Heart Association-Approved Training Center that provides first aid, CPR and AED training to the community, as well as advanced life support classes to medical professionals. We provide professional training that meets various levels of requirements for different industries. Our state-of-the-art training combines video with hands-on practice on life-like manikins and AED trainers. We work with large corporations, schools, local towns and businesses, not-for-profits and various community and health care organizations, throughout Putnam and Dutchess counties.

      New Horizons Resources, Inc.

      $2,500

      An AED will be purchased and be placed at one of our residential facilities.  The indivivduals we support are elderly and have multiple disabilties.  The availablilty of this equipment can support the work we do and save lives, as we wait for first responders to arrive.

      Town of Poughkeepsie

      $1,775

      Purchase of an AED as well as training for staff and volunteers for the new senior center in its use.  We currently have 180 seniors participating in our senior program.  This number should grow substantially with the expanded facilities and programming at the new center.
    • 2012 Grant Recipients 

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $1,608

      The funding will purchase replacement pads for existing AED equipment and cover the cost of AED and Infant Choking Certification Training for 12 staff members through the regional office of the American Heart Association.

      Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Inc.

      $2,805

      This grant will replace three VHF radios used to communicate to the hospitals.

      Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

      $2,500

      Purchase emergency response safety equipment including safety weights, safety line, power lines, grapple, cleaning kit, personal retrieval strap, float marker, rescue line, inflatable PDF, assorted safety items including rope, hardware, gloves, and safety glasses.

      First Reformed Church of Fishkill

      $2,500

      Funding for an Automatic External Defibrillator Device and training.

      Health Quest Systems, Inc.

      $2,500

      To replace equipment that is obsolete or damaged and unusable, allowing for more students to be taught at once.

      Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Inc.

      $1,156

      To purchase one Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and associated training.

      Linwood Spiritual Center

      $1,156

      To purchase medical equipment and software, along with providing necessary training.

      Town of Poughkeepsie

      $2,500

      To purchase an AED and train volunteer coaches in its use at Greenvale Park and the town pool.
    • 2011 Grant Recipients 

      Congregation Schomre Israel of Poughkeepsie 

      $2,500

      To purchase a defibrillator.

      Culinary Institute of America    

      $3,040

      Support for two emergency evacuation chairs which are designed to assist individuals with physical disabilities to evacuate a building during an emergency.

      Dutchess County Sheriff's Office          

      $2,500

      Purchase of portable medical emergency response equipment including Basic Life Support and Advanced Lift Support medical bags, a portable oxygen delivery kit, first responder water rescue personal flotation device kits, a handheld GPS rescue unit and night vision binoculars.

      Elant, Inc.        

      $3,000

      Support for training and certification of 84 RN's, LPN's and supervisors to provide emergency medical and life saving skills within the communities where they live.

      Health Quest Systems, Inc.      

      $2,400

      Four AED trainers and adult manikin packages will be purchased to provide community-wide training days in CPR and AED use. Large corporations, schools, towns, businesses, not-for-profits and various community and health care organizations, throughout Putnam, Dutchess and parts of Ulster counties will participate.

      Putnam ARC

      $4,000

      Support to enable PARC, which serves 650 consumers, to train and/or keep 400 staff members current on their First Aid, CPR and AED knowledge.

      Saint Francis Healthcare Foundation    

      $2,488.85

      To purchase an AED for and provide training to three Saint Francis Hospital clinics.

      Union Vale Fire District           

      $2,500

      This grant will purchase Pulse Oximeters, which are used to check a person's oxygen and carbon monoxide level in their blood and their pulse.
    • 2010 Grant Recipients 

      Dutchess ARC

      $1,138

      The funds will be used toward the purchase of 21 battery powered wireless smoke detectors for the backup system; 3 battery powered carbon monoxide detectors; back-up batteries and a carrying case, providing them with a portable emergency backup system to be utilized wherever needed.

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Inc.

      $1,681

      Spring 2010 Cardiovascular Fund Winner
      The Cardiovascular Fund supports research, education, and community programs in Dutchess County related to cardiovascular disease or stroke. One grant totaling $1,681 was awarded this spring.

      The Children’s Museum serves over 58,000 visitors and patrons each year. As a public venue, they need to be prepared for emergencies and having an Automated External Defibrillator unit will enable them to be better prepared in case of emergency. This grant will make the purchase of a school package AED that includes wall cabinet with alarm, carrying case and other accessories possible.

      St. Mary's Church

      $2,500

      For a defibrillator (AED) to be used in the church building for emergencies.

      Town of East Fishkill

      $2,500

      Purchase of AED equipment at recreational and sports venues throughout the town, and to offer training sessions towards becoming designated a HeartSafe Community.
  • Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Food
    Hudson Valley Farm Fresh Food Grant Program
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Angel Food East

      $5,000

      More fresh vegetables, fruits and meats from local purveyors and local farms will be purchased with the funds for clients who are predominantly the elderly, the chronically ill and clients living with HIV/AIDS who are essentially homebound. Fresh, nutritious food is very important to people with compromised immune systems and sensitive digestive tracks. The money will be spent at the Kingston, Rhinebeck and Woodstock farmers' markets, local farm stands and the Farm Hub, and the fresh food will be prepared at the commercial kitchen in St. John’s Episcopal Church.  

      Common Ground Farm

      $25,000

      The grant will help to expand cultivation on an additional acre of land and prepare 4-6 more acres for future cultivation and increase productivity and thus increase capacity to grow, donate and broaden access to fresh food to those in need. This will enable more Food Pantry partners, extend Mobile Market service & expand the provision of vegetables to children through Farm to School and Summer Feeding programs. With improved infrastructure and staff capacity, production will be greatly expanded. The aim is to donate over 5,000lbs of vegetables.

      Dutchess Outreach

      $25,000

      The grant will be used to continue operation of the Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Market, a mobile farmers market on wheels making stops throughout the city of Poughkeepsie. This program serves those experiencing food insecurity due to transportation barriers and low income by opening their access to fresh, local, affordable food, bringing the food to them and accepting public assistance funds as well as providing education on proper diet and nutrition from health partners. Survey results from last season revealed that 100% of those surveyed said the location of the Market increased their access to healthier foods, 71% replied that their purchasing of fresh fruits and vegetables had increased since the opening of the market and 81% said that overall their households consumption of healthy foods had increased. 

      Family of Woodstock

      $25,000

      The grant will increase the nutritious food stuffs available to local food pantries throughout Ulster County to 65,000lbs; expand the availability of nutritious meals for children during the summer to serve virtually all at-risk youth in the City of Kingston and study the feasibility of adding additional summer meals sites; establish three additional food hubs in Shandaken, Ellenville and Clintondale to increase the capacity for storage and distribution, both centrally and for individual pantries; develop new relationships which will make additional food available; and improve communication and coordination between countywide and local providers. 

      Hillside Food Outreach

      $20,000

      Funding will support HFO’s "Healthy Plate/Healthy Family" initiative which will significantly increase the amount of locally sourced fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy in monthly grocery bags delivered to 120 client households in Putnam County by 50 volunteers. As a result, food deliveries to low income, food-insecure individuals and families will better mirror current nutritional recommendations. During visits, volunteers not only deliver food, but they also chat, catch up on news, inquire about the recipient's health, and provide educational materials and information about local social services - all the while helping each client feel a brief, yet powerful connection to the greater community.

      Hudson Valley Seed

      $12,000

      Hudson Valley Seed, Kids R Kids, and the Beacon City School District will partner to provide fresh vegetables, cooking lessons and recipes to children and families participating in the Growing Healthy Kids Initiative Summer Meals Program. This initiative will educate children and their families about health and nutrition and on where they can access free and low-cost fresh foods throughout the year. Hudson Valley Seed will also run a cooking workshop for adults and children to learn how to prepare fast, healthy and kid-friendly recipes using local produce. This eight-week workshop will support families in purchasing local food and preparing it with their children.

      Hyde Park Community Garden at St. James Episcopal Church

      $2,000

      A permanent fence will be purchased to enclose the entire perimeter of the garden. Deer and woodchucks have consumed about 15% of the crops since the garden was started five seasons ago. By installing this permanent fence, seedlings and young plants will be allowed to fully grow and be harvested for two organizations. The garden has multiple sections which include: a " Young Peoples Garden" where children from preschool to high school come in and learn how to grow, water, weed, nurture and harvest their crops; a " Young at Heart" section where anyone 55 years and older can come and grow crops; and an area where work study students from the Culinary Institute of America come in and grow food. Additionally, there are individual plots that are leased at a reasonable rate for local residents to use for their own consumption.

      Kingston YMCA Farm Project

      $4,000

      Funding will be used to expand the size of the production garden to half an acre so that more food can be grown and ultimately more people in Midtown Kingston will benefit through the farm stands that are located in community spaces and through the youth education programming. Through the educational programs, young people learn about healthy food, gain an understanding of where food comes from, and have a positive experience eating fruits and vegetables. By increasing the growing space, more revenue will be generated, laying the foundation for greater project sustainability. 

      North East Community Center

      $25,000

      NECC will continue to expand the Fresh Food Pantry to more than 140 food-insecure households, which will increase consumption of locally grown produce and farm products by food-insecure residents of Amenia, Dover, Millerton, and Pine Plains. As in 2015, thousands of pounds of fresh, seasonal vegetables will be purchased from local farms and distributed to four food pantries each month from July 2016 through February 2017. Seasonal fruit, milk, and eggs will be provided on a regular basis as well. Staff will continue to give cooking demonstrations that feature seasonal produce at food pantries in Amenia and Pine Plains on pick-up days. 

      People’s Place

      $20,000

      Funding will be used to continue to support the Bag Summer Hunger in Ulster County program which provides each week a week’s worth of additional food to low-income school age children who receive free or reduced breakfast & lunch during the school year. Families on tight budgets have difficulty absorbing the additional meal costs while school is out of session, leading to children experiencing hunger, malnutrition and anxiety. The food options supplied will feature fresh, summer seasonal local produce, dairy products from the Hudson Valley, and an assortment of whole grain breads baked regionally for breakfast and/or lunch. This will contribute to healthy growth & development so that students are better able to learn when they return to school in September. More than 31,000 meals were provided to children through this program last year.

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $15,000

      Funding will be used to support the Food Share Program, through which 20% of the nearly 90 tons of produce harvested by PFP is made available to low-income community members through food donations distributed by 10 partners in the emergency food system and 35 subsidized CSA shares. In 2015, PFP harvested 183,336 pounds of produce, and 34,555 pounds were distributed through PFP's Food Share program. Recipients of subsidized food shares receive an average of 385 pounds per share. The Food Share program focuses on the fresh food access issues facing residents who live in the parts of the City of Poughkeepsie where there is only one supermarket, poverty is concentrated with rates twice the national level, and 25% of residents don't own a vehicle. 

      RDC Loaves and Fishes Inc.

      $15,000

      The funding will be directly used to provide farm fresh products to individuals served by RDC. Bulk fresh produce and meats will be bought from local farms and markets. Recipients are unable to purchase farm fresh foods on their own due to high cost. The need for food has steadily increased due to a decrease in employment in the community as well as to the changes and decreases in the food stamp program. Additionally, neighboring food pantries have closed due to lack of food and funds.  

      Rondout Valley Food Pantry

      $2,000

      Funding will be used to provide fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy to food insecure children in the summer when access to free breakfast lunch programs in the schools is not available. The weekend food backpack program provides 2 days of food for children in food insecure homes. Backpacks will contain fresh produce each week (and milk cards twice a month). Children in these targeted programs have limited exposure to fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy items such as yogurt. Families cannot afford the "luxury" of fresh produce and dairy due to cost. These programs will provide consistent access to fresh produce and dairy items.

