A group of local sports enthusiasts affectionately called â€śthe volleyball geeksâ€ť will once again host the Annual Rooftime Volleyball Tournament to support the Dutchess County Coalition for the Homeless (DCCH), this Saturday and Sunday, July 21st and 22nd.Â The tournament will be held at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, and begins at 9am each day.Â DCCH is a project of Hudson River Housing.Â This is the twentieth year of the tournament, which has raised over $100,000 in support of the shelter in that time.
The event is organized by Stephen Anania and Shari Wingard.Â Through their tireless efforts, each year hundreds of volleyball enthusiasts descend on Oakwood Friends School to engage in some friendly competition, all for the benefit of the homeless in Dutchess County.Â Players of all skill levels compete for nominal prizes.Â There is also a junior game for kids.Â All player registration fees go directly to support DCCH.Â A food booth serving hamburgers, grilled chicken, soda, water and other items is hosted by the Resident Council at Hillcrest House, a transitional housing program for formerly homeless individuals operated by Hudson River Housing.Â Many of the homeless who utilize the DCCH shelter transition to housing at Hillcrest House.
No experience is necessary to participate, and registration is still open at www.rooftime.net, or on the morning of the tournament.Â Spectators are also welcome â€“ many families bring picnic lunches and set up small tents to enjoy the tournament with their children.
DCCH was founded in 1986, and provides shelter, two meals, showers, laundry, transportation and case management services for up to 60 homeless men and women each night.Â DCCH operates 365 nights of the year, and is often near capacity even in the summer months.Â Recently, DCCH has seen an increase in the number of young people using the shelter, as well as an increase in individuals experiencing homelessness for the first time.Â In 2011, DCCH provided shelter for nearly 500 individuals.Â Â Â
For more information, contact (845) 454-5176 or visit www.rooftime.net