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Circle of Friends for the Dying

The Genies Team

has independently committed to a giving mission of donating a percentage of each commission received to the worthy charities below. They are listed in alphabetical order. The description of each organization is taken from their own websites.


Circle of Friends for the Dying

Circle of Friends for the Dying

The mission of CFD is nothing less than creating a safe, comfortable, home-like space where individuals, with a prognosis of three months or less to live, can dwell in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility at their end of life. Cared for by trained staff and community volunteers, these individuals and their loved ones can be assured of round-the-clock attention to their needs.
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Contributions so far: $1000.00


Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.

For over 50 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, and providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival, to inspire, educate, and activate millions of people.
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Contributions so far: $1000.00


Family of Woodstock, Inc

Family of Woodstock, Inc. Serving Ulster County, NY and Surrounding Communities

Family of Woodstock, Inc. (Family) is a multi-program human service agency providing services throughout Ulster County. Founded in 1970, Family’s principle focuses are crisis intervention services – Family runs one of the oldest continuously operating 24-hour-a-day emergency switchboards in the country, which is county-wide and toll free; and walk-in centers in Woodstock, New Paltz, Ellenville and Kingston – emergency shelters – Family House, a 14-bed runaway and homeless youth facility; the Darmstadt Shelter for the Homeless, a 19-bed shelter for men and women, primarily in recovery; the Family Inn, a 27-bed shelter for homeless families; the Washbourne House, a 17-bed domestic violence shelter, for women and their children; and MidWay, two supervised transitional living residences for up to six homeless adolescents each, and, when necessary, their children – child care programs – Family’s Child Care Council serves families, child care providers and the community in Ulster, Columbia and Greene Counties; and Child Care Subsidy Administration for the Department of Social Services of Columbia County – case management services – to such discrete populations as adults and adolescents struggling with issues of substance abuse or mental health, individuals involved with the criminal justice system, homeless individuals and families, victims of domestic violence, as well as the general public – and food programs – extensive food pantries at the walk-in centers in Woodstock, New Paltz and Ellenville and at the domestic violence shelter; and distribution of donated produce and food from local farmers to the county’s food pantries and feeding programs. The agency is leading a coalition whose goal is to improve the storage of donated foods throughout the county and better share resources in the network of food pantries.
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Contributions so far: $2511.00


Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center

The Center’s mission is to strengthen, support, and celebrate our diverse LGBTQ+ community in achieving its fullest potential and creating a more equitable world.
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Contributions so far: $500.00


Make-a-wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley

Make-a-wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley

Since receiving its charter in 1986, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 2,900 children in the Hudson Valley region with critical illnesses. Our first office was located in Mt. Kisco, NY over Danny’s Cheese Shop. In 2001, we moved to the Wish House in Tarrytown, NY.
Serving the eight counties of Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester, the Chapter’s mission is to ensure that every child residing in the Hudson Valley who qualifies for Make-A-Wish services is granted his or her fondest wish. While wishes are referred and completed on an ongoing basis, we average 120 wishes granted a year.
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Contributions so far: $500.00


Maya Gold Foundation

Maya Gold Foundation

When we co-founded the Maya Gold Foundation in 2015 and developed the mission, we had no idea where we would be five years later. We had no idea that the Maya Gold Foundation would offer programming to over a thousand young people and adults in the Hudson Valley, that we would produce two concerts, screen a movie, present live theatre, staged readings, guest lectures, and bring Hudson Valley youth to Nepal for two weeks each spring. In truth, we had a clear sense that the mission was right, and that it and Maya’s spirit would lead us in the right direction, but we could not really predict what came to be. We were right to trust the mission, and to trust Maya’s vision.
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Contributions so far: $1500.00


Woodstock Area Meals on Wheels

Woodstock Area Meals on Wheels

has been preparing and delivering hot, nutritious meals to our homebound neighbors since 1975. We’re an all-volunteer team of about 60 dedicated cooks, shoppers, kitchen helpers, drivers, dessert bakers, and administrators. WAMOW is a homegrown nonprofit that’s not affiliated with the national Meals on Wheels organization. We opted to be independent so we could serve anyone who is homebound and in need of nutritious meals, regardless of age or income. Our mission is to provide fresh, homemade, hot, delicious meals five days a week to the elderly and homebound population in and around Woodstock NY who are unable to drive, shop, or cook for themselves. We think of ourselves as more than just meal delivery. We maintain relationships with all of our clients, and feel that we’re part of a very sweet, very loving community of people who care about our neighbors’ well-being. That’s the Woodstock way.
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Contributions so far: $1875.00


Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley

Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley

Mission: Planned parenthood of the mid-hudson valley empowers individuals to make independent, informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives by providing access to high quality, evidence-based and medically-sound health care and educational services, and by promoting and advocating for public policies to make those services available to all.
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Contributions so far: $1000.00


Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson is a regional and national environmental powerhouse.
Established by six community members in 1963 to halt an industrial project from destroying iconic Storm King Mountain in the Hudson Highlands, Scenic Hudson has long been considered a leader in safeguarding the Hudson Valley’s irreplaceable landscapes — including the region’s productive family farms — while advancing balanced and sustainable development, and protecting our land, air and water from pollution and other threats.
Scenic Hudson is credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement and winning Americans the right to speak out and initiate lawsuits to protect their environment.
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Contributions so far: $1000.00