      St. Thomas Episcopal Church Amenia Union NY

      $10,000

      With the funding a Giving Garden Coordinator will be hired who will be charged with volunteer education in garden planning and management, and recruiting and education in the community. Additionally, funding will provide on-going maintenance of footpaths, shed, garden and fence and surrounding area and purchase seeds, seedlings, and fertilizer. The Giving Garden is a project of the Food of Life/Comida de Vida Pantry, a collaborative venture supported by churches, local groups and individuals, and sited at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, which is also the pantry administrator. Pantry guests receive food for nine meals a week; fresh, nutritious food, including meat, dairy and produce is offered. While many of the hungry who come to the pantry are eager to add fresh vegetables to their diet, most find it difficult to find and pay for high-quality, nutrient-rich produce.
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Angel Food East

      $5,000

      The 2015 grant award will allow us continue to purchase more fresh vegetables and fresh fruits and meats from our local purveyors. Fresh, nutritious food is very important since many of our clients have compromised immune systems and sensitive digestive tracks. This grant allows us to purchase produce and meats from the Woodstock, Kingston and Rhinebeck Farmers' Markets as well as the new Farm Hub and local groceries.

      Common Ground Farm

      $25,000

      Funds will support Year 2 of a 3-year plan to expand cultivation and productivity and thus increase capacity to grow, donate and broaden access to fresh food to those in need. With improved infrastructure, staffing and upgrades to our apprentice housing we aim to double our production. This will enable us to add more Food Pantry partners, extend Mobile Market service & expand the provision of our vegetables to children through e.g. Farm to School and Summer Feeding programs.

      Dutchess Outreach

      $25,000

      The funding will support the operation of a mobile farmers market to provide fresh, locally grown farm produce and products in City of Poughkeepsie neighborhoods deemed food deserts. Local residents will have improved access to fresh nutritious food at affordable prices. The market will accept electronic benefits payment, WIC coupons and other forms of publicly supported incentives for low-income people providing purchasing power and opportunity for improved nutrition. The Poughkeepsie Plenty Mobile Market is operated by Dutchess Outreach. 

      Family of Woodstock

      $25,000

      Funding will support a collabrative network of providers and builds on the goals of our 2014 funded project: to increase the nutritious food available to local food pantries throughout Ulster County; to expand the availability of nutritious summer meals for children; to increase the capacity for storage and distribution; to develop new relationships which will make additional food available; to improve communication and coordination between providers to maximize available resources.

      Hillside Food Outreach

      $20,000

      Grant funds will support the "Healthy Plate/Healthy Family" initiative which will significantly increase the amount of locally sourced fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy in monthly grocery bags delivered to our 100+ client households throughout Putnam County. As a result, food deliveries to these low income, food-insecure individuals and families will better mirror current nutritional recommendations. (Healthy Plate is defined as 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 grains, 1/4 protein with a side of dairy.)

      Hudson Valley Seed

      $16,875

      Hudson Valley Seed, Kids R Kids, and the Beacon City School District will partner to provide fresh vegetables and increase student attendance in Beacon's Summer Feeding Program. Additionally, this initiative will educate children and their families about health and nutrition and on where they can access free and low-cost fresh foods throughout the year. Lastly, this program will engage the Beacon community in supporting access to fresh foods for all Beacon residents.

      North East Community Center

      $36,000

      North East Community Center will continue to expanded the Fresh Food Pantry distribution program, which increases consumption of locally grown produce and farm products by food-insecure residents of northeastern Dutchess County. As in 2014, we will purchase thousands of pounds of fresh, seasonal vegetables from local farms and distribute them to four food pantries. We would like to provide milk, eggs, and possibly bread on a regular basis this year as well.

      *additional funds provided by an anonymous donor

      People's Place

      $11,875

      Bag Summer Hunger - "Because hunger doesn't take a vacation.", is a program to provide additional food to low-income school age children who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year. Parents have a terrible time absorbing the additional food costs incurred when the academic year ends, giving way to hunger and malnutrition. This will contribute to healthy growth and development so that these students are better able to learn when they return to school in September.

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $15,000

      Grant funds will support the PFP Food Share Program, through which 25% of the nearly 60 tons of produce harvested by PFP is made available to low-income community members through food donations distributed by our partners in the emergency food system and subsidized CSA shares. Recipients receive the equivalent of 55 units of 35 pounds of fresh produce for 25 weeks, for a total of 46,400 pounds annually.

      *additional funds provided by an anonymous donor

      RDC Loaves and Fishes

      $10,000

      The funding will be used to purchase the fresh products as well as the necessary equipment we need to keep the food fresh. We will also be providing nutritional information and cooking suggestions for the foods we provide.

      *additional funds provided by an anonymous donor

      Rondout Valley Food Pantry

      $1,250

      Grant funds will support the purchase of fresh produce as well as dairy items to be obtained for children in summer breakfast/lunch program for the children of RVFP clients .Money would allow purchase of fresh produce for the weekend food back program when none is available from the Food Bank.

      St. Thomas Episcopal Church

      $10,000

      Funding will support the salary of a Giving Garden Coordinator; for on-going garden maintenance. Building on the success of the Garden's first year, we plan to extend the growing season, resulting in more produce delivered to food pantry recipients, and expand the responsibilities of the Coordinator to include a community outreach function in addition to the more extended garden schedule.

      *additional funds provided by an anonymous donor

      Ulster County Community Action Committee

      $15,000

      This grant will allow us to decrease the amount of fresh produce left on Ulster farms after harvest and increase the amount of fresh produce on the tables of Ulster County residents.
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      Angel Food East

      $5,000

      Grant funds provided to bring fresh, local food into the kitchen for use in meal preparation for their HIV/AIDS clients throughout Ulster County to increase the nutritional quality of the meals provided.

      Common Ground Farm

      $21,000

      The grant will support a farm capacity building project which will expand cultivation and productivity; increasing capacity to grow, donate and broaden access to farm fresh food to those in need. The aim of doubling production will enable partnership with additional Food Pantry partners, extend Mobile Market service and expand the provision of vegetables to children through their Farm to School and Summer Feeding programs.

      Dutchess Outreach

      $21,000

      Grant funding provided to establish and operate the Poughkeepsie Mobile Farmers Market to bring affordable, local farm fresh produce to residents of the City of Poughkeepsie. The program will serve those experiencing food insecurity and transportation barriers in three locations in Poughkeepsie for 22 weeks per year. 

      Family of Woodstock

      $35,000

      Grant funds provided to address a range of food insecurity issues in Ulster County. Working collaboratively with a network of providers the project will increase the nutritious, farm fresh food available to local food pantries throughout Ulster County, provide nutritious meals for children during the summer, increase the capacity for food storage and efficiency of distribution, develop new relationships which will make additional food available, and more broadly, improve communication and coordination between the major providers to maximize existing resources.

      Hillside Food Outreach

      $12,000

      Grant funding provided to maximize the impact in Putnam County and significantly increase the amount of locally sourced fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy distributed monthly in the grocery bags delivered to over 100 food-insecure households throughout Putnam County. 

      North East Community Center

      $21,000

      Grant funding provided to expand the Share the Bounty (STB) produce-donation program, to increase consumption of locally grown food by food-insecure residents in the North East Dutchess County area. Since 2011, STB has collected or purchased thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables and given them to hundreds of food-insecure families. The produce will be purchased at discount from local farms for delivery to three food pantries, one soup kitchen, and their own Summer Food Service and After-School programs in the Webutuck District.

      People's Place

      $25,000

      Grant funds provided to support the food pantry for better health program. The goal of the program is to offer a wider range of farm fresh vegetables and fruits to the community served who do not have access or the the means to purchase quality, local, fresh produce. Funding supported the purchase of refrigeration to store the produce between donations and distributions. This added capacity enables People’s Place to serve as the distrbution site for the Food Bank’s Farm Stand program and to preserve and distribute any unused produce from the weekly farm stands to those served by People’s Place during normal food pantry operations. 

      St. Thomas Episcopal Church

      $10,000

      Grant funding provided to support the Food of Life/Comida de Vida Pantry Garden Project. Funding supported the construction of an on-site vegetable garden as a major addition to the ongoing work of their food pantry. The garden will provide fresh, high quality organic produce at relatively low cost. In addition, many food pantry recipients as well as volunteers will take part in the garden's care and management, providing education in "growing local" and fostering a sense of community between those who give and those who receive.
  • Nonprofit Capacity Building/ Program Support
    Community Response Grants - Dutchess County
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Family Services

      $2,000

      The grant will be used to provide an Anti-Racism workshop for staff. Family Services provides a wide array of services to a diverse cross section of individuals within the community. Integrating into the organization’s culture an understanding of race, structural racism and its manifestations in work with clients and in staff environment is an organic extension of Family Services’ mission and vision.
      http://www.familyservicesny.org/

      Ferncliff Nursing Home

      $3,795

      A recumbent bicycle will be purchased with grant funds for the new Therapeutic Gym in the Center for Neurodegenerative Care, giving residents opportunities to maximize strength and ability as long as possible in the face of chronic progressive illness. Ferncliff is developing a state-of-the-art Center for Neurodegenerative Care to meet the needs of an underserved population of adults with Huntington's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.
      http://www.archcare.org/ferncliff-nursing-home

      Grace Smith House

      $2,700

      The grant will be used to create a safe, warm & welcoming library space for children and families impacted by domestic violence in order to help begin the healing process, improve attachment between parents & children and improve school readiness and academic performance. Books within the library will be used during programming, which focus on developing coping skills to deal with traumatic events and developing appropriate social skills and healthy relationships.  
      www.gracesmithhouse.org

      Hudson River Housing

      $4,000

      Funds will be used to purchase storage cabinets and supplies to be distributed on an as-needed basis to address the basic emergency and goal-related needs of homeless individuals and families residing in supported emergency, transitional, and permanent housing. HRH provides programs that address critical needs of homeless households and provide opportunities to quickly move from shelter to stable housing with 24-hour services available. 
      www.hudsonriverhousing.org

      Hudson Valley Community Services

      $1,180

      Funding will be used to engage a Registered Dietician to develop 7 new THRIVES nutrition education modules and to purchase additional grocery store food vouchers for THRIVES participants. Additional modules are needed to address chronic conditions experienced by participants and new topics such as Calcium & Stronger Bones. This will enable THRIVES clients to become healthier as a result of enhanced nutrition health education and give additional funds to purchase needed food.
      www.hudsonvalleycs.org

      Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

      $4,950

      New computer monitors, laptops, printers and WiFi devices will be purchased with the grant in order to meet the increased demand for services and promote marketing of services throughout Dutchess County with the overall goal of capacity-building.               
      www.lshv.org

      Mediation Center of Dutchess County

      $3,875

      Grant funds will partially fund Restorative Justice (RJ) training for staff and volunteers, who then take services to the community. RJ is a process that involves those with a stake in a specific offense to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations in order to heal and put things as right as possible. It brings people together to have their voices heard, find community support, and move forward and heal. The primary population will be youth in both schools and youth-serving community agencies.
      www.dutchessmediation.org

      North East Community Center

      $5,000

      Funds will be used to provide the NECC Summer Connection, an affordable enrichment program for children ages 5 to 12, in summer 2017. The program’s goal is to foster a love for learning while nurturing social and emotional growth. In 2016, the 4-week program enrolled 43 children in 4 weeks of activities with each week centering on a theme with a local professional leading activities. In 2017, the themes will focus on music, theater, nature, and sports.
      www.neccmillerton.org

      Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley

      $4,000

      Funds will be used to purchase essential primary care assessment tools for blood pressure, pulse oximeter, thermometer, otoscope (ears) and opthamoloscope (eyes) for the Poughkeepsie Health Center in order to fully participate in the health networks being formed by Montefiore and Westchester Medical Center. Expanded primary care will ensure that prevention measures (such as flu shots) are up to date and chronic illnesses are diagnosed and treated early among the low income, high risk population served.
      www.ppmhv.org

      Ramapo for Children

      $3,000

      Summer camp scholarship support for financially disadvantaged children with social, emotional, and learning disabilities who reside in Dutchess County will be the focus of grant funds. Camp Ramapo’s summer residential program provides children who are at-risk or have special needs with adventure-based experiences that promote relationship building, social skills acquisition, and healthy emotional growth. In 2016, Camp Ramapo served a total of 520 children and provided over $118,000 in scholarship support. 

      Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

      $2,500

      Funds will be used to help launch and implement a Fire Prevention and Safety Program. Volunteers will be recruited and trained to provide fire prevention and safety services to low-income households in Dutchess County that will include installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and educating homeowners on fire safety. This program will decrease the risk of fire and fire-related deaths, injuries and property-damage among some of the most vulnerable residents of the community. 
      www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org

      Temple Beth-El: Social Action Committee

      $3,000

      The Jewish Social Action Coalition will provide nutritious food from grocery stores, farm stores and the Hudson Valley Food Bank for the most food insecure students attending Morse Elementary School in Poughkeepsie with the grant funding. Working closely with school personnel, the Coalition will provide food on weekends and school vacations in order to reduce hunger and increase the ability of these students to focus on academic pursuits. Recognizing that food is a right and not a privilege and that students who do not have their nutritional needs met are at risk health-wise and educationally, the Coalition strives to make a real difference to the students.
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Anderson Center for Autism

      $4,550

      The grant, from the Northern Dutchess Fund, will help purchase 26 computer servers for smart boards to run updated software and programs. These will be utilized in the classroom to assist teaching staff and more effectively educate students and help them retain information grasped by merging learning with physical engagement and audio/visual appeal. www.andersoncenterforautism.org/

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc.

      $1,000

      The grant, from the Senator Stephen M. Saland Legacy Fund, will help cover the artist fees for four one-hour educational performances by professional guest artists at the Bardavon. This support will help maintain a low ticket-price of just $6, or $3 with the Bardavon Field-Trip Fund subsidy. Teaching guides for the programs will be made available to teachers so that they can link what the children see and hear in the theater to their classroom activities and New York State Common Core Standards.

      Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

      $4,500

      The funds will help purchase A/V equipment for the Institute’s auditorium, to improve the quality of on-site programming and ability to share content digitally, through online video and live-streaming. The Institute’s auditorium hosts monthly environment-themed public lectures, reoccurring management forums, and K-12 teacher training workshops. The equipment will increase the reach and impact of their efforts by providing land managers with access to a high-quality online library of forum videos, allowing teachers to tune in remotely or access past trainings online, and benefit the not-for-profits and businesses that make use of the auditorium.

      Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.

      $1,250

      The grant, from the Senator Stephen M. Saland Legacy Fund, will go towards the purchase of two desktop computers, one for the Council's Training Coordinator/Infant Toddler Specialist and another for the Health Care Consultant, both to increase capacity and improve operations. 

      Community Family Development, Inc.

      $4,494

      The funds will supply new computers for operations and program updates to the Administrative and Security departments ensuring the organization’s mission to providing quality, consistent childcare services and developmentally appropriate early childhood and youth programs. www.cfdcenter.org/

      Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

      $2,500

      Funds will be used to purchase technology for staff and be used for the consolidation of office spaces to better serve constituents and enhance organizational sustainability. CCEDC will use these community capacity building funds to continue to build strong, healthy youth, adults, families and communities while enhancing the economic, social, and agricultural and natural resources of Dutchess County.

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $4,000

      The grant will go towards the purchase of a new Electric Veterinary Surgical operating table, which will allow the technicians and the veterinarians a more stabilized and useful operating room table. The funds will also help support the start of the 2016 Capital Campaign to expand and to refurnish the DCSPCA clinic, by providing long lasting basic updates for the lead agency for animal rescue and adoption in Dutchess County.

      Dutchess Outreach, Inc.

      $1,500

      The grant, from the Senator Stephen M. Saland Legacy Fund, will help with the growing demand of the Beverly Closs Food Pantry services, by helping to purchase food, toiletries and other necessities from the Regional Food Bank continuing to meet the basic needs of low-income people when no other resources are available to them and to assist them in becoming self-sufficient. www.dutchessoutreach.org/ 

      Family Services

      $1,386.34

      The grant, from the Senator Stephen M. Saland Legacy Fund, will allow for the purchase and installation of four surveillance cameras and five stream-light flashlights and holders to enhance the ability to provide a safe and secure environment for staff, partners, and clients. Family Services’ mission is to help families and individuals help themselves through direct services, collaboration and advocacy.

      Grace Smith House, Inc.

      $3,035.05

      Funds will allow for an upgrade to the Grace Smith House server in order to accommodate growing needs. By maintaining a centralized server and database, Grace Smith House can ensure continuous and secure backup of data furthering their mission of enabling individuals and families to live free from domestic violence.

      Half Moon Theatre

      $1,250

      The grant, from the Senator Stephen M. Saland Legacy Fund, will go towards the purchase of two laptop computers and one printer/copier/scanner for administrative staff to efficiently handle essential tasks related to administration, box office, fundraising, arts education programs, marketing, public relations and more for this resident professional theater company in Dutchess County. halfmoontheatre.org/

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $4,350

      The funds will support the establishment of a satellite office in Millerton led by the Director of Community Development with on the ground support from a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member. The office will allow Hudson River Housing staff to have an expanded presence through which to assess the housing needs of northeastern Dutchess communities and expand Hudson River Housing’s Real Estate Development and Community Building and Engagement services to under-served communities in Dutchess County.

      Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

      $4,472

      With services in high demand and staff substantially increasing in size, the funds will allow for a capacity-building purchase of eight laptops that will allow more of LSHV's Poughkeepsie-based Staff Attorneys to work remotely from home in the evening or on weekends and/or to meet with disabled clients outside of the office. LSHV’s mission is to provide free, high quality counsel in civil matters for individuals and families who can't afford to pay an attorney where basic human needs are at stake. 

      Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park, Inc.

      $1,328.95

      Funds will go towards the purchase of a computer, printer and software to increase the organization's ability to function efficiently and provide one central location for documents, billing records, correspondence, grant applications and a database. The transition from paper records to a computerized system will enhance the security of the person-specific information maintained on clients. Meals on Wheels will be better capable of streamlining office functions, maintaining confidentiality of personal data, allow the potential to analyze data and make appropriate changes as a result of the data and to maintain financial records in a safe and secure manner. 

      Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities

      $2,801

      The funds will go towards the purchase of an additional computer and laptop to be used to enhance the organization’s ability to provide needed services for families who have a disabled member with special needs, living at home and increase efficiency in delivery of services within the organization and the Hudson Valley community. MHAPD.ORG

      North East Community Center

      $5,000

      The grant, from the Northern Dutchess Fund, will support the NECC Summer Connection, an affordable day camp for children ages 5 to 12. The camp, held at the Millerton Elementary School, within walking distance of many low-income families, fosters a love for learning while nurturing social and emotional growth. The funds will help to expand the program to four weeks and enroll 40 children, ages 5 to 12, in 2016.

      Nubian Directions II, Inc.

      $3,500

      The funds will be used to purchase 10 computers, 10 chairs, 10 workstations, 10 software licenses and 5 surveillance cameras to upgrade the existing community computer lab with state-of-the-art equipment, software and monitoring devices. Nubian Directions II, Inc. provides technology training, work readiness skills training, and educational support services for youth and adults to build skill sets that enhance their ability to enter, grow, and succeed in the local workforce in an ongoing effort to foster sustainable community development.

      RDC Loaves and Fishes Inc.

      $5,000

      The grant will go towards purchasing a computer, a laptop, a printer, copier and fax machine, conference table and chairs for the Center of Compassion which has the mission to nurture hope, liberation and empowerment by offering nutritional support, advocacy and counseling to all low income individuals. The funds will also help purchase a training software program and a maintenance package for the new equipment. 

      Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

      $5,000

      The funds will support the migration of the RTDC website to a supported platform that will reduce risk of malfunction as well as increase functionality and usability. The funds will also go towards the purchase of a new desktop computer. RTDC holds the mission of bringing volunteers and communities together to revitalize homes and neighborhoods in Dutchess County.

      Stanford Free Library

      $5,000

      The grant, from the Northern Dutchess Fund, will be used to upgrade three patron-use PC computers and to alleviate patron wait time by purchasing two new laptop computers. The mission of the Stanford Free Library is to provide the Stanford community with access to a wide variety of materials and technologies for reading, listening, viewing and internet research. The library is a focal point for community activities, providing a venue for patrons to meet for shared interest and learning. 
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester Chapter

      $1,180

      This grant will be used to purchase new desktop computers for use by volunteers, as well as a new shredder to protect client and donor confidentiality.

      Arts Mid-Hudson

      $577

      Funds will help purchase chairs, a brochure rack, and projector to accommodate participants for workshops and programs, and to share information on the region's arts and cultural scene.

      Baptist Home at Brookmeade

      $765

      This grant will support the NEW DAY Explorations in Art program. Funds will help with the costs of materials, supplies, equipment, and staffing for this innovative program that offers residents, especially those living with dementia, a means of self-expression and communication when memory, speech, and movement have been compromised by illness.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $1,500

      This grant will provide funds for 2014-15 Season Field-Trip Fund. This is a subsidy program that makes tickets for our the Daytime Series children’s performances affordable at just $3 each for Dutchess County public schools students, teachers and chaperons. Over 600 low-income students will have the opportunity to attend a professional live-arts performance in their local theater that is also an important part of the cultural and  historic fabric of the community in which they live.

      Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

      $1,595

      As staff operate in an environment that would be a bit hostile for a "normal laptop," funding will support the purchase of refurbished Toughbook laptops.

      Beekman Library

      $1,500

      This grant will enable the purchase of push button automatic door openers to allow ease of access through the library's main entrance. The openers will improve access to and use of the library building by all library users, including those with physical disabilities and caregivers with strollers and multiple small children.

      Catharine Street Community Center

      $3,500

      Funding supports a fundraising technology upgrade in order to operate more vibrantly in the current not-for-profit world.

      Common Ground Farm

      $3,000

      Funding will support the rehabilitation of Farmer and Intern housing, including a heating system to allow for year round use.

      Community Family Development

      $2,000

      Funding will help to purchase of the the Quality Stars (QS) Creative Curriculum, corresponding staff development training and a phone system upgrades will enhance CFD's program and bring it up to the Quality Stars standards.

      Dutchess Outreach

      $3,383

      Funds will help purchase food to supplement the Beverly Closs Food Pantry when stock is low or lacking nutritious items. This will help to ensure the food pantry meets the increased demand of food-insecure individuals and families in Dutchess County.

      Edge Athletics

      $2,500

      Funding will enable 17 student athletes to attend a week of summer basketball camp in 2015. The camp uses basketball as a vehicle for teaching boundaries, respect, teamwork, socialization skills, cultural awareness, fostering cooperation, discipline and the health benefits of being physically fit.

      Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

      $1,783

      Funding will help purchase of two desktop computers to facilitate efficient workflow and website design services to create a new website using a Wordpress platform that will help enhance marketing, program recruitment and community engagement. By enabling staff to be more efficient and our the website more accessible, this grant will help ERVK more effectively serve residents of Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam Counties, as well as residents of Columbia, Orange, Rockland, Green and beyond.

      Family Promise of the Mid-Hudson Valley

      $2,055

      Through a network of local Churches, Temples and Mosques, Family Promise of the Mid-Hudson Valley places homeless families for one to two weeks at a time in rotation for overnight accommodations. This grant will provide funds to replaced damaged air matresses with durable, high quality folding cots.

      Grace Smith House

      $1,000

      This grant will help to purchase of a new Samsung  SCX-8230 multifunction printer to improve client services by streamlining document collection and creation to a reliable instrument. This grant will also help to provide better training materials and outreach education materials throughout Dutchess County.

      Housatonic Valley Association

      $700

      Funding will be used to engage Dover Plains High School students during four visits to a local stream in a practical, action/reflection model of science education to discover how to address a solvable environmental problem protecting and restoring stream health.In classroom and in the field students have learned the science behind protecting streams and rivers. They put their knowledge to use by collecting in-stream water quality data, planting native trees and shrubs to improve water quality, and removing invasive Japanese Knotweed at the edge of the stream. They are learning to interpret watershed characteristics such as land-use, land-cover, soils, and topography and how to make connections between watershed characteristics and quality of aquatic habitats.

      Howland Chamber Music Circle

      $1,650

      Funding will be used to purchase an online ticketing and box office system and 2 laptop computers with software containing all of the HCMC information. Online ticketing will make it easier for local patrons and out-of-town visitors to purchase tickets, and more people will have the opportunity to enjoy chamber music.

      Hudson River Housing

      $2,000

      Fundingwill be used for the purchase of furniture for HRH's new Employment and Training Station (EATS) which will offer resources specifically designed to help homeless individuals build basic life skills, increase job readiness, and advance their employment/vocational training goals; the expectation is that this initiative will ultimately lead to increased levels of self-sufficiency, financial security, and housing stability.

