This team helps with food, school supplies, household goods, furniture, and emergency financial aid. Families pick up groceries on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston. Pandemic protocols are in place.

Typical UIDN grocery bag.

Families in need of assistance may call UIDN’s helpline, 888-726-7276. If no one answers, leave your request and contact information on voice mail. A volunteer will get back to you within 24 hours. Helpline and office volunteers are bilingual English/Spanish. We do our best to help those who speak other languages. (Photo: Kim Touchette)

Specific volunteer needs as of August 30, 2021

Coordinator for twice monthly food pick up at the Hannaford’s parking lot, Kingston Plaza. UIDN receives 2,500-3,500 pounds of food in 100-200 parcels from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The ideal volunteer will have a truck or van to help pick up the order and be willing to coordinate two to four additional volunteers with similar vehicles. It takes about two hours to load the vehicles, transport food to the Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, and unload boxes into the church hall or tents in the parking lot.

Bilingual (Spanish/English) speaker with large vehicle to transport furniture, such as beds, bureaus, tables and chairs, to a family home. The volunteer will also contact the family in need and set up a delivery time for the needed items. UIDN families, especially new arrivals, need household goods including furniture for their new homes.

If you can help with either of these, please complete UIDN’s volunteer form or contact Helaine Meisler at 914-466-0100 or meisler.helaine@gmail.com.

More ways to help

Join UIDN’s Takeout Project. Support your favorite restaurants or food stores by purchasing and donating gift cards. Get details.

Assist at the Wednesday food distribution.

Identify a source that might donate large quantities of cloth or paper bags. We use more than 200 bags each week.

Donate gently used items. Currently needed: beds, strollers, and dressers or bureaus. We occasionally post needed items on our Facebook page; please follow us there.