Transgender health services now available
Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley will launch its Transgender Health Services Program Monday at its Kingston and Poughkeepsie health centers.
The program will soon expand to all five of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley’s health centers, including Monticello, Goshen and Newburgh.
Transgender refers to a person who has a gender identity that is incongruent with, or does not match, the gender they were assigned at birth. Resources for medical transition are not readily available in the Mid-Hudson Valley and transgender residents in the area must travel to Albany or New York City for care.
Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley will offer gender-affirming hormone therapy, self-injection training and referrals to legal and medical services. For information, call Yonah EtShalom at (845) 204-4768 or email yonah. email@example.com.
Catskill High students seek funds for needy
Catskill High School’s Student Government is collecting funds for its annual “Santa’s Helpers” campaign, which provides food baskets to local families in need. Money that is collected will supply a week’s worth of food to about 65 families in the area.
The fund drive, an annual tradition for more than 60 years, will begin Thursday, Dec. 1, at various businesses throughout the town and village. Student volunteers will be shaking cans through rain, sleet, or snow to help raise money for food and other necessities through the holidays. Hours will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
Local organizations can make contributions or drop off a check to “CHS Student Government,” memo: Santa’s Helpers, at the school’s main office. For information, call Erin Holdridge-Carlile, student government adviser, at (518) 943-2300, ext. 2135.