Friday, May 27, 2011

Coming Soon: 2011 Annual Prevention Conference

Please consider attending the 2011 Annual Prevention Conference, “Where We Stand, 2011.”  The conference is being held on June 16, 2011 from 8:00am - 1:30pm.  Sponsored by the Ulster Prevention Council, SUNY Ulster, Ulster County Dept. of Mental Health, Ulster County Dept. of Health, the Office of Community Research and the Mid-Hudson Prevention Resource Center, this year's conference will use a new approach to releasing results from the 2010 Youth Development Survey (YDS).  The YDS was administered to all 7th-12th graders in each of the 9 Ulster County School districts.

The conference will bring together key stakeholders from schools, agencies, local government, faith-based and youth-serving organizations to continue to provide a venue where participants will actively learn how to promote protective factors and reduce risk factors for children and youth in Ulster. Networking opportunities are built into the conference and will allow each attendee to connect with experts in the field and access a multitude of professional resources.

Conference attendees will be provided with powerful prevention 'tool kits.' Each tool kit will offer community leader’s evidence based strategies for building local capacity and resources to support community development around prevention.  Breakfast and Lunch are included.  For more information please contact Cheryl DePaolo, Director of the Ulster Prevention Council, at 845-458-7406.

Please click on this link to register:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Recycled Bike Giveaway!

On Friday, June 3rd from 3:30-4:30pm 
Family Services' Youth Services Department 
is having a recycled bike giveaway! 

With the help of an amazing volunteer the youth in our Teen Resource Activity Center Program have refurbished used bikes and will be giving them away to people who need them. If you are interested in a bike for you or your child please pick up an application at Family Services' Youth Services Department, Suite 109, 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.  Completed applications are due back in Suite 109 by May 27th.  All applicants will be informed by June 1st if they have been selected to receive a bike.  Please note:  All minors receiving a bike must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Diane Labenski, Director of Youth Services, at 845-452-1110 x3170 or via email at:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

There's Still Time to Vote!

Family Services' own Dennis Dean of the Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) and Family Services' Board Member Tree Arrington are both nominated for their volunteerism in the community!  Dennis has told us that if he wins the award he will donate his cash prize to the TRAC Program!!!

The United Way of Dutchess County and Hands On! The Hudson Valley are inviting the entire community to participate in choosing an awardee of the Spirit of Dutchess County Awards through an online nomination and voting process. Each year the United Way recognizes champions who exemplify the very spirit of volunteerism. This year, one will be chosen by you, the community. Four additional awards, determined by a jury, will also be made. United Way will also grant $1,000 to the Dutchess County 501(3)(c) organization of the awardees choice that is helping making our county a better place in which to live.
Please take a moment and vote

Dept of Labor Report: Women's Employment During the Recovery

Link to full report

In 2010, women represented 46.7 percent of the United States labor force, a slightly larger share than at the start of the recession in 2007. Overall 71.9 million women were employed or looking for work, representing 58.6 percent of all women aged 16 and over.

As the overall workforce has become more diverse, so have working women. Among women in the labor force, 13.1 percent are black, 4.7 percent are Asian and 12.8 percent are of Hispanic ethnicity. Along all racial groups, men are more likely to be employed than are women, however black women are almost as likely as black men to be employed — a fact that reflects the lower likelihood of black men working compared to other men. The gender gap is widest among Hispanics — as Hispanic men are more likely than other men to be employed, while Hispanic women are less likely than other women to be employed.
Women are nearly twice as likely as men to work part time. In 2010, 26.6 percent of women worked part time compared to just 13.4 percent of men. More women are currently working part-time than were doing so prior to the recession, reflecting the increase in women working part-time because they can't find full-time work. One in five women working part-time are doing so because they can't find full-time work. Prior to the recession, less than one in ten women working part-time were doing so because they couldn't find full-time work.

Women are nearly 50 percent more likely to work in the public sector than are men with 18.2 percent of employed women working in public sector jobs. Despite this high concentration in a heavily unionized sector — 36.2 percent of those working in the public sector are members of unions compared to 6.9 percent of those in the private sector — women are less likely to belong to a union than are men. In 2010, 11.1 percent of women were union members, compared to 12.6 percent of men.1
Women are less likely to be self-employed, only 5.5 percent, compared to 8.3 percent of men.2 However, women-owned businesses are growing rapidly. According to the most recent Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners (2007), the number of women-owned businesses grew by 20.1 percent between 2002 and 2007, compared to 5.5 percent for men-owned firms. In 2007, the Census counted 7.8 million women-owned business, representing 28.7 percent of all nonfarm businesses in the US.

Women surpass men in educational attainment. Among the employed ages 25 and over, 37.1 percent of women have at least a bachelor's degree compared to 34.9 percent of men. Because women are less likely than men to be in the workforce, female college graduates are still outnumbered by male college graduates in the labor force. However, women with a bachelor's degree outnumber men by 1.6 million in the population as a whole and women are a growing share of college graduates. As such, women college graduates are likely to outnumber male college graduates in the labor force in the near future.

Half of all women working as full-time wage and salary workers earned $669 or more per week in 2010. This median weekly wage was 81.2 percent of that earned by men. Asian women earned the most among women in 2010 — with half of all Asian women earning $778 or more. Hispanic women earned the least, with half of all Hispanic women earning $508 or more per week (and thus half earning less).
The unemployment rate averaged 8.6 percent among women in 2010. Data for March 2011 shows that the economic situation is improving for women, who have seen their unemployment rate decline to 8.3 percent.

