DG Stewardship Program
Support the Community by Recycling Your Old Books!
Since 2012, the DG Stewardship Program has been able to donate over $25,000 to local Hudson Valley Charities, as well as carefully selected organizations around the world. The DG Stewardship Program is all about community – and it is because of you, our local community, that we are able to ‘pay it forward’ to the wider communities of the world.
Our Used Books are the cornerstone of the Program. We’ve got shelves and shelves of fabulous used books, all donated by you, our wonderful customers. Through the years, our collection has continued to grow, and so have the proceeds – all of which are donated to charity.
Remember us the next time you sort through your books and join us as we strive to give back.
***Reduce – Reuse – Recycle***
The DG Stewardship Program gladly accepts donations, anytime during business hours, of your good-condition used books relating to the spiritual, metaphysical, occult, science, arts and tarot or oracle decks. Books are being donated all the time, so stop by often to check out the selection – it has grown to be wonderfully diverse, and you never know what you will find!
Books are being donated all the time, so it’s best to stop by often to check out the selection – you never know what you’ll find!
Charities being supported by the DG Stewardship Program for 2020 are currently being selected. Check back soon!
In 2019, the DG Stewardship Program contributed over $2,275 from the sale of our used books and other events to:
- $517 – Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. We began as the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association and, over 50 years later, we are New York’s clean water advocate, having helped set worldwide standards for waterway and watershed protection and serving as the model for more than 300 Keeper programs around the globe.”
- $500 – Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 with the specific purpose to provide intervention in the lives of children who are sexually exploited and vulnerable to or involved in prostitution and pornography. 2019 marks Children of the Night’s 40th Anniversary of rescuing America’s children from prostitution right here in the United States. Since 1979, we have rescued over 10,000 American children from sex trafficking/prostitution – that is more children than other sex trafficking programs combined. And in most years, we spend 87% or more of our funds on the direct care and education of children and young people who have been victimized by prostitution.
- $400 – LUNAFEST – LUNA does not hope for change. We bring it. We are committed to inspiring women, championing change, and demanding that equality be a right, not an option. This is not something we wish for—we’re doing something about it. This fierce attitude fueled us to create LUNAFEST. Almost two decades ago, we saw that women were painfully underrepresented in film. So in 2001 we created the first all-women traveling film festival. Our first event was a small but hopeful screening in California. Since then, we’ve opened opportunities for more than 150 women filmmakers, putting them in the spotlight. And as Kit Crawford, founder & co-CEO insists, “telling stories that have to be told.’ In addition, each year our unique platform travels to close to 200 cities, raising funds for local women’s causes. But our work is not yet done. There are still more than twice as many male short-film directors as woman directors. Let’s flip the script on equality. Someday women will have an equal stage. Someday is now.
- $100 – Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) is a national leader in youth leadership and character development programs, human rights education, and advocacy initiatives that inspire and empower individuals, organizations and communities to use their time, talent and resources to build a just and sustainable world. We are dedicated to breathing new life into the precedents set and the legacies left behind by the First Lady of the World, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Our cutting-edge programs and experiences epitomize Eleanor Roosevelt’s passion and commitment to principled leadership, social justice, and human rights. Cultivating this same passion and commitment in young emerging leaders, equips them to be self-reliant and empowered agents of change. Our efforts are focused on three key pillars: revolutionizing youth leadership, igniting civic engagement and redefining global activism.
- $400 – Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley provides two meals, once a week, to the families of caregivers and children diagnosed with any type of cancer. Caregivers are defined as legal guardians of children, under the age of 18, living in the home. Caregivers and/or children diagnosed with any cancer that requires chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery qualify. All recipients must live within a 35 mile radius of the charity’s health department-approved kitchen in Wappingers Falls.