People's Place

People’s Place

People’s Place is a not-for-profit organization feeding, clothing and responding to the needs of the people in Ulster County with kindness, compassion and the preservation of human dignity since 1972.
We operate a high quality Thrift Store as our primary economic engine, rely on donations and volunteers from our community, and conduct four primary fundraisers throughout the year to support the operation of our Food Pantry.
Our Wellness Empowerment Center strives to enhance the quality of an individual’s life and help them build a stronger, healthier future through wellness classes, health screenings, nutritional guidance, alternative health modalities, and financial education.
Our Community Cafe ensures that every member of the community has a place at the table, where healthy and delicious food is served and patrons pay what they can afford.
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Contributions so far: $1000.00


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity – Non-governmental organization

 

Ulster County Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1996, is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve homes. Studies demonstrate that affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.
Every person deserves a decent, safe place to live. Together, with our supportive community, Ulster Habitat helps families build homes, ensuring a brighter future that has been demonstrated to be multi-generational.
2021 marks the completion of 20 local homes for 20 local families. Habitat partner families are good neighbors and exhibit pride in ownership. Each new Habitat house contributes to the tax base of Ulster County, and to the long-term stability of the family and the community. We anticipate building 3 homes a year going forward.
Our ReStore opened in 2013, and generates hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in support of our housing mission, as well as supporting reuse, recycling, and affordable re-homed goods for our neighbors.
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Contributions so far: $1000.00


 UIDN

UIDN

UIDN’s mission: To provide a network of safety and support to immigrants, regardless of status.
Our vision: A society where everyone is welcomed, respected, and safe.
Our values: UIDN is committed to building a world of racial justice, equity and inclusion, and respect for diversity. We seek in our actions to bring such a world into being by fighting against all forms of racism and xenophobia; listening hard to the voices of the most impacted communities; and seeking dialogue and solidarity with others who work for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
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Contributions so far: $1000.00


Ulster County SPCA

Ulster County SPCA

The UCSPCA is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by providing temporary shelter and finding adoptive homes for homeless, abused and neglected animals; conducting cruelty investigations; eliminating the crisis of homeless animals by providing low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and by spaying or neutering all animals offered for adoption; providing humane education and by working to improve laws to end animal cruelty.
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Contributions so far: $1500.00


Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary envisions a peaceful world rooted in respect and justice for all living beings.
We rescue farmed animals and give them care and sanctuary, connect animals with people to advance veganism, and advocate for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements.
We welcome visitors to come and meet animals who are most commonly exploited, abused, and killed in animal agriculture. Our animal residents are given lifelong sanctuary and are treated with respect as individuals. By giving farmed animals the chance to live their lives with dignity and by sharing their stories, we advocate for veganism and aim to reduce suffering for all.
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Contributions so far: $2000.00


Woodstock Land Conservancy

Woodstock Land Conservancy

The Woodstock Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of the open lands, forests, water resources, scenic areas and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area.
With climate change threats the need to preserve biodiversity makes our work even more essential. Conserving forests which absorb carbon, preserving fields, mountains, wetlands, clean air and water, streams; supporting farming, logging, and tourism; safeguarding important habitats for wildlife and plant ecosystems: all these are part of our complex mission.
Since our beginning in 1987 we have always believed that it’s the places we love most, and these measures we take to protect them which embody a community committed to a mission such as ours.
We at WLC work with landowners who want to determine the future use of their land in support of our mission. Rather than selling land for development, WLC can offer alternatives that respect private property rights, may provide substantial financial benefits, and, if owners wish, allow them to share with their community lands they have tended and loved. WLC often collaborates with other conservation groups, businesses, and local and state agencies to achieve these goals.
In addition to protecting and caring for these important lands, WLC offers a variety of exciting outdoor nature education events year-round. By bringing people together outdoors, especially children and families, we encourage future generations to experience, appreciate and protect the beauty and history of special places throughout Woodstock and the Eastern Catskill Mountains.
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Contributions so far: $1000.00


Circle of Friends for the Dying

Supporting Local Community Theaters and Art Projects

Kelli Bickman’s Mural Art Project for the center of the town of Saugerties NY
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Contributions so far : $625.00


Circle of Friends for the Dying

Phoenicia Playhouse

The Phoenicia Playhouse is the home of the Shandaken Theatrical Society, a 40+-year-old not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing community theater to our mountain village. Our venue is a building that was built in 1887 — right off of the Phoenicia’s Main street — creating a remarkable atmosphere for experiencing theater.
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Contributions so far : $500.00


Upstate Films

Upstate Films

Mission
Connecting the Hudson Valley through transformative cinematic experiences

Vision
We believe that the moving image—the most powerful storytelling force in human history—can shape a kinder, safer, more equitable and sustainable world. We bring together our neighbors, filmmakers, artists, schools and organizations, along with visitors to our region, using movies and other media-based storytelling. Our programs build empathy, a sense of connection and a stronger appreciation of our communities and our planet.
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Contributions so far : $500.00


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Sulha Peace Project

“Sulha Peace Project” was established in the year 2000 in the midst of the Second Intifada with the goal of creating eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart encounters between Palestinians and Israelis. We, at “Sulha Peace Project,” believe in the importance of authentic face-to-face meetings as both a condition and a basis for open dialogue and mutual partnership. Conflicts engender erasure of the human faces of the Other. We seek to strengthen humanity and restore the faces of the human beings that live on both sides of the conflict. Our Sulha gatherings focus on training people to listen and feel with our hearts – an ability that is necessary for any future solution to this conflict. We operate in Israel and the West Bank, on both sides of the separation barrier. “Sulha Peace Project” invites all people from all segments of the population to come and participate in our activities.
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