Family & Household Support

This team helps with food, school supplies, household goods, furniture, and emergency financial aid. Since the start of the pandemic, volunteers have been shopping and delivering food to approximately 150 families. Beginning Wednesday, July 29, 2020, shop and deliver will be replaced by twice-a-month “open houses” where families will be able to pick up food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and other household items in Kingston and Saugerties.

Open houses will be the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 4 to 7 p.m. Kingston: Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Avenue. Saugerties: Trinity Episcopal Church, 32 Church Street. Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate food and other needed items. (To be dropped off by prior arrangement.)
  • Identify sources for and pick up items needed by families UIDN serves. Examples include infant clothing, school supplies, household goods, or furniture.
  • Sign up for a two-hour shift at Wednesday open houses in Kingston or Saugerties. Volunteers are needed from 2 to 8 p.m. Tasks will include setting up tables with food, clothing, and household goods in outdoor spaces; marking spaces to maintain social distance, and assisting “shoppers.” At the end of the event, volunteers will pack up and store what remains.

For details, contact Leslie Gallagher, 845-901-0215, lilacless2@yahoo.com. To volunteer in Saugerties please contact Brigid Walsh, brigidwalsh@me.com.

Vineyard Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Photo: Vineyard Church, Grand Rapids, MI

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.