Service Week Grantee Spotlight

2013 Service Summit Participants

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. They have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County serves children ages 6 through 18. Their mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.

Dutchess County Arts Council (DCAC)

The Dutchess County Arts Council (DCAC) provides the vision and leadership to support a thriving and diverse arts culture in the Mid-Hudson Valley. They value the abundant presence of art in the Mid-Hudson Valley and its ability to uplift, inform, empower, and engage people from all walks of life. The DCAC honors diversity and celebrates creativity. They are committed to playing a central role in supporting and promoting all the arts in the communities they serve.

Community Coalition  

The Eastern Dutchess Community Coalition is a grassroots organization devoted to increasing protective factors for youth and families in Eastern Dutchess County with the aim of reducing risks associated with substance misuse/abuse. The Coalition follows the Communities That Care model, an evidence-based strategic intervention, proven to create better health and wellness outcomes for individuals, families, and their communities.

Head Start of Eastern Orange County, Inc.

Head Start of Eastern Orange County, Inc., is a recognized leader in providing early childhood education and parent services to 250 low-income three- and four-year-old children and families in the City of Newburgh each year. Center-based classrooms are bright, engaging, and steeped in opportunities to wonder and discover. Teachers focus on developing the social and school readiness skills of all children so they may enter kindergarten ready to learn. Family Advocates promote parents in their roles as their child’s first teacher and assist parents to build the skills necessary to be their child’s lifelong educational advocates.

Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division

The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division provides legal representation to all New York City children, ages 0–21, who are the subjects of Family Court cases in neglect/abuse, delinquency, and PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision) matters. A staff of 300 attorneys, social workers, paralegals, and support staff are assigned by the Family Court to represent more than 25,000 children in their legal proceedings.

Press Pass TV

Press Pass TV is an award-winning organization that uses the power of media arts to provide meaningful education and employment for youth living in underserved neighborhoods. Press Pass TV offers creative outlets as an alternative to violence, teaches life-sustaining skills, and empowers communities to find shared solutions and envision a better world.

North East Community Center

The North East Community Center seeks to build a healthy, caring, responsive, and welcoming community for northeastern Dutchess County residents and all who visit the Center. NECC acts as a positive community catalyst through its partnerships with other organizations and by offering social, educational, recreational, and cultural programs, and services to help meet community needs. The organization serves a wide range of individuals and families in northeastern Dutchess County with transportation, after-school and summer programs, employment training and placement, advocacy, and more. NECC has a major focus on at-risk youth, as well as food and nutrition, including access to affordable, locally grown food.

Re>Think Local

Smart people are looking for a positive alternative to the prevailing, outdated Wall Street-driven economic system. Re>Think Local provides that alternative as they help to cocreate a better Hudson Valley: vibrant, sustainable, locally rooted, with equal concern for people, planet, and prosperity. Working together with locally owned, independent businesses, the creative community, farmers, innovative entrepreneurs, and citizens committed to a value-and values-driven localist economy, Re>Think Local aims to bring power back to Main Street and our local communities.

Northern Dutchess NAACP

The mission of Northern Dutchess NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights for all people and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. They support the community by seeking to resolve conflicts through mediation, advocacy, and other means. The organization also raises community and institutional awareness through education and media, and convenes community members to discuss and advocate for solutions to discriminatory practices.

Rosendale Theatre Collective

The Rosendale Theatre Collective’s mission is to preserve the Rosendale Theatre, a historic Main Street anchor business crucial to the economic stability of downtown Rosendale, New York, and essential to the cultural life of Rosendale and Ulster County residents. They accomplish their mission through a multidisciplinary approach to arts and educational programming, thereby raising the quality of life in their diverse community, and through the facilitations of a responsible and sustainable restoration, preservation, and enhancement plan for the historic Rosendale Theatre.

Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc.

Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc., is a service center for Independent Living that serves Dutchess County, New York. Their services are available to people with disabilities, their families, friends, and communities. The core services that Taconic Resources provides are information and referral; individual and systems advocacy, peer counseling; and independent living skills training. Additional services include benefits advisement, special education advocacy, support groups, coordination of sign language interpreters, architectural barrier consultation, and disability awareness presentation for the community.

Wild Earth Wilderness School

Located along the Shawangunk Ridge in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, Wild Earth Wilderness School is a nonprofit organization that creates and offers nature-based programs for children, teens, and adults. Wild Earth programs draw on a broad spectrum of teachings ranging from native technologies to the natural sciences. The Wilderness School programs offer adventure and fun, primitive skills and crafts, awareness games, and story and song, facilitated by a multigenerational team of mentors. They foster individual and group awareness and a deeper connection to the earth.

2013 Women Serving Women Summit Participants

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial, economic, and gender justice in the United States and internationally by funding LGBTQI organizations and engaging in philanthropic advocacy. Their mission is based on an enduring commitment to feminism, progressive social change, and an end to all forms of exploitation and discrimination. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice supports programs and policies that strive to eliminate oppression based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental ability, economic exploitation, anti- Semitism, and other such factors. They believe that only through action will we build a world of peace and justice for lesbians, and for society as a whole.        

Family of Woodstock, Inc. (Family)

Family of Woodstock, Inc., (Family) is a network of individuals, paid and volunteer, whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families. The scope of the agency’s vision allows them to offer resources that address a broad spectrum of human problems. In addition to assisting individuals, Family of Woodstock continually seeks to improve the quality of life in their community by addressing gaps in services and by advocating for more comprehensive, effective, and humane responses to people’s needs.

