How you can help

Giving and Giving Back

You are a vital part of the work of Hudson River Housing!

Giving to Hudson River Housing, whether in time or money, is exceptionally rewarding. You know that just a few dollars can provide dinner and breakfast for someone in our Webster House overnight shelter. A few dollars more will help us offer  a comfortable place to sleep for someone who is homeless, or help turn a vacant property into a home. Give Online – it couldn’t be easier.

Giving regularly to Hudson River Housing doesn’t just benefit the people we serve, it gives you a feeling of real satisfaction that you are making a major difference in the lives of adults and children who need some practical help to make it in life. Below you’ll see some ideas for helping us, but we’re interested in hearing your ideas. Contact us at (845) 454-5176 or email us.


Our Wish List

Our shelter and transitional housing programs are in frequent need of the following supplies.
Please contact us for information on how to make a donation.

  • Toilet paper
  • Dish detergent
  • Baby formula & diapers
  • New socks (all sizes)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Foil & plastic wrap
  • Ketchup & mustard
  • Salad dressing
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sugar & syrup
  • Canned goods
  • Coffee & large filters
  • Backpacks
  • School supplies
  • Pillow cases
  • Mattress covers
  • Laundry detergent & bleach
  • Towels
  • Mops & brooms
  • Paper towels
  • Wash clothes
  • Blankets
  • First-Aid supplies
  • Sample-size soap bars
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Shaving cream & razors
  • Lip balm
  • Spray deodorant
  • Breakfast cereal (variety packs)
  • Toothpaste
  • Sample-size shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shower curtain liners and rings
  • Spring planting items (seeds, mulch, etc.)

More Ways You Can Help

Going shopping for new school clothes is a right of passage for many kids, but homeless youth don’t often have this opportunity. Our Great Friend to Kids Fund Drive provides *NEW* sneakers and clothes to homeless youth living with Hudson River Housing.

You can help! We are seeking monetary contributions and donations of gift cards to take kids shopping with their caregivers to pick out their own first day of school outfit. You can sponsor new clothes and shoes for one homeless child with a $75 donation. We’re hoping to raise $3,750 before the end of September, enough to help 50 kids, the average number of homeless youth we have living with us at any given time. Every gift makes a difference – contributions of any amount are welcome! Every year, Hudson River Housing helps over 250 homeless kids, providing them with shelter, nutritious meals, counseling and support.

Donations of gift cards in any amount are also encouraged. Local retailers such as Target, Burlington, JCPenney, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, & Famous Footwear are preferred.

Don’t want to donate online or are looking to contribute a gift card? Donations can also be mailed or dropped off at Hudson River Housing at 313 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

In 2018, Hudson River Housing was the recipient of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Great Friend to Kids Award, inspiring us to establish our Great Friend to Kids Fund Drive. We’re proud to work with other local organizations like the Children’s Museum to make the lives of all kids in the Hudson Valley a little brighter.

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Become an Annual Sponsor

We invite you to become a part of the difference Hudson River Housing is making in our community each day by becoming an Annual Sponsor. Annual Sponsorships offer prominent, year-long recognition and benefits. Becoming an Annual Sponsor will place you at the forefront of Hudson River Housing’s community of supporters.

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Hold a Fundraiser

Holding a fundraiser for Hudson River Housing is a great way to support our vital community programs. We work with many groups who organize events of all sizes, from volleyball tournaments, to antique car shows, to family holiday gatherings – and everything in between! We can help you identify a goal, provide brochures other information, and send a representative from Hudson River Housing to attend. Contact us with your ideas.

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Go Green, Save Green and Support Hudson River Housing

We’re proud to partner with Viridian Energy, a socially responsible retail energy company that supplies competitively priced green energy in our area. When you sign up as a Viridian customer, you can save money over time on the supply portion of your energy bill and do your part to help the environment by choosing greener energy. And, its one of the easiest ways to support our organization without even thinking about it. Every month you pay your energy bill as a Viridian customer, we receive income based on your energy usage. It’s that simple, and it takes only minutes to sign up, with no long term commitment.

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In-Kind Donations

We welcome donations from individuals. Also, schools and churches often hold drives to collect these items. If you are interested in having our staff speak with you about how to do this, please contact us.
Donations of gift cards to local grocery stores, Kmart, Target, and other similar stores are also an excellent donation. Cards are distributed by staff to in need of basic items, mothers who need diapers, parents who need holiday gifts for their children, and other similar uses.
We also welcome other donations – please contact us to find out if we are in need of a particular item you would like to donate!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers run supply drives, assist with meal preparation in our kitchens, help at special events, and perform many other tasks throughout the year. We have different activities to accommodate individuals, groups, and people of all ages and abilities. Thanks to a partnership with Marist College, Hudson River Housing volunteers may be eligible for special tuition discounts. View PDF with more information.

We use to post our current volunteer activities. Please visit Volunteer Match to get started volunteering with Hudson River Housing today!

All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application before being scheduled for a shift.

Download and print an application:
Complete the Individual Volunteer Application online

Complete the Group (5+) Application online

Internship Opportunities

Interns work one-on-one with our staff, gaining an in-depth understanding of our clients, services, and community. Internships are available throughout the year. Interns must be enrolled in an accredited academic program and be receiving some form of academic credit for their experience.

Some internship positions are posted, but others may develop based on proposals from students.

If you are interested in an internship with Hudson River Housing please email our Human Resources Department at Please include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Academic Institution name and contact information for service learning or course credit
  • Resume
  • Description of your interests or current area of study
  • Beginning and end dates of the internship
  • Number of hours per week you are seeking to intern
  • Weekly availability (days and times) for the internship, if known

Employment Opportunities

For more information on current employment openings, please contact our Human Resources Department at