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Dutchess Responds

Dutchess Responds logoDutchess County is a community that truly cares and we have come together to rapidly respond to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. 

Whether you need help getting food, medications, or household essentials or you want to offer help and assistance through monetary donations, collecting or donating goods, volunteering, or more: 

We can connect you!


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    There is an urgent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies. The Dutchess Business Notification Network is collecting information from businesses, organizations, and residents who are able to help by donating supplies.


    The following are needed to support the COVID-19 response efforts in Dutchess County:

    • Masks
    • Face Shields
    • Respirators
    • Gowns
    • Gloves
    • Hand-Sanitizer
    • Disinfectant Wipes
    • Sanitizing Equipment

    If you can supply any of these items or additional types of PPE, please complete the online form.

    The Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County (MRC) is coordinating the volunteer response in Dutchess County. Medical volunteers are always appreciated, but no medical background is needed to register.

    MRC volunteers have already been deployed to:

    • Staff the County's Coronavirus Call Center,
    • Help drive food and medicine to those in isolation
    • Assemble PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits and other logistic support

    Additionally, medical volunteers have been assisting Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DBCH) staff with disease surveillance, patient case and contact investigations, and patient monitoring.

    If you are a medical professional, please register with the  Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County (MRC): this Quick Reference Card (.pdf) provides directions on how to create an account and register. For registration assistance contact or call 845-486-3568.

    If you are a non-medical volunteer and would like to help during COVID-19 (call center, deliveries, logistics, etc) and continue to train to respond to future emergencies, register with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

    If you only wish to assist with delivering supplies to neighbors during the COVID-19 response, register here 

    If you or your organization has organized a community relief effort in response to coronavirus/COVID-19, please send an email to to have it added to our running list.

    Include the following information:

    • Contact name

    • Email

    • Address of the municipality or organization

    • Phone 

    • Detailed description of the effort(s)

    • Include accompanying attachments such as flyers (.pdf files only)

    I Need Assistance

    Dutchess Responds Food Connection

    After 70 days of serviceassisting 581 Households and providing 13,959 meals based on 3 meals per day for 3 days, the food connection hotline is closing.  

    We wish to thank our partners Dutchess Outreach and Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County for their assistance and support throughout this process.  

    If you or someone you know is in need food resources please review our Food Pantries or Meals Resources (.pdf) which lists agencies that can assist you.

    Apply for Funding

    The Dutchess Responds fund was established at the  Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley to help community-based nonprofits provide critical needs such as food, medications and household essentials to individuals experiencing hardships or quarantine restrictions as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency.

    The fund has established a rolling application process.  There are two funding priorities:

    • Priority 1: Front Line Grants fund community-based nonprofits that have increased demand for services due to COVID-19. These nonprofits have deep roots in the community and a strong track-record serving people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. Examples of the types of nonprofits in most need of Front Line Grant Support, as service numbers rise: community-based health clinics; food bank & food pantries; meal delivery programs; homelessness services and prevention programs.  Groups working through nonprofits to provide emergency meals to vulnerable populations are also eligible to apply
    • Priority 2: Service-Challenged Grants fund nonprofits that are modifying their in-person service delivery modes extremely rapidly due to COVID-19, and need assistance to do so. These nonprofits likely need additional assistance to upgrade technology or sanitation protocols and obtain cleaning supplies & service personnel. Examples include youth centers, recreation centers, child care, senior services, adult daycare, community-based education programs.

    Nonprofits may request up to $10,000. Grant amounts will be determined by funding availability. Awards will be assessed based on need and may be used for both service delivery and operations essential to emergency response and viability. Funding decisions will be made with input from the county and other local funders.

    To move resources quickly, we have opened a simple, rolling application process.   If you have questions please contact the Community Foundations at (845) 452-3077 or email