Family Services, Inc.

The mission of Family Services, Inc., is to help families and individuals help themselves through direct services, collaboration, and advocacy. The organization serves individuals of all ages and backgrounds who have been victims of crime, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and sexual and physical abuse. By collaborating both within the agency and with a variety of community partners, Family Services is able to provide victims with the support, safety, and services needed to assist them in returning to self-sufficiency and becoming empowered to live lives free of violence.


GirlTrek is a peer network and a growing grassroots movement of more than 15,000 Black women and girls who are committed to walking for better health. GirlTrek aims to mobilize 1 million women by 2018 through social media campaigns and community-based walking programs to address the obesity crisis within African- American communities. The organization uses Black history and culture to inspire and frame a health revolution. With 140,000 supporters, GirlTrek has a social media reach of more than 2 million readers per month. GirlTrek inspires and supports mothers, teachers, community leaders, senior citizens, and young women to jumpstart healthier, more fulfilled lives simply by walking together.

Grace Smith House, Inc.

Grace Smith House, Inc., is a private, nonprofit domestic violence agency, which provides both residential and nonresidential services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The mission of Grace Smith House is to enable women and their children to live free from domestic violence through providing shelter and apartments, advocacy, counseling, and education; raising the consciousness of the community regarding the extent, type, and seriousness of domestic violence; and initiating and taking positions on public policies in order to provide options that empower victims of domestic violence.

Healthcare Is a Human Right

Healthcare Is a Human Right is a grassroots organization committed to bringing holistic health care to all, regardless of socioeconomic status or ability to pay. The goals of the organization are to provide consistent and ongoing care to their communities; expand awareness, knowledge, and firsthand experience of holistic healing modalities; educate the public about wellness and sickness prevention; build community-centered health care that is dedicated to individual and collective wellness; develop teams of healers to provide quality, affordable, holistic wellness-care to everyone in the community; and support a community of compassionate and inspired healers.


The work of Hollaback! is brought to life by the local leaders who do grassroots work in communities around the world. Their mission is to improve public safety for women and LGBTQ individuals. The organization strongly believes that—using a strategy of breaking the silence through personal narrative and research, inspiring international leadership and movement-building, shifting public opinion, and engaging elected officials— we have the power to end street harassment and assault.

Mill Street Loft

Mill Street Loft strives to change lives through the arts. As a nonprofit, community-based, multi-arts center, they are dedicated to bringing a wide range of creative, educational, and culturally enriching programs to diverse audiences throughout New York’s Hudson Valley. They are committed to supporting personal growth, fostering self-expression, and enhancing human services through the visual, performing, literary, and media arts in order to make a difference in the lives of the multicultural Hudson Valley community. Youth outreach programs include Habilidad (a Latino student program), PASWORD (Program for Adolescent Women of Real Direction), Project AWARE (Adolescent Women Are Realizing Empowerment), and the Girl’s LitClub.

New Harlem Renaissance Work Group

The New Harlem Renaissance Work Group aims to form an intergenerational organization of women and girls who will in the process of growth oversee the re-emergence of the consciousness and arts awareness of young women and girls living in Harlem and New York City. Simultaneously, they build community and forge partnerships, particularly with the Black Student’s Organization and Women’s caucuses at the City College of New York.

Powerstories Theatre

The mission of Powerstories Theatre is to stage true stories to open minds and hearts and to inspire action worldwide. They envision that Powerstories Theatre will be the worldwide leader in seeking, sharing, and staging true stories, giving special emphasis on works by and for women and girls. In speaking and honoring of these true stories of great learning, performers and audiences alike receive a powerful gift: the validation that they are living a unique, valuable life. Powerstories vitally connects people with each other, and helps inspire and motivate positive contributions to the world.

Safe Homes of Orange County

Safe Homes of Orange County works to eliminate all forms of domestic violence through education, outreach, and provision of services to individuals and families affected by domestic abuse. A client-centered organization, Safe Homes of Orange County educates and empowers people to make informed choices. Founded in compassion and dignity, Safe Homes of Orange County believes that “Every home should be a Safe Home.” Their services include advocacy, shelter, community education, prevention programs, and support.

School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA)

School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA) is a people-to-people, nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering educational and leadership opportunities in Afghanistan and the world for the new generation of Afghan women. SOLA provides exceptional opportunities for students at its boarding school in Kabul. Those selected for SOLA’s international scholarship track receive support to prepare themselves for study at competitive schools abroad, from boarding schools to colleges and universities. In pioneering Afghan women’s right to education, SOLA alumnae with degrees from highly regarded schools know that they can contribute powerfully to leading their country.

TMI Project

TMI Project is a nonprofit organization that offers monologue and memoir writing classes that culminate in staged storytelling performances and published work. In addition to workshops that participants pay for, TMI Project also offers classes to underserved populations in jails, shelters, institutions, schools, and other places, through our Community Outreach Initiative. The organization is devoted to helping people identify and share the stories they need to tell for personal growth and healing, stories that also provide eye-opening, healing resonance for audience members and readers, while entertaining them. When people share the secret truths burning in their souls, they unburden themselves and pave the way for greater understanding and acceptance, at both the individual and community levels.

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a nonprofit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education, volunteerism, and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. The organization brings together girls and women from diverse communities and encourages them to explore self-expression through music, hone their critical thinking skills, build meaningful alliances with other girls and women, develop confidence in making healthy choices in their lives, and effect positive change in their communities and in the world. Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls operates a summer day camp, after school programs, and community events in New York City.