United Way of Ulster County funds 32 different programs throughout Ulster County in the areas of affordable child care, financial stability, housing and emergency assistance, literacy training, mental health services, parent education, substance abuse prevention, and vocational training.
“Spotlight” offers you a glimpse of these programs, and their impact.
The Everette Hodge Center
The Hodge Center’s drop in after-school program – is a safe and accessible place for children and teens to go to every day. Most youth walk to the program, since it is located within the Midtown community. The Hodge Center offers a host of educational and recreational opportunities for youth.
Center for Creative Education
After School Arts & Education
The Center for Creative Education (CCE) provides innovative, high quality programs with a special emphasis on serving low income, minority and at-risk children and youth. CCE provides a wide array of classes in dance, music, fitness, theater, spoken word, computer arts technology and the visual arts. Classes are offered after school in midtown Kingston and in school districts and community centers throughout the Hudson Valley.
A.C.E.S – Academic Coaching for Educational Success
ACES provides services to students with emotional and psychological disabilities. ACES counselors help students manage the college environment successfully by providing a 25-hour orientation, disability-related counseling, liaison with campus and community services, assistance with the completion of forms, one-on-one social support, and peer support. Students may refer themselves or be referred by a VESID or mental health counselor.
Raising HOPE is a program of the United Way of Ulster County created to pair women mentors with mentees to provide greater support and opportunity for women seeking this guidance and assistance to grow personally and professionally.
Blackboard Bistro is a vocational training and employment service located at the Rondout Municipal Center. Blackboard Bistro has become the go-to breakfast and lunch spot in the area. People with developmental disabilities work in an encouraging environment to learn how to take orders, make salads & sandwiches, prep orders, cash customers out, and interact with people in the community, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable food service skills to compete for future employment opportunities in area businesses.