      Hudson Valley Community Services

      $2,500

      This grant will support the purchase of additional phone terminals and transport of existing phone system to HVCS' new Dutchess County office.

      Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

      $2,333

      This grant will provide critical resources/tools that will enable special education case handlers to work more efficiently, more easily access needed legal information (e.g., statues/regulations), and stay abreast of the latest news, trends and best practices in the field.The SpecialEd Connection component of this project will benefit children/young people enrolled in special education classes and their family members. The Clearinghouse Review component will benefit  low-income clients, but especially Dutchess County clients who have disability (e.g., Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability) or public benefits (e.g., Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance).

      Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

      $1,500

      Funds will support the purchase of office technology equipment and supplies to organize mental health records for the Equine-Assisted therapy program to adhere to the HIPPA regulations, medical records for rescued horses, 4H records, financial records and session/lesson schedules. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy assists with people suffering from many types of mental health issues; including, but not limited to, PTSD, depression, grief, and abuse.

      Mediation Center of Dutchess County

      $904

      Funds will be used to purchase a Smart TV. The TV will help increase capacity to reviewand assess  volunteer mediators' videotaped performances, use multi-user Skype to include students who wish to serve on  the Anti-Bullying Youth Summit planning committee, but cannot make the meetings in Poughkeepsie, and utilize Skype for mediation sessions for clients who have transportation.

      North East Community Center

      $3,000

      Funding from this grant will provide an efficient transportation solution for local Medicaid clients in northeastern Dutchess County.

      Pawling Free Library

      $2,000

      This grant will provide funding for new laptop computers to teach people in the community and surrounding areas basic and advanced computer skills necessary to compete in the work place and to stay in touch with family and friends.nmThe training classes will follow the curriculum developed by the Digital Literacy in New York initiative, which sets forth Digital Literacy Standards for New Yorkers including Basic Technology Knowledge, Basic Software Skills, Security Skills, and the Effective Use of Information. Advanced training in web design and software will also be offered to interested community members.

      Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

      $3,500

      This grant will provide funds to 3-4 families in need of critical emergency repairs to their homes, ensuring that they can live independently in a safe, healthy, warm and dry homes.

      Spark Media Project

      $2,000

      Funds will help purchase a professional cinematography package to significantly improve the quality of films made and give local youth hands-on experience with professional-grade equipment.

      Sparrows Nest of the Hudson Valley

      $1,000

      During an often emotionally, physically, and financially challenging time of year for families with moms who are in the midst of cancer treatment, this grant will help provide two trays of food each week with 50% more food than is delivered the rest of the year, including more fruits and vegetables.  Families will also receive a care package containing non-perishable staple groceries and festive "Feel Good Bags" to each mom in treatment during the holiday season.

      Stanford Free Library

      $1,375

      This grant will support the replacement of an outdated children’s computer center with a tablet and a touch screen computer that will engage children from preschool through 6th grade in educational content that covers all areas of the Common Core curriculum  including math, science, reading, financial literacy, music, and art.

      Stony Kill Foundation

      $1,200

      This grant will provide funding for the purchase of metal folding chairs and 8-foot folding tables to accommodate approximately 2,500 students annually as well as the approximately 2,000 visitors who attend Stony Kill's workshops, its four major events each year, and its ongoing weekend Open Barn days.

      The Child Abuse Prevention Center

      $3,000

      This grant will be utilized to purchase portable electronic tablets for The Center's case managers to utilize in the field while working with clients.
    • 2013 Grant Recipients 

      Alzheimer’s Association

      $1,600

      Funds will be used to purchase a new laptop computer, two new desktop computers and an LCD projector for the Dutchess County office.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House

      $1,503

      Bardavon Box Office Computer Equipment: The funds will be used to purchase two computers and one scanner for the Bardavon Box Office to replace outdated equipment that is near completion of its useful life. This equipment is a part of our ongoing effort to maintain and update our communications/data infrastructure so that we can serve our audiences in the most efficient and professional way possible.

      Beacon Sloop Club

      $1,500

      Sloop Woody Guthrie Motor Controller Replacement: Purchase parts  to repair and upgrade the electric motor system on the ferry sloop Woody Guthrie to improve reliability and allow for more public access to programs offered. 

      Beacon Sloop Club

      $1,000

      Grant funds will be used to purchase materials for the repair and restoration of the north interior wall of the Sloop Club building in Beacon.

      Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam

      $1,500

      Maintaining Quality Through Technology: Purchase of Dell computers and one monitor to increase capacity and efficiency in daily work activities and to support the development of specialized graphic materials to distribute to parents, child care providers, community stakeholders, funders and the general population.

      Children’s Media Project

      $1,499

      Grant funds will be used to purchase two new MacBook Pro computers for use in educational programs.

      Common Ground Farm

      $3,000

      Grant funds will be used for the repair, maintenance and operating costs of equipment to increase the capacity of the mission-driven work of getting locally-grown, healthy vegetables to low-income people in Southern Dutchess.

      Common Ground Farm

      $1,000

      Common Ground Farm Soil Health Project: Grant funds will help us to increase the soil health of our land. Our plan is three fold- to cover crop several acres, while leaving some acreage fallow to rest; adding compost on 4 acres; and adding soil amendments to fertilize next seasons crops. Providing funding for this purpose will have a huge impact in the stabilization of our organization and increase the capacity of our mission-driven work of getting locally-grown, healthy vegetables to low-income people in Southern Dutchess.

      Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response

      $498

      Video Recording Equipment for Increased Training Capacity for MRC of Dutchess County: Purchase of video and audio recording equipment to record training sessions conducted by the MRC of Dutchess County to increase the number of volunteers who are able to complete this training and respond to an emergency.

      Dutchess County Historical Society

      $1,000

      Grant funds will be used to purchase a laptop computer for a staff member and a desktop computer to manage membership files.

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $2,000

      Computer Upgrades to Improve Operations and Increase Efficiency: We plan to upgrade several desktop computers. The equipment will be used for faster data entry, more efficient report generation, and better communication with stake holders.

      Dutchess Outreach

      $2,500

      Beverly Closs Food Pantry: To supplement the food pantry supply fund to purchase food when the pantry stock is low or lacking nutritional value to ensure we meet the increased demand of food-insecure individuals and families in Dutchess County.

      Housatonic Valley Association

      $1,500

      Grant funds will be used to purchase plants for a Demonstration Rain Garden on the property of the North East Community Center, adjacent to the Millerton rail trail, to raise public awareness about a “solvable” environmental problem—storm water runoff, the number one cause of river and stream pollution.

      Hudson River Housing

      $3,500

      Security Camera System for HRH Admin Building: Funding will support the purchase of security camera equipment for our Administrative headquarters site, as well as backup hardware for video data.  We expect this equipment will help us offer a safer environment for our staff and clients, as well as a more secure building safeguarding client records, computer equipment, and client payments such as cash rental receipts.

      Kids R Kids Feeding Program

      $1,000

      Grant funds will purchase a color laser all-in-one printer/copier/scanner/fax that will facilitate the printing of all marketing materials. In July a billboard display and a banner across Main Street, Beacon, will enhance public awareness of the Summer Meals Program in Beacon and increase the number of children being served at the various sites throughout the City.

      Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

      $2,200

      Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project (VMFAP): Expand Legal Services of the Hudson Valley's Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project community collaborations as the organization continues its efforts to better serve clients in need. Design and implement community outreach activities and educational programs to raise awareness of this program and the services it provides, as well as the number of client intakes in Dutchess County and clients-family members positively impacted by LSHV's advocacy, referrals and, or legal representation.

      Lexington Center for Recovery

      $2,000

      Lexington's EMR: Lexington will be transferring all administrative and clinical operations to an Electronic Medical Record software program starting in October. In order to maximize the benefit of the EMR, we need to upgrade many of the computers currently being used by our clinical and administrative staff. This grant request is seeking to purchase new computers and network routers needed to achieve this upgrade at our Dutchess County programs.

      Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation

      $872

      Grant funds will be used to purchase a laptop computer for the Executive Director, which will enable her to work while on the road and share documents at board meetings.

      Mill Street Loft

      $3,500

      Arts for Healing: Pilot Programs: Piloting of Arts for Healing programs to new populations, including military and veterans' families, adults with developmental disabilities, and children on the autistic spectrum, in order to roll out full programming in one year. Request includes planning and five pilot sessions for each population.

      Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley

      $3,000

      Care. No Matter What. Efficiency Project: As America gets ready to implement the Affordable Care Act and insurance coverage expands to millions more people by 2014, Planned Parenthood  Mid-Hudson Valley must provide staff with the most efficient technology required to streamline our workflow systems and ensure that we are prepared to meet this increased demand in services.

      Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW (Association of University Women)

      $1,500

      Leading to Reading: The grant will be used to purchase new books,  materials, and bags to create family reading kits.  These will be distributed to children taking part in educational programs at partner agencies in order to enhance their literacy programs. Materials are also provided to children who are involved in traumatic situations.

      Poughkeepsie Day Nursery, Inc.          

      $2,000 

      Grant funding will be used to fix playground equipment, which will help the children work on their physical and social skills. The aim is to encourage outdoor play as a way to help keep the children physically fit.

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $1,000

      The grant will enable the Project to develop pop-up gardens in Poughkeepsie; attend community outreach events to build understanding of the importance of growing and eating healthy, local food; provide start-up materials for community members interested in gardening; and create an online presence to communicate with the community.

      Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

      $1,682

      Grant funds will be used to purchase a PC and endpoint security (virus scan) to reduce exposure to technology-related risks and to fund the migration of the RTDC website hosting and user training to allow for better collaboration, service, usability and growth opportunities.

      Salvation Army of Greater New York

      $3,650

      The Salvation Army Poughkeepsie Corps Emergency Feeding Programs, Equipment Upgrade: To accommodate the increased numbers of emergency feeding clients, the Poughkeepsie Corps Community Center must upgrade old, faltering, and under-sized kitchen equipment with new and commercial size machinery.  The equipment that must be replaced including a steam table, mixer, juice dispenser, and several smaller pieces of kitchen equipment and utensils.

      Stanford Free Library

      $1,500

      Grant funds will be used to replace the existing printer/copier that is used by patrons and library staff. The new machine will provide greater efficiency for daily work flow.

      Stony Kill Foundation

      $4,000

      Stonykill Foundation Tractor Essentials: Funds will support the purchase of attachments and replacement parts for a recently-acquired used tractor, which will soon be vital for the running and maintenance of Stony Kill Farm, its crops, livestock, educational and environmental programs,  Barn, Greenhouse, other buildings, and fundraising.

      The Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

      $3,000

      Grant funds will purchase eight new tables for the Dining/Meeting Room, which serves as a multipurpose meeting, dining, event and children's activity space throughout the year.

      Trinity United Methodist Church

      $3,000

      Generator for Emergency Relief: Funds will support the purchase and installation of an emergency generator and for the necessary accessory equipment and electrical lines that are required to provide our food pantry's four refrigerators and two freezers with an uninterrupted power supply in the event of a power failure.
    • 2012 Grant Recipients 

      Abilities First, Inc.

      $1,606

      Funds will be used to purchase medical training equipment: (1) one Entral Feeding Pump, (2) two Injection Training Models, and (3) three Otoscopes and Ophthalmoscopes. This equipment will be used by staff nurses to train Abilities First's direct support staff so they may properly provide basic medical care to the people with disabilities they serve. The Injection Training Models will also be used to train participants who must self inject their routine medication.

      Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Inc.

      $2,000

      Purchase of two Tough Books made by Panasonic two replace existing computers.

      Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.

      $1,500

      Purchase of computers to increase capacity and efficiency in daily work activities and to support the web-based documents and matrices for submission as part of national Quality Assurance.

      Children's Media Project

      $2,930.83

      The purchase of four new video cameras, a portable green screen, two mini projectors, and two portable projection screens will facilitate the expansion of Children's Media Project programs to locations throughout the Hudson Valley. This grant would allow CMP to run multiple off-site after-school media programs to raise CMP's profile and revenue while fulfilling their core mission of teaching youth to understand and create their own media.

      Dutchess County Arts Council - Arts Mid-Hudson

      $1,500

      Purchasing new computers will increase efficiency and utilize best practices in office operations providing the ability to load and operate programs for database management, fundraising, and web building/image storage.

