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Volunteer Spotlight: Damien Cole

Damien Cole, a local Poughkeepsie resident and Nubian Directions YouthBuild/AmeriCorps member, is dedicated to volunteering.

Nubian Directions works to provide technology training, work readiness skills and educational support services for youth and adults to enhance the workforce. They are well known for their community development activities.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Phil Lekanides

Phil Lekanides has been a member of Young Leaders United for over four years. During his tenure with United Way he has contributed countless hours to several initiatives. He has refurbished homes with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, beautified the City of Poughkeepsie with the Middle Main initiative, served as a community outreach volunteer, and collected food donations.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jodi Harris

Jodi Harris has been a long time United Way ambassador, first as a Young Leader, then as a Loaned Executive. This year Jodi is the co-chair for Central Hudson’s United Way Workplace Campaign. In her new role she has managed several events aimed at increasing employee giving and participation. “The United Way campaign is ingrained in our company culture, I just try to keep the momentum going.”

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