- $150 – Peach Hill Park has been home to numerous DG Outings over the years. It offers walking trails through a former apple orchard, leading to spectacular views in all directions. The 159-acre passive-use and open-space park is jointly managed by the Friends of Peach Hill and the Town of Poughkeepsie Recreation Department. It is located off Salt Point Turnpike in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
- $100 – Hudson Valley Seed educates children in school gardens, empowering students through curriculum-integrated lessons focused on healthy eating, food literacy, outdoor learning, and academic success. They reach more than 5,000 K-5th grade students each year in elementary schools in New York’s Hudson Valley, integrating nutrition education and experiential learning into public school classrooms by bringing dozens of classes each week outside to school gardens to grow and taste new vegetables, read and write, learn math and science, and learn about health and wellness.
- $100 – HV Creator Fest raises awareness and money for a local charity while also featuring locally created goods and having a good time in the process. In 2019, HV Creator Fest was honored to fundraise for Heroic Food, a nonprofit organization based out of Hudson, NY. The mission of Heroic Food is to prepare and train military veterans for careers in sustainable farming, agricultural trades, and food entrepreneurship in a veteran-supportive environment.
In 2018, we contributed over $4,425 from the sale of our used books and other events to:
- $390 – The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment that improves lives and empowers at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities. The philosophy of The Children’s Home starts with the belief that all children have a right to a protective, nurturing environment. They provide therapeutic services, parenting education and counseling, residential care, and work with the goal of returning children to the community.
- $320 – LUNAFEST
- $25 – Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill
- $90 – Peach Hill Park
- $300– Grace Smith House is a private not-for-profit domestic violence agency, providing both residential and non-residential services to victims of domestic violence and their children. We offer residential shelter, non-residential services, counseling, advocacy, legal assistance, and preventative education for residents of Dutchess County, NY and surrounding counties.
- $500 – Hudson Valley Seed educates children in school gardens, empowering students through curriculum-integrated lessons focused on healthy eating, food literacy, outdoor learning, and academic success. They reach more than 5,000 K-5th grade students each year in elementary schools in New York’s Hudson Valley, integrating nutrition education and experiential learning into public school classrooms by bringing dozens of classes each week outside to school gardens to grow and taste new vegetables, read and write, learn math and science, and learn about health and wellness.
- $1000 – Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley
- $1000 – VAHVHCS Adaptive Sports Volunteers
- $800 – Woza Moya facilitates the sustainable empowerment of the local community to reverse poverty, to ensure improved health outcomes and to protect and develop children and youth. Their approach is bottom-up strength-based development in collaboration with local stakeholders and in partnership with like-minded organisations. Woza Moya’s ultimate success would be indicated by a transformed Ofafa Valley, driven by local volition, resilience and agency; where every member is healthy, well nourished, feels safe, and experiences an annual progression towards an improved future.
In 2017, we contributed over $2,250 from the sale of our used books and other events to:
- $500 – Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley.
- $75 – “Protect the Hudson” project by Clearwater through sale of Riverkeeper statuettes.
- $380 – Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, devoted to providing basic literacy education for adults.
- $470 – Hope On A Mission, a street ministry serving homeless and addicted women of Poughkeepsie.
- $450 – NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness Mid-Hudson, the nation’s largest grass-roots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illnesses and their loved ones.
- $300 – Hudson Valley Hospice End of Life Doula program, monies collected at our public ritual for Samhain.
- The continued yearly upkeep of a Propur water filtration system for Maestra Martina Mamani of the Quechua Nation Raqchi, for the sacred temple Centro de Sanación Siwar Qoyllur (Hummingbird Healing Center) in Raqchi that she guards and teaches from. This system provides safe, clean drinking water, free from harmful chemicals and bacteria, allowing individuals to obtain water from any source and enable it to become potable.
In 2016, we contributed over $8,500 from the sale of our used books and other events:
- The purchase and continued yearly upkeep of a Propur water filtration system for Maestra Martina Mamani of the Quechua Nation Raqchi, for the sacred temple Centro de Sanación Siwar Qoyllur (Hummingbird Healing Center) in Raqchi that she guards and teaches from. This system will provide safe, clean drinking water, free from harmful chemicals and bacteria, allowing individuals to obtain water from any source and enable it to become potable.