      Dutchess Outreach, Inc.

      $2,000

      To supplement the Food Pantry's supply fund to purchase food when the pantry stock is low or lacking nutritional value to ensure they meet the increased demand of food-insecure individuals and families in Dutchess County.

      Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

      $2,890

      Purchase and transition to a web-based donor management system that will facilitate more efficient gift processing, data collection for donor and prospect management, and enhanced donor communications and relationship-building.

      Family Services, Inc.

      $1,500

      This funding will offer the opportunity for training and certification of 10 Battered Women's Services staff and volunteers in the use of "The Danger Assessment", an instrument that helps to determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner.

      Hopewell Depot Restoration Corporation

      $1,760

      Purchase of Trex to complete the decking around the building.  The building is fully handicapped accessible.  Trex were chosen to eliminate the need for ongoing paint and repair. In addition, Trex is a "green material", made in the U.S. and turning plastic grocery bags and discarded wood scraps into beautiful decking material. The decking will be installed by skilled volunteers.

      Hopewell Depot Restoration Corporation

      $1,700

      Purchase of cash register, software, bar code label printing system, and laptop computer to facilitate sales in the visitor center. Sales are made by a team of volunteers who currently use a cash-box and hand-written records. They need a user-friendly system to keep accurate sales and sales tax records, and to enable them to accept debit and credit cards.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $1,500

      Funding toward upgrading, modernizing, and implementing redundancy of our computer network and improving cyber security throughout the organization.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $1,750

      Training staff at the DCCH homeless shelter in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to improve their ability to de-escalate and react appropriately to the many mental health situations they encounter. Staff also needs training in CPR/AED/First Aid to ensure client safety during medical emergencies.

      Kids Place A Place for Kids To Be II, Inc.

      $1,300

      After school program for middle school students at KIDS PLACE. The grant request is for the purchase of equipment- (3 computers) to provide computer skills training for youth. They will install and train the youth on the basic computer skills. The expected outcome is that seven (70%) will improve the basic skills needed for the many uses of computers.

      Meals on Wheels of Wappingers Falls

      $2,400

      Purchase of new hot and cold containers used to carry the prepared food to the clients. Purchase of a new freezer for purchased food used in preparing the meals for the clients.

      Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Inc.

      $949

      Purchase computer for the agency's financial operations to allow for software upgrades and expanded fund development software capacity.

      Mid-Hudson Workshop for the Disabled, Inc.

      $1,100

      Purchase of several pieces of machine shop fabrication equipment to improve and make more efficient various fabrication/assembly operations required to serve their customers' needs.

      Mill Street Loft, Inc.

      $1,000

      Professional programming fees for the upgrade of Mill Street Loft's website to allow for site use on tablets and smartphones and increased registration via our online shopping portal.

      Neighborhood Economic and Cultural Activity Program, Inc.

      $1,000

      Funds to provide professional development for New Hope Director and staff as well the purchase of audio visual equipment and program support.

      North East Community Center

      $1,280

      Funds to carry out a nutrition education and recipe testing project with children (grades K to 6) in our after-school program. The project will allow us to identify children's healthy food preferences, and this information will be used in menu selection for our Summer Food Service Program in 2013.

      Poughkeepsie Day Nursery, Inc.

      $800

      Purchase of a new computer for the children's library along with software for the children to use on the computer.

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $1,355

      This grant will help establish a garden at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project that is dedicated to advancing youth learning and development by supplementing school subjects and encouraging healthy eating.  The funds will be used to equip the physical space and provide staff training to adapt our curriculum to connecting hands-on experiences in the garden to science and math learning objectives.

      Poughkeepsie Public Library District

      $1,000

      The grant monies will be used to purchase copies of the book "The Maltese Falcon" for the school districts involved in The Big Read and to pay for buses to transport the students to programs at Marist, DCC, Vassar, and The Bardavon.  Field trips for high schools and middle schools are nearly non-existent in the current economy and the only way to ensure that participating students can attend these excellent, educational programs is for the library district to cover the transportation costs.

      Stony Kill Foundation

      $2,020

      Purchase of a new computer, bookkeeping software, a multi-function copy machine, digital projector and portable PA system. The computer, software and multi-function printer will allow the Board, staff and volunteers to easily communicate with each other as we streamline and update the Foundation's administrative and financial capabilities.  The projector and PA system will enhance and facilitate our educational and community events.

      The REAL Skills Network Inc.

      $1,819.48

      Purchase of a copy, print and fax machine that will improve R.E.A.L. Skills Network's ability to provide curriculum materials for our after-school and summer initiatives, communicate with students, parents and the community, and enhance administrative operations.

      Trinity United Methodist Church Food Pantry

      $2,895

      Purchase of a new 6' x 10' enclosed trailer which will (1) provide dependable transportation for the nearly two tons of food that are now required for our monthly food distributions, (2) streamline the process of restocking the food pantry by using fewer vehicles, thereby reducing reimbursement costs to volunteer drivers, and (3) ensure that the food that is received arrives at the food pantry undamaged from exposure to the elements.

      Trinity United Methodist Church Food Pantry

      $2,500

      Funds from a grant would supplement the small mid-year grants we now receive from NYS and the United Way, whose contributions are subject to the fluctuations of the economy and the generosity of their donors. The grant would help us meet the demands of our 2012 food pantry budget, allowing us to purchase the food and supplies we need to serve a growing number of low income families and individuals who come to us from the greater LaGrange area.

    • 2011 Grant Recipients 

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc.

      $895

      The new Director of Development will experience a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that covers researching funding sources and writing and reviewing real proposals.

      Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Inc.

      $2,057

      Purchase of new computers to update outdated equipment.

      Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council           

      $1,500

      Funding to expand the Scoutreach Program, which provides scouting opportunities to multi-cultural youth who traditionally have not been able to participate.

      Catharine Street Community Center     

      $1,500

      Support for the cost of a Spanish Language Teacher who will train employees in conversational Spanish to improve communication between staff, children, parents and families.

      Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse         

      $981.19

      This grant will support administrative staff to attend NYCON’s Camp Finance.

      Children's Media Project

      $2,300

      Funding to purchase a Quad-Core Mac Pro (computer) and Final Cut Studio Academic software (for editing video) to be used for our media education programs and our production house.

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $1,900

      Purchase of a second anesthesia machine for the medical clinic. This purchase accomplishes two things: it allows the DCSPCA to expand capacity to serve 400 more low-income pet owners and it saves the lives of more animals.

      Dutchess Outreach      

      $3,000

      Funds from this grant will purchase nutritional protein enriched foods when the Food Pantry stock is low on items containing protein.

      Greater Newburgh YMCA      

      $1,500

      Funding to support YMCA’s Leaders Club at Roy C. Ketcham High School, which is open to any youth in grades 7-12. Leaders Club is an intensive and comprehensive teen program, providing club members with opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, service to others, and social development.

      Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County

      $1,998

      Professional Development for the Executive Director.

      Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center           

      $1,360

      A mobile room divider will be purchased to create two classroom areas and provide an area to display student work and projects.

      Heart of Pine Plains Community Center, Inc.    

      $1,500

      Purchase of a dishwasher, kitchen cabinets and counter top to improve the function and safety of the kitchen area for current and future programs and during events when the building is used as a community emergency shelter.

      Hudson River Housing, Inc.

      $3,000

      Funding for the purchase of furniture and supplies needed to expand capacity of the River Haven Shelter, which serves runaway and homeless teens.

      Literacy Connections   

      $1,175

      To purchase a digital projector and a light-weight laptop for a new Tutor Training program.

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Inc.  

      $1,500

      To support “A Welcoming Door,” a new program for families served by the county’s foster care program. Natural parents and their children will spend time together at the Children’s Museum in a supportive environment to foster a better relationship.

      Mid-Hudson Workshop for the Disabled, Inc.

      $1,500

      Purchase of four pieces of machine shop fabrication equipment and accessories.

      Mill Street Loft, Inc.    

      $2,800

      To procure a sound system for Mill Street Loft's new center in Beacon at the River Center to facilitate components of Youth Outreach Programs, Dutchess Arts Camp and multiple performances by area youth and special guest artists, including "open mike" nights, poetry readings and end-of-program sharing with friends, family and the general public.

      Millbrook Free Library

      $1,000

      Purchase of new monitors for patron use that replaces outdated monitors purchased in 2002. This purchase allows the library to continue providing library patrons and area residents with the only free computer and Internet access in the community.

      Neighborhood Economic and Cultural Activity Program, Inc.    

      $1,500

      To purchase books, office furniture and supplies to replace those lost during Tropical Storm Irene flooding and subsequent flooding the week after.

      No Strings Attached Food Pantry        

      $1,200

      Funds to replace a single door commercial freezer used to rotate meat stock according to its age and USDA food safety and handling procedures.

      North East Community Center 

      $1,500

      To add a greenhouse and canning supplies to the "Edible Schoolyard" vegetable garden at Webutuck High School. This will provide more fresh produce for cafeteria lunches and the opportunity to preserve food that cannot be used immediately throughout the winter.

      Northeastern New York American Red Cross

      $2,000

      Purchase of software for an automated "call down" disaster response system and for enhanced training capacity to help support disaster relief and training in Dutchess County.

      Nubian Directions II, Inc.   

      $2,000 

      To outfit the organization’s new collaborative Beacon location with chairs, tables, smart technology equipment and computers. The newly open Beacon Community Resource Center will provide services to City of Beacon residents addressing critical areas that foster personal growth, family empowerment, and community development.

      Poughkeepsie Public Library District

      $2,000

      Grant will be used to purchase books for the participating school districts and to pay for buses to transport students to Big Read programs at Marist College, Dutchess Community College, Vassar College, the Bardavon Theater and Barnes and Noble.

      Sixty Six Washington Street, Inc.

      $2,000

      Interfaith Towers has created a computer training program so seniors can learn how to access and use the Internet, allowing them more access to the outside world. Grant will be used to replace two computers in an effort to increase learning opportunities for seniors.

      Stanford Free Library

      $1,000

      Purchase of video and audio equipment which will allow the library to expand programming for all age groups and also encourage local organizations to use the community room for special presentations.

      Walkway Over the Hudson

      $1,500

      Funds to purchase a new laptop computer, a power point projector and software upgrade.
    • 2010 Grant Recipients 

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $2,450

      Provide training in effective youth food system programming for the Farm Project’s Education Manager to incorporate and share lesson learned in program plans and training of Education Assistants to support the launch of City Seeds, a new high school gardening and youth development program at Poughkeepsie High School.

      Alzheimer's Association

      $1,000

      Support for the "Time Away" Caregiver Respite Program that provides Dutchess County caregivers with information and financial assistance to help them obtain respite care in extraordinary and emergency situations. These funds will allow caregivers to tend to their own health needs or the needs of other family members, knowing that their loved one is being well cared for.

      Children’s Media Project

      $3,000

      After conducting a needs assessment of their equipment and software, funds will be used to purchase a Cannon video camera, four Flip cameras and a desktop iMac editing computer for media education workshops.

      Clinton Community Library

      $2,054

      Support for the purchase of public access computers for adult use. The Clinton Community Library is the sole provider of Public Access to computational services and the Internet in the entire Town of Clinton.

      Common Ground Farm

      $3,000

      Common Ground Farm, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Green Teen Community Gardening program and the Beacon Housing Authority will hold a market targeted seniors at a subsidized lunch on Fridays.

      Community Resources and Service Center, Inc.

      $945

      Development of a Web site to promote the organization. The availability of a Web site will allow for linkage to local and county-wide web sites, which will enhance the opportunity for greater communication and coordination of human services at many levels.

      Dutchess County BOCES

      $1,000

      Training will provide a professional development opportunity for the BOCES/ Alternative High School educational and clinical staff to improve their skills in facilitating the disadvantaged students' capacity to attend to their academic work, while also creating an environment increasingly conducive to learning and improved emotional functioning.

      Dutchess County SPCA

      $1,350

      With the help of this grant, three Animal Services staff were sent to the Humane Society of the US Animal Care Expo in Nashville last month. This three-day conference offered over 60 workshops on topics such as Shelter Services, Fundraising, Building Humane Communities, Pets at Risk, and Emergency Services.

