The Yankees’ wildly popular and successful HOPE Week initiative (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) was introduced in 2009. The initiative is rooted in the fundamental acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. On each day during the celebration of HOPE Week, the goal is to shine a spotlight on a different individual, family, or organization worthy of the recognition and support. The Renegades' participation in HOPE Week is presented by Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).
Day 1: Tuesday, June 7th
Maria Fareri Children’s Health Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital
As part of the Westchester Medical Health Network, the Maria Fareri Children’s Health Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital provides emergency care for children in from serious injuries to burns, scrapes, and bruises. Services include a child-friendly Pediatric Emergency Department, select Pediatric Surgical Services, dedicated Pediatric Inpatient Unit, Child life services to support patients during care, and Caregiver services to support parents, siblings, and other family members during a patient’s care.
For more information, please visit mariafarerichildrens.org
Day 2: Wednesday, June 8th
Philipstown Behavioral Health Hub
Philipstown Behavioral Health Hub is a nonprofit organization that provides a single, local point of access for mental health and addiction programs, services and education for individuals and families. The Hub serves as the center of activities, programs, and resources related to mental health and addiction for Philipstown residents.
For more information, please visit philipstownhub.org
Day 3: Thursday, June 9th
The Community at Brookmeade
Opened in 1977, The Community at Brookmeade offers apartment residences and a combination of lifestyle, services, and amenities designed with the need of active older adults in mind. Located in the village of Rhinebeck, NY, Brookmeade presently serves as a 120-bed facility for seniors aged 62 and above. The Community is committed to providing all residents with a lifestyle focus on quality, centered in wellness, and facilitated by competent and caring staff
For more information, please visit brookmeadecommunity.org
Day 4: Friday, June 10th
Hudson River Housing believes that those who served our country deserve the highest level of care, including quality, affordable housing. Hudson River Housing aims to meet the needs for the veteran community through specialized housing, transportation, advocacy, and care management.
Operated by Hudson River Housing, Liberty Station was the first of three housing services available for Veterans. Opened in 2014, Liberty Station offers a supportive living environment in the company of other veterans. Units are single room occupancy, with shared kitchen and bath facilities. Garden Street Housing and Poughkeepsie Commons also offer housing for veterans. Garden Street Housing offers low-cost housing with a preference for female veterans, with private baths and shared kitchen and common areas and Poughkeepsie Commons is a 72-unit apartment complex that offers 24 one-bedroom apartments exclusively for veterans.
Veterans from Liberty Station, Garden Street Housing, and Poughkeepsie Commons will gather at Liberty Station to meet and engage with Renegades players and staff.
For more information, please visit hudsonriverhousing.org
Day 5: Saturday, June 11th
Disability, Dream & Do (D3) / ThinkDIFFERENTLY Camp @ Dutchess Stadium
D3 and ThinkDIFFERENTLY collaborate to host camp in partnership with Hudson Valley Renegades. Disability Dream & Do (D3) is a pro style practice with professional players at stadiums across the country. D3 participants have an opportunity to hit, throw, catch and run the bases with instruction from the best regardless of anyone's limitations.
The Disability Dream and Do (D3Day) sports camps were created by Dave Clark, the only pitcher in professional sports history to pitch on crutches, and Doug Cornfield, a former NCAA medal winning runner at Georgia, who himself had a child born with no arms. These camps allow professional players to interact with children with special needs in various drills and compete in sports with no limitations. In 2016, Dave Stevens, who was born without legs but played college football and minor league baseball, came on board as the D3 Day camps expanded to other cities in the US. Dave, Dave and Doug now put on camps all over the country and share their amazing stories as well as inspire others to look past a disability and turn it into an ability.
“There are two types of Dreamers, Dreamers that Dream, and Dreamers that Dream & Do! — Dave Clark, Only professional baseball player to pitch from crutches
“ThinkDIFFERENTLY” is a call to action, a genuine challenge to determine if we have it within ourselves to look past our differences and treat others the way we would hope to be treated. Too often, too many with special needs are overlooked and their unique abilities ignored. Instead, we seek to lift each other up and embrace all residents of all abilities. Launched by Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in 2015, the “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” initiative seeks to change the way individuals, businesses, organizations and communities relate to our neighbors with special needs.
For more information, Please visit www.thinkdifferently.net
Day 6: Sunday, June 12th
Fishkill Food Pantry
The Fishkill Food Pantry was established as a mission program in 1985 to assist individuals and families in the Southern Dutchess area who are coping with financial emergencies and supply basic food needs. The people served are often referred to the Pantry by social service agencies, churches, schools, and family advocates. The Pantry is the largest food pantry in Dutchess County, serving families in Beacon, Beekman, Chelsea, Cold Spring, Fishkill, Glenham, Hopewell Junction, Hughsonville, Stormville, and Wappingers Falls.
Day to day operation of the Pantry is carried out by more than 50 volunteers. There is always a need for more volunteers to assist in ways such as receive phone calls, fulfill client orders, greeting clients and distributing groceries, inventory checks, and accepting donations. Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm, Wednesday from 2:30pm to 7:00pm, Saturday (1st & 3rd of the month) from 9:00am to 12:00pm. For more information or to help, contact (845) 896-4546.
For more information, please visit regionalfoodbank.net