A local volunteer organization making an immediate impact in the lives of youth living in foster care, providing them with healing and hope.

About us

     Project My Day, Inc. is a volunteer lead 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Newburgh, New York. We believe every child should be recognized and deserves to celebrate important events in their life. Our mission is to bring JOY into the lives of children in foster care in Dutchess and Orange County, New York, by giving them gifts on their special day(s) (Birthdays, which include a celebration box, moving-up day, graduation, prom, just because, etc.)

 

What did you consider a special day in your life as a child?  These events give you much joy, love, and lasting memories, but not everyone gets this. Here at Project My Day, Inc., we want to provide every child in foster care in Dutchess and Orange County, New York, with those everlasting memories by giving them gifts on their day!

 

We work with Dutchess and Orange County Department of Social Services, and The Children's Home of Poughkeepsie to get wishlists from foster children so we can get them what they want. We are the only NYS Charities registered 501(c)(3) providing gifts to foster children on their day(s) in the Hudson Valley. Please help us bring joy to these children living in our community. 

How It Started

Project My Day was founded in 2023 by Amanda Oberpriller. Though Amanda was not in the foster care system, she abruptly had to leave her home and county at 13 years old. A few years later, she, unfortunately, bounced around, living with a few friends and their family, and then with her grandparents, until she met her husband. Amanda knows how your birthday and special life events can be forgotten, along with the effects of childhood traumas. She wants to do everything she can to ensure that birthdays and special events for children in foster care are never forgotten. Through this, she hopes to create everlasting joyful memories for them.

Our Board

Amanda Oberpriller

President & Founder

is a resident of Orange County, New York, and a SUNY Empire State graduate of Psychology. She is married to Brian Oberpriller, and they have three children, ages 3, 11, & 14. Amanda has been a stay-at-home mom caring for her youngest but has decided that now is the time to fulfill her long-term dream of creating a nonprofit for children in foster care. After long days and nights of planning, budgeting, and designing Project My Day, Inc. was created.

 

2023 Rising Star Recipient- Junior League of Orange County, NY

2024 Presidents Award- Junior League of Orange County, NY

2024 Betty Jane Polanis Asset Builder/Adult Volunteer Award- Orange County Youth Bureau

Brian Oberpriller

Vice-President

is a resident of Orange County, NY. He is a Project Manager/ Estimator with Paramount Building Construction, Inc, an Instructor for The North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund, and he sits on the Executive Board for the Carpenters Local 279. He is also a Delegate for the NASRCC. Brian loves volunteering to help with community projects.

Joseph Perez

2nd Vice-President

resides in Orange County, New York, with his wife and two children. He is the President of Paramount Building Construction, inc. Currently, he serves as the 2nd Vice President on the Construction Contractors Association Board. Joe is excited to be a part of making a difference for children in foster care with Project My Day, inc.

Matthew Ross

Treasurer

has been actively engaged in Orange County his entire adult life. He started working as a carpenter over 30 years ago. Matt is an active member of Local 279 and has been for over 20 years, also serving as a Council Representative for over five years. In addition, he has been an avid member of his community, serving as a Scout Master for Pack 54 and partnering with multiple community organizations.

Marilyn Gagnon

 Secretary

is a resident of Orange County, NY, but originally from Maine. She is married to Steve Gagnon, and they have four children (triplets who are 13 years old and a son who is 16). Marilyn currently works in Early Intervention as a service coordinator, and is excited to be a part of Project My Day, Inc.