      Dutchess Outreach, Inc.

      $3,000

      Purchase of nutritional foods for the Food Pantry containing protein. Donations from food drives and concerned individuals make up the majority of the pantry supplies, but when the items are not balanced in nutritional value, they have to purchase food and need to keep a fund constantly available for such times.

      Friends of Seniors of Dutchess County, Inc.

      $991

      This grant will help Friends of Seniors purchase a copier, scanner, printer and fax machine. They have had an office for over a year now without this equipment, and as you can imagine this equipment is essential to their effective operation.

      Grace Smith House, Inc.

      $2,715

      Purchase of equipment required to make ID badges for staff, record training sessions for future use, and produce an "Introduction to Family Court" DVD that will aid women affected by domestic violence as they navigate the family court system.

      Greater Newburgh YMCA

      $2,700

      Funds to assist with bus transportation for children from the Dutchess County area to Camp Robbins located in Walden, NY. It is the hope that offering bus service directly from Dutchess County to the camp facility will enable working parents an opportunity to send their children without the conflict of time, distance or added cost.

      Harriet Tubman Academic Skills and Enrichment Program

      $3,000

      Purchase of tables and chairs for K/1 students, book cases and storage cabinets for teachers and a mobile room divider to divide two of the classroom areas at their downtown Poughkeepsie center.

      Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

      $950

      Purchase of an LCD projector which will be instrumental for use in Dutchess and Ulster counties for services to pro se litigants, in particular for pro se matrimonial clinics.

      Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Inc.

      $2,900

      Funding for the replacement of four computers that will enable daily operations to be managed more efficiently and allow staff to be more responsive to their membership and their needs.

      Mid-Hudson Love INC

      $1,000

      Purchase of a copy machine and headsets for Intake Phone Volunteers at The Clearinghouse for improved efficiency and a reduction of expenses of old copier/outsourced copying to provide more resources to meet client needs.

      North East Community Center

      $1,000

      This grant will help establish a vegetable garden on the Webutuck school grounds that will be tended by children in the After-School program during school months and by teen interns in the Community Partnership with Schools and Business in the summer. The garden will promote healthy outdoor activity; good eating and nutrition habits; and agricultural, science, and business education for all these youth.

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $2,400

      This grant will be used to cover the costs of staff time to develop interactive curriculum for three different age groups for each season (spring, summer and fall) in preparation for facilitating effective farm-based learning experiences in 2010.

      Poughkeepsie Public Library District

      $2,000

      Grant monies will be used to purchase books for the participating schools districts and to help pay for buses to transport the students to Big Read 2010 events. Programs will be offered at Marist, DCC, Vassar, and The Bardavon Theater. As field trips for high schools and middle schools are nearly non-existent in the current fiscal situation, the only way to ensure that all participating students in the Greater Poughkeepsie Area can attend these trips is for the library district to help cover the transportation costs.

      Saint Francis Health Care Foundation

      $1,660

      The grant to Saint Francis Health Care Foundation will help in the purchase of a laptop and software for their Certified Home Health Services. The laptops allow the nurses to implement “Point of Care.” Nurses/therapists chart on the laptops during the visit. The software allows them to use certain tools for care planning, medication management, among other services.

      Saint Francis Healthcare Foundation

      $2,989.92

      Funding for the purchase of slings for use with their Arjo Dependent Lifter for inpatients and an Eva Walker and a Standing & Raising Aid for inpatients as well as for demonstration purposes for outpatients of Saint Francis’ The Therapy Connection. This equipment will reduce the necessity for staff to manually lift/transfer patients, enhancing patient safety and comfort and lessening staff exposure to occupational injury.

      Somos La Llave del Futuro

      $3,000

      Somos Seguridad is a new program dedicated to helping the immigrant population navigate the system in obtaining proper identification (passports, etc), IRS tax assistance, opening bank accounts, applying for related social services, and using the network of community promoters that Somos La Llave has established. The goal is to help these people live a more safe, independent, harmonious and healthy life in the US, and be less of a burden on society.

      The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

      $978

      Support for the purchase of three new computers to replace outdated units and a Network Storage Device to provide data storage back-up for The Center. This equipment is essential for the safe storage of data compiled on the children served by the agency.

      Trinity United Methodist Church

      $2,067

      Support for their food pantry budget for 2011, which will make it possible to serve the increasing number of people who need assistance. Funds will be used to purchase a heavy-duty food storage cabinet and a dolly that will make the storage cabinet more accessible when large amounts of food and supplies are off-loaded and food is packaged for monthly distribution.
    Community Response Grants - Putnam County
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Building Bridges Building Boats

      $1,500

      Funds will be used to purchase supplies and pay salaries to maintain and refurbish three boats for use in youth summer programming. BBBB works to enrich the lives of children and adults through boat building, Hudson River experience, and community service. BBBB has been getting people of all ages out on the Hudson River since inception 15 years ago. 
      buildingboats.org

      Emmanuel House International

      $2,000

      Funds will be used to provide resources and materials to in-need moms and moms-to-be to create and maintain a safe and healthy household for their children. Examples include providing diapers or formula or finding a safe haven when a mom is in need of an emergency shelter due to unsafe housing or domestic violence. Additionally, free classes and activities will be offered for clients to learn how to care for, engage with, and provide for their children.
      www.EmmanuelHouseInternational.org

      Hudson Valley Seed

      $2,000

      Funding will support the professional development of the Hudson Valley Seed Putnam County educator, including conference admissions fees and the purchase of new publications in the field of garden education. Professional development will greatly increase the educator’s ability to stay abreast of new learning in the field of garden education and connect her with teaching resources so that she can be the best possible teacher for students.
      www.hudsonvalleyseed.org

      Philipstown Depot Theatre

      $2,000

      A new Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) database system will be purchased in order to improve efficiency of data entry, tracking of revenues, and cultivating new donors.  It will promote a streamlining of routine processes and provide improved database analysis capability. This new database will better define existing constituents, generate relevant and timely reports, target prospects more effectively, and keep better track of giving history. Ultimately staff efficiency will be increased, outreach efforts will be improved and data will be more secure.
      www.philipstowndepottheatre.org

      Putnam History Museum

      $2,000

      Hardware and software will be purchased to catalog and digitize the Museum's collection of historic photographs. The Museum has a significant and large collection of 19th and early 20th century photographs that document the history of the Cold Spring and Garrison, New York region. This collection includes photographs of the West Point Foundry and early work of the photographer Peter A. Juley. Digitizing the collection will give greater access to more people beyond even Putnam County.               
      www.putnamhistorymuseum.org

      Tompkins Corners Cultural Center

      $500

      Funds will be used towards the purchase and installation of a professional quality movie screen which will facilitate regular monthly film screenings drawing an expanded audience. The Center’s mission is to preserve the historic Tompkins Corners Methodist Church and to promote and develop community and cultural interest through the arts and cultural activities open to the general public. Creating an arts and cultural center is an investment that will further a long-term strategy for growth and youth retention, as well as short-term responses to the community's need for a robust center for the arts.
      www.tompkinscorners.org
    Community Response Grants - Ulster County
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Arm of the Sea Productions

      $1,625

      A laptop computer and digital projector will be purchased with the grant. The equipment will be strategically utilized in the organization's audience outreach efforts, in its artist-in-residence programs, and for its upcoming development project on the Saugerties waterfront. These devices will increase the organization's capacity to communicate effectively with presenters, funders, students, audience members, and community stakeholders.  
      www.armofthesea.org

      Center for Creative Education

      $3,000

      Funds will be used to purchase a sound system for the new dance studio and update the main office computer. These critical upgrades will increase the ability to serve the more than 200 youth who come to the Center. CCE is now in its 27th year of providing arts education programs to low-income and at-risk children and youth.
      www.cce4me.org

      Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Ulster County

      $1,250

      The grant will be used to update CASA’s webpage and extend technical support. This will allow for swift and effective communication with volunteers, sponsors, and donors. The upgrade will help to increase outreach to potential volunteers and donors, as well publicize timely information related to the population of children served.
      www.casaulster.org

      Family of Woodstock

      $1,500

      Funding will be used towards the renovation of a new administrative and adolescent services office including wall removal, air conditioning installation and upgrading wiring for phones and computers. The building was purchased to address the need for additional case manager space and to allow the agency to continue to grow and provide additional services to the community.     
      http://www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/

      Historic Huguenot Street

      $2,000

      Funds will be used to help purchase a professional podium and sound system to enhance and allow for growth of public programs, tours, and development events. With new, more reliable equipment, HHS will be able to put on professional lectures, meetings, and events as well as invite more distinguished guests to speak and other institutions to use the space.
      www.huguenotstreet.org

      Hudson River Maritime Museum

      $2,743

      A server will be purchased with the grant to back up the digitized files of over 16,000 items, including an oral history collection, an extensive art, photo, ephemera, and document collection and three dimensional objects and artwork. This will guarantee public access, build broader audiences, and allow for the production of online art exhibits. Staff has received extensive training in digitization, joined Hudson River Valley Heritage, a regional online repository for digitized archival materials, and has begun uploading files to the website.
      www.hrmm.org

      Kingston YMCA Farm Project

      $2,000

      The funds will be used to purchase educational resources and cooking tools to enhance and strengthen education programs with 3 -18 year olds and Ulster County Healthy Families. Additionally, it will be used to expand programming to educate all students in grades pre-K-4 at George Washington Elementary school. The Farm Project works with over 400 youth in the City of Kingston through direct experiences in the soil and among the plants growing at the Farm.
      www.kingstonymcafarmproject.org

      People's Place

      $3,000

      A new database program will be purchased with the grant which will help implement a new computer program for client services. The existing database will be converted to the new system to better track the analytics of program services, who uses them, and their profile and provide a higher level of security. Additionally, it will be used to help determine needs and develop future programming for community members.
      http://www.peoplesplaceuc.org/

      Phillies Bridge Farm Project

      $1,032

      The grant will be used towards professional development courses through the Cornell Cooperative Extension Small Farms Program in financial planning, climate-smart farming, CPR/AED first aid certification for staff, as well as training in grant proposal writing, board oversight and governance, and alternative fundraising for members of the volunteer board of directors. Development in these core areas will further the staff and board’s ability to effectively and safely run farm programs.
      philliesbridge.org

      The Susie Reizod Foundation

      $1,000

      Funds will be used to purchase new backpacks and shoes for economically disadvantaged school-aged children living in Ulster County. Children are embarrassed, reluctant, and unable to attend school and participate in academic activities without appropriate shoes and school items. These items will help to enhance the academic preparation, school attendance and academic participation of the children.
      www.thesusiereizodfoundation.org

      Ulster County Historical Society

      $1,400

      The grant will be used to help purchase a laptop, large bed scanner, backup drive, and software to increase capability to have accessible collections data for the museum and library collection. Having a large scanner will allow for the accommodation of larger formatted documents, such as land deeds, wills, and other larger formatted documents. Being able to scan photograph and print material will increase efficiency and online availability of the collections.
      www.ulstercountyhs.org

      Ulster Literacy Association

      $1,500

      Funds will be used to increase work space and storage capacity. Cabinets will be installed, a wall will be built to divide a large space and the kitchenette will be outfitted with a sink. These changes are necessary to accommodate a growing staff and increase efficiency.
      www.ulsterliteracy.org

      Wawarsing Council of Agencies - c/o the Rose Women's Care Service

      $2,450

      Funding will be used for the facilitation of six Community Forums that will allow the Council to better understand and respond to the changing and diverse needs of the Ellenville/Wawarsing community. In addition a consultant will be hired to facilitate with the Council, a day-long Community Based Strategic Planning Session in order to develop new outreach strategies to improve communications and connections within the community. The Council is committed to improving access to health and human services, as well as connect people to resources that can improve their overall health and wellness. 
       https://www.facebook.com/Wawarsing-Council-of-Agencies-188456501180171/timeline/
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Ulster County (CASA)

      $2,260

      The funds will supply the CASA office with a desktop computer and an updated CasaManager system to protect confidential files, network with outside offices and effectively track developmental, educational, medical, and legal details of all the children served. CASA works to ensure that children find the safety and love of a permanent home as quickly as possible and that they get the support they need to heal from the trauma that forced them into foster care. 

      Family of Woodstock, Inc.