However, while the private sector has added 1.7 million jobs over the past 12 months, the public sector has lost nearly 400,000. Since women are disproportionately likely to work in the public sector, their unemployment decline has been smaller than that experienced by men. The unemployment rate for men averaged 10.5 percent in 2010 and has declined to 9.3 percent in March 2011. However women continue to have a lower unemployment rate than men, are less likely to be long-term unemployed, and have a median duration of unemployment that was 1.9 weeks shorter than men's in 2010.


1Union membership refers to members of a labor union or an employee association similar to a union. However, some workers are represented by unions despite not belonging to a union themselves. In 2010, 12.4 percent of women and 13.8 percent of men were either union or employee association members or workers who report no union affiliation but whose jobs are covered by a union or an employee association contract.
2Self-employed refer to self-employed workers whose businesses are unincorporated.

Nonprofit Advocacy Efforts

Sue West, President
From the desk of Sue West

What can a government bureaucrat from Connecticut say that would make a room full of NY nonprofit leaders envious?

No, this isn’t one of those light bulb jokes.

Last Friday, Deb Heinrich told the Dutchess County Coalition of Nonprofits about her work as Nonprofit Liaison to Connecticut’s Governor Daniel Malloy. She’s out to change the way Connecticut does business with nonprofits. She wants the state to change from an adversarial “they’re only out to get money from us” posture to a partnership, working together to serve.

What does that mean?

In Connecticut, that means Heinrich has a cabinet-level position representing nonprofits, ensuring that the interests of the people we serve are at the table when money is being cut during these difficult economic times. According to Heinrich it also means some practical money and time saving changes for nonprofits like standardizing and simplifying state contracts and reporting requirements, and redefining how services are delivered. It means breaking down state agency silos so that data can be collected across agencies and analyzed in ways useful for decision making. And, it means community planning to prioritize needs and shape a shared vision for service delivery.

Heinrich has only been in her job since January, but she’s been making things happen in the nonprofit sector for several years as a legislator before taking on this new role. Both the governor and the nonprofits have confidence in her.

So, how about NY? During questions and comments, Representative Mark Molinaro encouraged those of us in the audience Friday to contribute our thoughts to Governor Cuomo’s SAGE Commission. The Spending and Government Efficiency Commission is the governor’s vehicle for introducing change. Not quite the same focus, but we should take advantage of any opportunity we have.  Governor Cuomo's SAGE Commission has been tasked with improving the efficiency and quality of government services.  They have just launched a website through which the public is invited to make suggestions:<> .  Please share your ideas with the Commission!

I’m getting my thoughts together. How about you?

All the best,

Dutchess County Fair Housing Survey

At the beginning of May, Dutchess County and the City of Poughkeepsie Community Development Programs released a community survey related to fair housing issues.  The survey is available at the link below.  It includes questions about traditional fair housing concerns (such as racial and ethnic discrimination) and “fair housing choice.”  Fair housing choice is about making sure people have a variety of housing choices available to them throughout the community. 

This survey is totally anonymous and should take about 10 minutes.The survey will be open until Monday, May 23, 2011.  If you have any questions, please contact Beth Doyle, Community Development Administrator at (845) 486-3600 or  Thank you for your assistance.

Survey link:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Paul Robeson Presentation A Great Success!

Thanks to all who attended the Paul Robeson: An American Life presentation presented by the Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library on May 7th.

Guest enjoying the reception (L-R) Olive Douglas, Violet Mazah, Marie Tarver, Terri LeRoy
Co-Director of Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Libray Odell Winfield with Tony Mitchelson, who read his inspirational poetry at the event.
Actor Michael Monasterial of Passing the Torch Through The Arts giving a speech based on the life of Paul Robeson.
Our featured lecturer (left), Dr. Michael Morrison, with Rodney Douglas, Director of Poughkeepsie's New Day Repertory.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Join Us Today at the Unity March

Unity March to end domestic violence!  May 10, 2011

Domestic violence service providers in Dutchess County invite you to join us in unity.  We will take to streets of the City of Poughkeepsie to rally against domestic violence.  Please join us as we support all victim services and honor victims and survivors of domestic violence. Your commitment to join us will demonstrate our strength in numbers and dedication to ending the violence.

For more information please contact Leah Feldman, Project Coordinator, Universal Response to Domestic Violence, at 845-486-2335 or

Family Services Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ulster County!

Family Services' staff bravely laced up their shoes and took to the lanes to help support our affiliate organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ulster County.  The Bowl for Kids Sake is an annual fundraising event for BBBS.

                      Left to right: Sasha Helton, Mike Coleman, Sue West, Anthony Lucky,                                            Jean Calyer,  Jessica Wallach, Doug & Tess Nostrand  

Since 1977, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ulster County has been helping children to reach their potential through professionally supported mentoring relationships. Many of us, if we think back to our youth, had an adult make an impact on our lives. Maybe you were a Little Brother/Little Sister yourself... maybe it was a coach, a teacher a pastor. It was the person who made you feel special and helped you on the path to adulthood. That’s what BBBS wants for these children.

For more information on BBBS and their events please call  (845) 338-0431 or visit their website at