The Community Foundation of Dutchess County, United Way of Dutchess County and The Dyson Foundation Award $210,000 in Grants for Seniors

Five Agencies Receive Funding to Provide Quality of Life Services to Isolated Dutchess County Seniors

October 2003

Shirley Johnson
United Way of Dutchess County
845.471.1900 x18

Karen VanHouten
The Community Foundation of Dutchess County
845.452.3077  x15

Cecilia Stancell
The Dyson Foundation

Poughkeepsie, NY – The Community Foundation of Dutchess County (CFDC), United Way of Dutchess County (UWDC), and The Dyson Foundation have collectively awarded $210,000 in grants to assist five local agencies in providing quality of life services to the isolated elderly in Dutchess County. Each funder provided $70,000 toward these grant awards.
The goal of the collaboration was to identify local agencies that provide life enrichment, education, medical, transportation, and visitation programs to senior citizens throughout Dutchess County. Fifteen grant proposals totaling $728,588 in requests were received.

The grant recipients are:
  • Association for Senior Citizens - $86,700 for the ASC (Association of Senior Citizens) Transportation Network Program and a voucher program to supplement the program.
  • Beacon Community Center - $11,300 for the Senior Citizens Enrichment Program
  • Community Resources and Service Center, Inc. - $12,000 for the Transportation/Driver Pool Program
  • Dutchess County YMCA - $40,000 for the Fitness and Training Program for Older Adults
  • Family Services, Inc. - $60,000 for the Crime Victims Assistance Program
“This initiative represents a new synergy between United Way of Dutchess County and The Community Foundation. With the further interest, support, and funding of The Dyson Foundation, our collective grantmaking for seniors was maximized. We are delighted to award these grants and we are confident these programs and services will help our local seniors through additional programs and enhanced transportation services,” said Pat Wright, President of The Community Foundation of Dutchess County.

Seniors comprise 18% of the population in Dutchess County. A large portion of this audience includes isolated seniors needing many services. Independent research conducted separately by UWDC and the Dyson Foundation indicated a necessity to educate senior citizens about services that are available to them, particularly transportation. When each organization became aware there was a common interest in addressing this need, a joint grant initiative was born to address this need.

Diana Gurieva, Executive Vice President of the Dyson Foundation, indicated that “As the population of Dutchess County ages, funders need to look for creative ways to meet the needs of the senior residents of our community. This collaboration seeks to do just that by targeting the most vulnerable and isolated of the senior population. We hope that the services provided as a result of these grants will make a critical difference."

“The partnership created from this initiative will hopefully serve as a springboard for future collaborations between organizations that have the knowledge, financial resources and manpower to build a stronger, healthier community. Through group effort, it is evident that everyone achieves more. I am extremely pleased to be working with The Dyson Foundation and The Community Foundation of Dutchess County to improve the quality of life services to isolated Dutchess County seniors,” added Jim Williamson, President and CEO of United Way of Dutchess County.

For more information about the funders involved in this collaborative grantmaking initiative, please click on:, or

If you have additional questions, please contact either the following people:
Karen VanHouten, The Community Foundation of Dutchess County
(T) (845) 452-3077, ext. 15
(F) (845) 452-3083

Shirley Johnson, United Way of Dutchess County
(T) (845) 471-1900, ext. 18
(F) (845) 471-1933

Cecilia Stancell, The Dyson Foundation
Communications Associate
(T) (845) 677-0644
(F) (845) 677-0650

Senior Initiative Grants Awarded - October 2003

Agency: Association for Senior Citizens
Program Title: Association for Senior Citizens Transportation Network
Amount Requested: $86,700
Expected number of persons served: 5000
Program Description: Through this grant, the Association for Senior Citizens will develop an affordable, community-wide transportation network that specifically targets homebound; wheelchair bound, and the isolated elderly. A portion of the grant award ed will be used for a voucher program to both expand the hours of operation as appropriate and to expand the geographic area covered. The areas served will include the City of Poughkeepsie, the towns of Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie, Pleasant Valley, LaGrange, Beekman, East Fishkill, Wappinger, Fishkill, and the villages of Fishkill, Millbrook, Wappinger Falls and Stanfordville.

Agency: Beacon Community Center
Program Title: Senior Citizens Enrichment Program
Amount Requested: $11,300
Expected number of persons served: 90
Program Description: Beacon Community Center will expand their existing Senior Citizens Enrichment Program. “The program functions as a socialization and activity hub for isolated, lonely, frail senior citizens and retirees seeking camaraderie, new learning opportunities and health information.” The grant will allow an expansion of services and capacity served. Senior citizens in the Beacon-Southern Dutchess area will be served.

Agency: Community Resources & Service Center, Inc.
Program Title: Transportation/Driver Pool
Amount Requested: $12,000
Expected number of persons served: 600
Program Description: The Community Resources & Service Center, Inc. received this grant to fund an existing successful program. The organization provides transportation to medical appointments in Southeastern Dutchess County, including the town of Pawling, Wingdale, Poughquag, and the eastern fringe of Beekman. Demand for services has been steadily increasing and this grant will assure the continuation of the program.

Agency: Dutchess County YMCA
Program Title: Fitness and Training Program for Older Adults
Amount Requested: $40,000
Expected number of persons served: 100
Program Description: Physical activity in the form of exercise can provide an opportunity to meet two important needs of many older adults; companionship and fitness. This program at the YMCA meets both of these needs head on with an organized program of physical fitness which will offer both physical improvement and fun for the participants. This program primarily covers the City of Poughkeepsie.

Agency: Family Services, Inc.
Program Title: Crime Victims Assistance Program
Amount Requested: $60,000
Expected number of persons served: 80
Program Description: Family Services, Inc. has received funding to expand an existing program. “The program is an outreach and intervention program designed to assist seniors to live their lives without being abused and/or neglected. The current program provides increased safety for seniors who have been or are at risk of neglect, abuse or maltreatment.” The geographic area served is Dutchess County.