      $3,000

      Funds will be used to purchase a new phone system for the Family of Woodstock Hotline. The program is also preparing to respond to text messages and the software for implementing this will also allow the program, for the first time, to keep programmatic statistics on the computer. Family of Woodstock’s mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services. 

      Historic Huguenot Street

      $2,400

      The funds will be used to purchase computer equipment and an update to its QuickBooks point-of-sale software to improve operations in its physical and online museum shop, which is an important revenue stream for the organization, in order to enhance organizational capacity and further sustainability. HHS’s mission is to engage, educate, and challenge a diverse audience by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the buildings, objects, documents, and stories of the Huguenots’ multicultural journey in America.

      Kingston YMCA Farm Project

      $500

      The funds will provide leadership training to the Farmer and Educator of the Kingston YMCA Farm Project which is an urban, educational farm in Midtown Kingston, aiming to connect the dots between growing and eating healthy food. Through participation in the five day training called The Art of Leadership, by the Rockwood Leadership Institute, she will increase her ability to lead, develop, cultivate partnerships, and sustain the Farm Project potential.

      People’s Place

      $3,000

      The funds will provide a new donation/sponsor software system to update the management and Board of Directors with setting strategic financial goals, nurturing annual funding sources, reviewing past donor profiles, cultivating continued partnerships with business and personal donors, and communicating gratitude. The mission of People’s Place is to feed and clothe the unemployed, the physically and mentally challenged, working poor and elderly in Ulster County by responding to their most essential needs, through the generosity of the community. 

      Phillies Bridge Farm Project

      $1,450

      The funds will provide tools and materials for maintenance and improvement of the Education and Discovery Gardens and Nature Trail, which are used as teaching sites during education programs for students of all ages, ranging from pre-school to college level, even adult and senior citizen workshops. PBFP demonstrates and promotes local agriculture that is ecologically sound, community oriented, and economically viable through farm demonstrations, educational programs, apprenticeships, research, dissemination of information, distribution of food to those in need, and the operation of a working farm.

      Rondout Valley Growers Association (RVGA)

      $1,450

      The funds will be used to create an inter-generational hands-on farm experience, Rondout Valley Farm Day. Funds will allow RVGA to develop an accompanying farm field guide for students and their parents from the Rondout Valley, to deepen the burgeoning farm to school connection, and provide a lasting impact for those participants- farmers, students, parents and teachers. RVGA’s mission is to foster a sustainable economy, a healthy environment, and build community and a sense of place by enhancing the connections between people and local agriculture, and by preserving agricultural open space for future generations.

      Saint James UMC Outreach

      $3,000

      The funds will allow for the purchase of a commercial grade dishwasher and walk-in cooler to help renovate the commercial kitchen space. This will allow for teaching community cooking classes with the possibility of developing a product line that would support their charitable work and create jobs. These items will also enhance the capacity to provide hot meals from the kitchen to people in need. www.stjames-kingston.org/

      Shadowland Artists, Inc.

      $2,800

      The funds will provide new and replacement wireless headset equipment for the production staff in order to expand, upgrade and modernize wireless equipment in an effort to establish and improve communications during each performance. This will improve the professional productions and enhance worker safety, while connecting aspects of the building and staff that have not been previously connected. www.shadowlandtheatre.org/

      The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

      $1,500

      The funds go towards the purchase of the Committee for Children's Second Step Child Protection Unit and a projector. This will allow the Personal Safety Program to establish evidence-based curriculum which features research-based prevention and intervention components, including training and resources for school staff, classroom activities, and materials for families. With a mission to prevent child abuse, the Center provides sexual abuse prevention education to more than 10,000 children in Dutchess County and over 1,400 students in Ulster County.

      Ulster Literacy Association

      $734

      The funds will provide a laser color printer and toners, allowing the association to migrate the printing of brochures, flyers, donor mailings and tutor training materials in-house. The goal of the ULA is to empower people through the gift of literacy. The Association provides free programs to teach adults reading at the lowest levels how to achieve their personal and professional goals. Trained volunteers work one on one with people in the community who want to learn to read, write and speak English. 

      Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association

      $2,000

      The funds will allow for the purchase of a better quality and more affordable donor management software and also update current versions of operations software for the WVRTA office computers. WVRTA is dedicated to promoting the preservation, protection and balanced use of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, assisting in maintenance of the trail and promoting public awareness for its environmental value and historic significance. 

      Wild Earth Wilderness School

      $800

      The funds will unify Wild Earth’s data, fundraising, program registration, email marketing and all customer relationship management to one single platform to optimize fundraising, program and marketing efforts. Wild Earth Wilderness School's vision is that every person from every walk of life will have opportunities to play, explore and learn in nature and experience the joy of stronger connections to themselves, each other and the Earth. Wild Earth works to get kids and adults back outside, into the woods and up the mountains, wading in streams, playing, exploring and learning in the natural world with inspiring mentors. 

      Women's Studio Workshop (WSW)

      $1,100

      The funds will provide new office equipment for expansion, including software to be used for the Art in Education program; facilitating community involvement, increasing organizational efficiency, and modernizing general programming. WSW’s mission is to operate and maintain an artists' work space that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, to provide professional opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers, and to promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.
    • 2014 Grant Recipients 

      CASA of Ulster County

      $2,250

      In response to a growing number of children in foster care, the addition of a third family court judge and the need for more volunteers; funds will purchase marketing materials to increase the diversity of its volunteers, and furniture to accommodate them.

      Family of Woodstock

      $1,500

      Funds will be used for a Spanish speaking aide to facilitate communication with Spanish speaking youth in the afterschool program. The aid will also facilitate communication with the parents of the youth to better identify family needs.

      Friends of Historic Kingston

      $540

      Funds will go to the installation of loaned of works of art and artifacts, as well as publication of the catalog for the exhibition "Jervis McEntee: Kingston's Hudson River School Artist" . The exhibition will run from from May to Oct. 2015.

      Happy To Help Food Pantry

      $1,200

      Funds will be used to purchase two upright freezers to expand capacity to provide quality, safe food assistance to their growing client base.

      Junior League of Kingston

      $3,000

      Funding will be used for materials and supplies for the construction of Kingston Kinderland II. The new structure, comprised of more than 30 interactive components will reflect the history and culture of our region with one-of-a-kind play structures, including a Kingston Lighthouse and Senate House reproduction.

      Mount Tremper Arts

      $1,000

      Funds will help to purchase a MacBook Air laptop computer and Microsoft Office software for the newly hired Director of Programs. This computer, with the noted software, represents essential equipment for this growing organization.

      People's Place

      $1,900

      Funding will help to purchase a depository safe,  lightweight tables, and shelving to use in the food pantry and thrift store to enhance security, visibility and ease of access of items and maintain cleanliness.

      Resource Center for Accessible Living

      $975

      Funds will be used to provide Disability Awareness training about blindness to school aged children with hands on activities that are designed to change attitudes and encourage acceptance of people with visual impairments.

      Shadowland Theatre

      $1,500

      The grant will help towards funding the purchase of Customer Relations Management software for operations at the Shadowland Theatre.  This new software will help to upgrade and unify their database(s) and website, connect to QuickBooks, allow online ticket sales for the first time, and improve marketing, accounting and donor relations.

      The Children's Home of Kingston

      $1,700

      Funding will help to purchase cafeteria tables with attached benches. These tables and benches will ensure safety and durability for staff and clients.  They will also stand the test of time so the number of years that they will be used is significantly longer than existing cafeteria furniture.

      Ulster County Historical Society

      $1,500

      Funding will help to upgrade display cases for rotating exhibits and improve storage capacity for reserve collections including the Will Plank Civil War Collection.

      Ulster Literacy Association

      $694

      Educational materials will be purchased for the reference library for tutors and their learners. Learning materials utilized are highly specialized and costly but once purchased, they can be utilized for many years by our community.

      Woodstock Artists Association & Museum

      $540

      New equipment will  be purchased to increase general office productivity, facilitate collection and database management, improve digital imaging workflow, improve  the appearance and presentation  of exhibitions, enhance the value of interpretive text panels and generally improve the look of materials  produced in-house.

      YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County

      $1,700

      Funds will help to purchase a commercial refrigerator that will increase the capacity of the farm's ability to harvest, store, and provide fresh produce to the Midtown Community.
    • 2013 Grant Recipients 

      Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter

      $900

      Improving Communication and Care: This grant will provide funds for the purchase of materials needed to incorporate virtual dementia tours in trainings about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, to enhance care and quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

      Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc.

      $3,000

      Children's Daytime Series at UPAC: This grant will help defray the overall program costs, enabling the Ulster Performing Arts Center to make $3 tickets available to area pre-K through high school students, many of whom come from low-income homes and may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a live arts performance all year.

      Breast Cancer Options

      $1,000

      Equipment to Improve Office Operations: This grant will be used to purchase a new desktop computer and compatible new office software. It will allow for new database software which is necessary as all of the design of educational materials and maintenance of their website is done in-house.

      Dutchess County Arts Council - Arts Mid-Hudson

      $1,000

      Marketing Arts Mid-Hudson in Ulster County: This grant will provide funding towards producing new marketing materials featuring the Ulster County service area of Arts Mid-Hudson, previously known as Dutchess County Arts Council.

      Family of Woodstock, Inc.

      $1,500

      Hodge Center Children’s Programming: The purpose of the grant is to provide youth development, recreational and educational programming for the children at the Everette Hodge Community Center in Midtown Kingston during the school-year and the summer.

      Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY, Inc.

      $1,000

      Junior Achievement Capacity: The grant will be used for the purchase of program kits - each volunteer needs a program kit for each classroom - which contain the hands-on materials for the students in the Junior Achievement program.

      Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum

      $2,000

      Technology Upgrade: Purchase of office equipment to replace outdated and deteriorated record keeping and communications equipment which will significantly enhance the administrative efficiency of the Museum and outreach to the public.

      Phoenicia Library

      $2,000

      Technology Upgrade: Support for purchase of laptops to provide computer services and to implement a four-fold program that includes basic digital literacy, weekly job lab, online education and STEM-focused training for young people.

      Saugerties Hudson River Partnership

      $600

      12th Annual Saugerties Artists Studio Tour: The grant will be used for the purchase of one EZ-Up Portable Canopy with sidewalls and weight bags for use during the Tour's outdoor events, to promote the Tour's activities and provide shelter.

      The Children's Home of Kingston

      $1,500

      Upgrade: The purchase of box spring mattresses to replace foam mattresses in the Residential Treatment Center. The box spring mattress will be more comfortable and offer a more restful sleep for the residential youth served.

      The Queen’s Galley

      $1,500

      Soup Kitchen: The grant will provide funding for food, and to pay expenses associated with the kitchen, such as cleaning supplies, trash removal and insurance.

      Ulster Literacy Association

      $500

      Library Resource Materials: Purchase of specialized educational materials for the resource library to support the learners and tutors to work more effectively in the coming years.

      Women’s Studio Workshop

      $1,000

      Hands-On Art Program: The grant will provide transition planning and teacher fees for the Hands-On Art education program with the Kingston City School District. WSW will be working with a new configuration of middle school students with the District's consolidation of schools and a larger group of elementary students.
    • 2012 Grant Recipients 

      CASA of Ulster County

      $2,205

      To fund support for the training of new advocate volunteers to expand the number of children that are served, and to purchase new computer equipment.

      Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County

      $1,900

      Funds will purchase an Interactive White Board for their new conference facilities that would dramatically enhance the educational programming for all sectors of the community. This technology would also serve professional groups and other organizations that request the use of the conference facilities to hold their own programs and meetings.

      Family of Woodstock, Inc.

      $1,500

      To support a Student Success Center in Kingston High School which selects, empowers, and trains youth leaders to assist students to succeed in the college scholarship and loan application process.

      People's Place

      $2,008

      This grant will purchase security cameras to help diminish illegal dumping which costs thousands of dollars in removal fees annually. The cameras will monitor the interior of the store, creating a safer shopping atmosphere. The purchase of specific safety and security equipment will enhance overall programmatic functions.

      Pine Hill Community Center

      $1,000

      To purchase comfortable, safe, sturdy and efficient chairs to use for various programs and activities. A suitable chair system will also present a more professional appearance, inviting use of the space for meetings of other nonprofits and cultural groups.

