To date, grants in Lucie’s Memory have been distributed to:
Caring Hands Soup Kitchen – located at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, is currently the only location in the city of Kingston serving hot lunches to people in need and averages more than 125 meals per day.
Veterans Emergency Fund (VEF) – a volunteer organization that locates and assists Ulster County veterans in distress. VEF coordinates with the Veteran’s Administration and HUD support programs and is a safety net for veterans left behind by these large federal programs.
Friends of the Forsyth Nature Center – a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization the helps support the Nature Center and their Junior Naturalist Programs for students. The Nature Center has been a fixture in the Kingston Community since 1936 and provides environmental education programming year round through the City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.
The Queens Galley – a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that provides awareness, education, relief and prevention of food insecurity in America. The Queens Galley supports, creates and implements programs dedicated to the affordable nutritional education of children, families and seniors.
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County – founded over 50 years ago, is committed to providing a wide variety of services to meet the individualized needs of children and adults with disabilities throughout the Hudson Valley region.
Rip Van Winkle Council, Boy Scouts of America – this local scouting program has been developing character and leadership in youth for more than 60 years.
The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County – is a private not-for-profit, community-based organization providing social, health, physical education and recreation services to the residents of Ulster County.
Ulster County SCPA – an independent no-kill shelter serving Ulster County. The UCSPCA does not receive funding from Ulster County government.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) is a 110-acre haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS provides innovative programs that educate the public about the sentience of farm animals, and the devastating impacts of agribusiness and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people and the planet.
People’s Place, a non-sectarian volunteer organization, recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary of service to the community of Kingston and surrounding areas. The Food Pantry provides canned, boxed, fresh and frozen food; The Thrift Store provides free and affordable clothing, footwear and household items.
The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is dedicated to alleviating hunger, while preventing the waste of wholesome food. It is a branch of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and a member of Feeding America, the national food bank network Working in partnership with the food industry, the Food Bank collects large donations of unmarketable but still edible food, and distributes it to charitable agencies feeding hungry people in a six county region.
Resource Center for Accessible Living (RCAL) promotes accessibility in Ulster County and the Mid-Hudson Valley by providing educational programs and services that assist disabled individuals, businesses, community organizations, public facilities and government agencies in understanding, and the application of, the Americans with Disabilities Act. RCAL’s vision is to create a fully accessible, integrated community without barriers for people with disabilities, and to assist and empower disabled individuals to live independently and participate in all aspects of community life.
The Hunger Project of UlsterCorps – a coalition of local workers and volunteers from community gardens, farms, food pantries and soup kitchens working together to feed more people in our county.
Family of Woodstock, a leader, locally and in New York State, in developing shelter, food pantries, counseling services and hotlines for people in need.
Angel Food East – a dedicated group of volunteers providing hot, home-delivered meals, five days a week, to people living with HIV+/AIDS in our community.
Phillies Bridge Farm Project – a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in New Paltz that shares a generous portion of their harvest with low-income families in Ulster County.
Boys & Girls Club of Ulster County – Inspires and enables all youth to lead better lives by providing positive opportunities to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and adults.
Kingston YMCA Farm Project (“The Dig Kids” and “Camp Starfish” programs) – This YMCA youth leadership training program teaches school-age children to grow food, farm,
and become environmental stewards through hands-on farming experiences and engagement in community service.
Ulster County Diaper Bank – The Diaper Bank program was created in May of 2016 in response to the lack of public assistance for purchasing diapers and recognizing the subsequent stress placed on low-income families at critical times. Modeled on successful regional food banks, The Diaper Bank collects diapers and cash donations for bulk purchases of diapers. The diapers are then distributed through existing local agencies including shelters, food pantries, day-care, and health facilities.
Camp Lightheart is an overnight camp for children from 8-14 who have a mom with breast cancer or children who have lost their mothers to breast cancer. It is a chance for children to meet others who have had similar experiences.
As the fund continues to grow, so will the list of beneficiaries.