Maybe something to eat, or a ride to a medical appointment; maybe a caring gift at Easter or Christmas – and always a kind heart.

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.  -Mother Teresa 

What kind of place is this Pawling Resource Center and what happens here?

It is a place where neighbors can get assistance in difficult times, or simply when they need a helping hand – like a ride to the doctor. It’s a place where they can turn to when the groceries run low and when they worry how to feed the family. It’s a place where folks can borrow a crutch after an injury. It’s a small safety net in a small community – a place of compassion, a place of kindness. It’s a place where volunteers work out of love, where neighbors donate out of kindness and where people can turn to confidentially and quietly and where they can expect a helping hand. It’s that and so much more. It’s a place with a heart.

Who do we serve?

Child EatingPeople right here in Pawling who are elderly and homebound and don’t have a car… People in the community who have hit a rough spot and may need food to make it through the month. When people need help, they know the place.

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 Our programs include:


Food Pantry

Food Pantry

There are people right here in Pawling who can’t always make ends meet. Sometimes hunger threatens.

The food pantry offers nutritious choices for families and individuals in need. Thousands of food items are received through grants and donations from the community throughout the year. In addition, the Resource Center provides special meals during the holiday seasons.



Medical Equipment Loans

Medical equipment is offered at no charge to assist residents who wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

This equipment enhances mobility for Pawling residents and includes crutches, walkers, beds and many other types of “quality-of-life” equipment.



Volunteer drivers assist residents by providing door-to-door rides to medical appointments in Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester Counties and also the local Connecticut area. Click here for information about requesting a ride. This program is supported by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, and the United Way of Dutchess and Orange County A minimum of 3-5 days notice is required.



Sometimes people get into situations where they don’t know what to do or where to turn to. They may just need support or guidance.

The Pawling Resource Center refers people to local and state social services agencies and guides folks through the process in situations beyond our capabilities.



Gift baskets

Acts of kindness take many forms. One special service provided by loving volunteers are gift baskets for residents. People may be sick, hurt and lonely, and a thoughtful basket filled with useful and nice goodies makes a difference in their mindset and brings a little love into their day.