      Rondout Valley Growers Association

      $2,000

      This grant funds the Farm-to-School program "Seeding the Future of Agriculture," collaboration with the Rondout Valley Central School District. RVGA will work with teachers and students to create hands-on learning opportunities and materials integrating learning in school with the agricultural fabric of the community, and co-sponsor a "School Food Summit" with outside experts for parents, students and the community on the use of fresh, locally grown food in school.

      The Children's Home of Kingston

      $1,652

      Purchases of two computers, monitors, and updated software to increase administrative capacity.

      The Queens Galley

      $2,200

      Funding will go towards purchasing fresh produce for use in the School's Out child nutrition program, which offers a minimum of one serving of fresh fruit or vegetables to children who would otherwise have access to the school lunch program when school is closed for inclement weather or extended summer holiday.

      The Research Foundation of SUNY/ SUNY New Paltz

      $1,000

      To provide financial aid to Ulster County students, including many English language learners, attending writing and literacy enrichment programs.

      YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County

      $2,000

      To purchase and install outdoor and indoor security cameras and monitoring software to increase safety and security for all program participants and staff.
    • 2011 Grant Recipients 

      Agri-Business Child Development        

      $1,500

      ABCD at New Paltz will purchase equipment for a computer network upgrade to effectively access and fully utilize the agency's data management system, enhance services for children and families, and facilitate professional development opportunities.

      American Sewing Guild Hudson Valley Chapter           

      $500

      Purchase of fabric and other items necessary for the sewing of donated goods for families in domestic violence shelters and breast cancer patients at the Surgical Oncology Unit of Benedictine Hospital.

      CASA of Ulster County           

      $1,600

      Support for the training of new advocate volunteers and the purchase of equipment to generate in-house educational and promotional materials created by the National CASA Association.

      Hudson River Maritime Museum          

      $2,500

      Purchase of donor and collection management software and hardware to facilitate communications and learning opportunities.

      Hudson Valley Senior Residence

      $695

      Purchase of Nooks (e-readers) to give residents the technology to assist them in reading.

      Kingston Hoops Summer Sizzle           

      $500

      Funds for administrative and program costs associated with the league, including youth employment as referees and scorekeepers.

      Legal Services of the Hudson Valley    

      $1,575

      Support for the purchase of a laptop and portable printer/scanner which will serve the needs of homebound clients through the preparation of documents in a single visit. Items such as wills, consumer, and landlord/tenant matters will be addressed, particularly when the client is very ill and needs advance directives done quickly.

      Northeastern New York American Red Cross 

      $600

      Support for the purchase of nursing kits for disaster relief efforts within Ulster County.

      Rondout Valley Growers Association   

      $3,000

      To organize and execute a fundraising effort to address farm disaster needs caused by recent catastrophic weather incidents.

      Shadowland Theatre    

      $1,500

      Purchase of a laptop and Vectorworks 2012 design software to facilitate design work for productions and education programs.

      Ulster Literacy Association

      $1,000

      To place advertisements in local papers to increase the number of participants in the tutor training workshops offered throughout the County.

      Women's Studio Workshop

      $1,500

      Support for Kingston middle school students to participate in Hands-On Art in 2011-2012, which provides a focused and challenging opportunity to work in multiple full days in a professional art environment.

      YWCA Ulster County

      $1,000

      A Mac Book Pro computer will be purchased for the Girls Inc. program allowing all of their programs, including their documentary video project, to become more technologically interactive.
    • 2010 Grant Recipients 

      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ulster County

      $1,000

      Financial assistance for providing transportation for SUNY New Paltz college students to mentor children in the Kingston area.

      Family of Woodstock, Inc.

      $1,000

      Support for teen anger management groups. These groups have been extremely successful in reaching adolescents and helping them to help define their triggers and control their behavior.

      Historic Huguenot Street

      $1,600

      Purchase of computer equipment and software to: 1) Improve operations in their physical and online museum shop, a profit center for the organization and 2) Allow them to continue to "bring in house" the design and production of high-quality promotional and educational materials.

      Kingston Hoops Summer Sizzle

      $1,000

      Kingston Hoops Summer Sizzle Basketball League support.

      Phillies Bridge Farm Project, Inc.

      $1,000

      Support for the development of new marketing materials and the purchasing office equipment including a multifunctional printer, laminating machine, and paper cutter.

      Planned Parenthood of the Mid Hudson Valley Inc.

      $1,000

      Training for the new medical management system, eClinicalWorks.

      Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc.

      $1,750

      Purchase of durable medical equipment and portable ramps for the equipment loan closet. This will allow individuals with disabilities to borrow necessary equipment that they would not otherwise be able to afford.

      Rosendale Theatre Collective

      $750

      Purchase of office equipment to improve the everyday functionality of the volunteer-supported operations of the Rosendale Theatre. These include box office operations and business operations to support and enhance programming.

      Stone Ridge Library Foundation, Inc.

      $1,132

      Purchase of commercial grade, comfortable seating for the Library's Biography Room, to facilitate the utilization of that space for library programs, such as book discussions--poetry readings, and writing workshops, increasing the compatibility of simultaneous special, and regular library activities.

      The Queens Galley

      $1,500

      Funding to provide food safety course to staff and volunteers. Staff members will take a Management food safety course and exam and all regularly scheduled volunteers working 3 or more shifts a week will be certified as safe food service handlers.

      Ulster County Historical Society

      $1,268

      Purchase of a new computer and scanner that will allow for the full utilization of the new collection management software. This software will help the organization to better catalog and make the collection of Ulster County artifacts and documents accessible to the general public.

      Ulster Literacy Association

      $1,000

      Increased marketing support for the recruitment of volunteer tutors in order to reduce the student waiting list, especially those students who cannot travel to Kingston for tutoring.

      YWCA Ulster County

      $1,000

      Tuition for professional development in order to teach documentary video making to girls and young women, and implement a 12-week after - school documentary video program to middle school girls to encourage them to find their voices through the art of video making.
    Jeannette F. Schlobach Grant Program
    • 2016 Grant Recipients 

      Astor Services for Children & Families

      $20,000

      Funds will be used to purchase needed furniture such as beds and dressers for the residential program’s living units. Given the population served, replacing these items must meet required standards so that they cannot use any items to possibly harm themselves. Making the children feel at home is critical to the healing process.
      www.astorservices.org

      Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh

      $20,000

      The grant will be used to help develop and implement an after-school academic enrichment program to provide Poughkeepsie students in grades K-8, with the academic, social and emotional skills needed to successfully graduate high school and enter college. The program will operate out of the New Hope Community Center and offer students access to positive youth development activities in the areas of academic enrichment, science and technology, leadership development, arts and culture, and sports and recreation.
      www.bgcnny.org

      Family Services

      $6,435

      Funds will be used to build the capacity of the Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) to continue overall program development, staff training and supervision, and financial sustainability of the program. TRAC is a safe haven for adolescents in Poughkeepsie and now serves more than 200 teens each year. TRAC offers a free, supervised place for youth to come afterschool at the Family Partnership Center where youth engage in basketball or performing arts, get academic support, eat a nutritious dinner, and relax with friends, all while gaining exposure to positive adult role models.
      http://www.familyservicesny.org/

      Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center

      $10,000

      Funds will be used to expand staffing to three teachers in order to accommodate three program "areas," one for children in K-2 grades, one for children in 3-5 grades, and one for middle and high school students. Staff members are qualified teachers with backgrounds in serving at-risk children. Adding staff will help increase the student-to-teacher ratio at the program and allow better support to more students.         
      http://htasc.org

      Mediation Center of Dutchess County

      $5,500

      Funds will be used for program pilot support to establish a Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI) at the Mediation Center of Dutchess County. RJ is a process to involve those with a stake in a specific offense to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations in order to heal and put things as right as possible. It brings people together to have their voices heard, find community support, move forward and heal.                
      www.dutchessmediation.org

      Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley

      $20,000

      Security will be upgraded at the Poughkeepsie Health Center and administrative office with funds received. This upgrade will significantly increase patient and staff safety and help save lives. As per the recommendations of local and state police, an upgraded system is needed to allow police to remotely monitor illegal activity in and around the centers. Installation of security film on windows, security doors, acrylic sheeting in the wall and ballistic blankets are all necessary upgrades.  
      www.ppmhv.org

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $10,000

      Grant funding will support Farm Fresh Home Chefs (FFHC), a food access and healthy eating program for low-income families. PFP will facilitate a four six-part workshop series for families on preparing and eating healthy affordable meals. FFHC supports families in leveraging their food dollars more effectively and establishing a norm of healthy eating through positive experiences selecting, preparing, serving, and eating fresh local produce in balanced meals.     
      www.farmproject.org

      RDC Loaves and Fishes Inc.

      $20,000

      Funds will be used to help feed the 108 students throughout the school year who are part of the backpack program, provide over 150 Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to those in need, buy nutritious food for the food bank that helps feed those in need throughout the year, and provide gifts to children during the holiday season. The Center of Compassion’s mission is to nurture hope, liberation and empowerment by offering nutritional support, advocacy and counseling to all low income individuals in the Dover Plains area.              
      www.thecenterofcompassion.com

      Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie

      $9,500

      Funds will be used to support the Coming Home Program which empowers men and women who are released from jail or prison. Participants work with facilitators and mentors to support personal healing and growth, skill development, and reintegration into the community. Money will be used to cover stipends for staff, transportation for participants to the program each week and marketing costs.
      www.uupok.org

      Vassar-Warner Home

      $10,061

      Integration Medication Management (IMM) software will be purchased with the grant. IMM is an add-on to Vassar Warner's current electronic medical record system that streamlines the purchasing of medication from the local pharmacy, reducing medication errors and the potential for adverse drug events, and maximizing staff efficiency. IMM provides drug interaction and formulary checking, order queuing, and secondary confirmation of orders by another practitioner. It eliminates the need for time-consuming phone calls and faxes and it alerts staff to potential mistakes.
      www.vassarwarner.org
    • 2015 Grant Recipients 

      Family Services, Inc.

      $10,000

      The grant will be used to build the capacity of the Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) by establishing a critically needed program coordinator position who would enable overall program development, staff training and supervision, and financial sustainability of the program. TRAC has been a safe haven for adolescents in Poughkeepsie since 1999. Now serving more than 100 teens each year, TRAC offers a free, supervised place for youth to come afterschool at the Family Partnership Center. Youth engage in basketball or performing arts, eat a nutritious dinner, and relax with friends, all while gaining exposure to positive adult role models. www.familyservicesny.org/

      North East Community Center

      $5,000

      The funds will be used to enhance the NECC Case Management Services Program which assists residents in financial, housing, health, or other crises with the goal of resolving immediate problems and getting people back on the path to independence. By connecting clients with other NECC resources, as well as those provided by partner organizations, CMS addresses gaps that government social services alone cannot fill. CMS now serves the eligible public-about 50 clients, and often other household members, annually.

      Nubian Directions II, Inc.

      $15,000

      The grant will be used to supplement the construction rehab project at 23 Hooker Avenue and the storm water diversion project at the 209 Cottage Street warehouse through the YouthBuild AmeriCorps program which provides construction training for out-of-school youth ages 16-24. Additionally, funds will supplement efforts to train a new cohort of YouthBuild students to continue the project started by the previous group, including maintaining the community garden, constructing two greenhouses, and conducting 10 additional design consultations. www.nubiandirections.org

      Poughkeepsie Farm Project

      $5,000

      The grant will be used for Farm Fresh Home Chefs (FFHC) which is a food access and healthy eating program for in-need families. PFP will facilitate a six-part workshop series for families (parents/guardians and their children) on preparing and eating healthy affordable meals. Through relationships built through its Farm to School program, PFP will recruit families to participate in FFHC from Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSD). The workshops will take place after school in Poughkeepsie schools, and will be done in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension. FFHC will offer four series of workshops made up of six two-hour sessions.

      The Chamber Foundation

      $5,000

      The funds are for DCRCOC Workforce Development Center (WDC) Rapid Response Funds to support bridging the gap of federal, state and county funds and to make available a continuum of supportive services to economically disadvantaged persons who are unable to meet their basic needs such as, housing, food, daycare and transportation once they no longer fall under the guidelines of Office of Management and Budget.