- This November, in the course of a mere 36 hours, our community made it possible that we could donate $6,750 for Standing Rock, in addition to a variety of necessities for the Water Protectors standing up against #NoDAPL.
- $458 – Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation
- $456 – Breast Cancer Fund, which focuses on exposing & eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer.
- $563 – VA Adaptive Sports program from the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System at Castle Point. This organization help provide support, equipment and lessons to disabled Veterans.
- $40 – Peach Hill Park
- $35 – Rice Bowls – providing much needed meals to children around the world through partnerships with orphanages.
In 2015, we contributed over $1,039 through the sale of our used books and other events:
- $192 – Healthy Families of Dutchess County – Provides free, voluntary services to support pregnant and parenting families through activities & education.
- $472 – Hudson Valley chapter of JDRF – supporting research, cures, services & resources for those affected by Type 1 Diabetes.
- $200 – FarmOn! Foundation – creates and funds youth educational programming to instill awareness, respect, and inspiration for sustainable farming, nutritional education, and community connections. Their current project is building a community center & working farm in the Hudson Valley dedicated to educating the next generation of sustainable farming, and educated food choices.
- $100 – Rice Bowls – providing much needed meals to children around the world through partnerships with orphanages.
- $50 – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- $25 – Arts Mid Hudson
In 2014 we contributed $1,838 through the sale of our used books and other events:
- $400 – The Living Well Program, which supports survivors of domestic violence, and during the course of the 16 week program the Dreaming Goddesses also prepared & served a meal for the participants & mentors.
- $583 – Sparrows Nest, which prepares and delivers homemade trays of food to the families of moms with cancer in parts of the Hudson Valley.
- $250 – TMI Project, which offers transformative memoir workshops and performances that empower people to move beyond their limiting stories.
- $477 – Miles for Hope, fostering community, commitment, resources & services to support those affected by breast cancer.
- $128 – Rice Bowls – providing meals to children around the world through partnerships with orphanages. This is a program we continue to support throughout the year in addition to our quarterly donations.
In 2013 we contributed $2,180 through the sale of our used books and other events:
- $337 – Miles for Hope. $70 of which was raised by selling “flying wishes” at the Arlington Street Fair.
- $100 – Peach Hill Park. We hiked Peach Hill for a Full Moon Gathering and the collection basket was donated.
- $520 – Project Helping Hands, in support of a local nurse, Devon Jameson, attending a medical trip in Peru. Not only did we donate funds but collected supplies for distribution.
- $335 – The Hairdresser’s Ball, an annual fundraising event for Hudson Valley Community Services, (formerly ARCS).
- $280 – Pougkeepsie Day Nursery, on Clover St.
- $715 – Shaping Empowered Teens, a program offered through the Poughkeepsie High School.
In it’s first year, 2012, the DG Stewardship Program collected $2,400.
The charities who benefited from your generosity were the SPCA, Go Red for Women, The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Abilities First, The Kiwanis Club, High Valley Retreat Center, The Samaritan House for Women Vets, and a family directly affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Stewardship: the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something.
The Dreaming Goddess is committed to Earth Stewardship, beginning with our own backyard.
Here are some ways that we put that into practice:
- The DG is committed to giving back and supporting the community that has supported us since 1995. Each year we donate dozens of gift certificates and gift baskets to local school programs and various non-profits organizations that support the community at large.
- We donate the money collected from the sale of our used books to organizations, both locally and globally that empower individuals to live better lives.
- We offer Free educational evenings, such as Tea & Stones, and Water Ceremony, encouraging the community to come and expand their knowledge of various subject matter that enhances personal growth.
- The DG offers many beautiful lines of merchandise that have been made by human hands. We search out handmade fair trade imports and crafts from both local artisans and across the USA.
- We purchase merchandise from companies that are aligned/affiliated with programs that “giveback” around the world to those in need.
- We continually reduce our waste by reusing and recycling packing and shipping materials for our own shipping and with neighborhood shops.
- We use 100% recycled copy paper for flyers and handouts and our tissue paper that we use to wrap all your treasures is made of 100% recycled fibers.