News & Events

Family Domestic Violence Services & The Washbourne House Holiday Gift Drive
Dec 2 – Dec 20 all-day

Calling all Elves! It’s time for our 2019 Holiday Gift Drive. It is a large undertaking & our small staff could use some help!
If you would like to donate new gift items, gift wrap supplies, or perhaps volunteer to help with gift & food distribution please message us here or email

This is the wish list for our Holiday gift-drive!

Family Domestic Violence Services & The Washbourne House Holiday Gift Drive

The drop off locations as of now are:

-New Paltz Community Acupuncture
-Savona’s Trattoria Kingston
-Jakes Autobody
-Afco Fuel Kingston
-Ulster County DSS
-Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties . Ulster County-Stoneridge, Woodstock and Kingston offices.
-First Street Dancewear

Third Annual Christmas Feast
Dec 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley, partnering with Family of Woodstock, is hosting our Third Annual Christmas Feast, held once again from 12pm – 3pm at our Kingston congregation (243 Albany Ave), is designed for those in the Kingston community and beyond who would not otherwise have the opportunity to have a special meal on Christmas.

We plan to serve an anticipated 250 guests a warm meal of turkey/stuffing/cranberry sauce, smoked salmon, rice and beans, multiple side dishes (corn, green beans, roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.), bread and rolls, desserts (especially pumpkin and apple pies), and beverages. Many local businesses, from Bread Alone to Boices Dairy, from Hanaford’s to Health and Nutrition Center, are providing food donations. Local professional musicians will be entertaining us with upbeat danceable music. We’ll have dozens of children’s gifts (thanks to People’s Place), Santa Claus at the temple, and great door prizes for men and women. Most of all we’ll have abundant helpings of kindness and holiday spirit.

Family of Ellenville Hotline Training
Jan 4 all-day

Family of Ellenville Hotline Training

when: Starts Saturday, January 4th, 2020
where: Family of Ellenville, 221 Canal St, Ellenville, NY
Open to all 16 and over

Are you interested in helping both your local and wider community? Are you that listening ear that friends and loved ones always seem to turn to? Are you interested in using the skills you have and building on your knowledge of helping? Family’s hotline training is just what you’re looking for!

Training covers the core of Family’s phone and texting hotline and walk-in services. Training topics include domestic violence, child abuse, mental health and substance abuse, adolescent issues, suicide, and homelessness. The training is free of charge and oriented towards personal growth. You will learn active, compassionate listening skills and ways to connect with people in need.

Family offers an opportunity to be part of the change you wish to see in the world. Intervention is as simple as answering a phone call or text message at the moment someone reaches out. It is as direct as offering a cup of coffee and a bag of food to someone who is hungry. It takes your skill and the amazing depth of resources Family has gathered over its 49 year history.

The training will qualify you to volunteer at any of our three walk-in centers – New Paltz, Ellenville, or Woodstock. For more information call (845) 647-2443 or stop by Family of Ellenville, 221 Canal St, Ellenville, to fill out an application.

MLK Day Celebration of Service
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

when: Saturday January 18th, 2020, 12-3pm
(snow date: Monday January 20th)
where: Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 NY-32, Rosendale

A thank you party honoring all volunteers in Ulster County

Celebrating your service to the community and honoring the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteers from Family of Woodstock and ALL Ulster County non-profits are welcome at UlsterCorps’ 11th Annual MLK Day Celebration of Service, Saturday January 18th, 2020, 12-3pm at the Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 NY-32, Rosendale, NY (Monday January 20th snow date). The event honors volunteers from service organizations throughout Ulster County for their hard work and dedication.

The day will celebrate the broad circle of kindness and generosity that knits us together as a community and demonstrates the value of the volunteer spirit across all generations. The event is free and features live music , refreshments from local restaurants, and raffle drawings for the volunteers. Volunteers from all Ulster County non-profits, as well as their families and friends, are welcome to attend.

To register for this free event please email or call (845) 481-0331.

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Orientation for local hunger relief programs
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Would you like to help increase access to nutritious foods in your own communities? If so, please join us for a Volunteer Orientation on MLK Day National Day of Service, Monday January 20th, 9-10:30am at the Everette Hodge Community Center, 15-21 Franklin St, Kingston. You’ll learn about the many opportunities to help support and grow local initiatives to address food insecurity and improve the quality of food available to those in need in our community. Volunteer opportunities include: helping to grow, glean and distribute fresh produce donated by local farms; delivering meals to homebound individuals; preparing lunchtime meals at a community cafe and evening meals at an after-school program; picking up food from local grocery stores; stocking/organizing shelves and preparing food packages at your local food pantry; assisting with food drives, community meals, and more.

Register/more info: To register or for more information please email or call/text 845-481-0331.