In her first year at the Marist Campus Ministry, Michelle Khawam has led countless community projects and even built a greenhouse at a community center in Marida, Mexico. Michelle, after finishing her Masters Degree in Theology, and joining the Campus Ministry, can barely contain her excitement over her community involvement! “I love a new challenge and I have the chance to give students the opportunity to be of service.”
“There was never a week where someone wasn’t smiling because of what United Way does,” said David Green as he reflected on his internship. David served as the spring 2015 Community Impact Administrative Intern. As he prepares to graduate and enter the workforce, he considers himself fortunate to have had the opportunity to intern with United Way. “As a resident of Poughkeepsie, United Way has exposed me to all of the wonderful efforts going on to better this city and Dutchess and Orange Counties at large.”
His favorite comic book hero is superman and not entirely coincidentally the theme for his company’s employee giving campaign which he manages at Central Hudson was called “Heroes for our Community“ and featured Central Hudson employees dressed up as superheroes. Joe Dallvechia has been an advocate for United Way for quite some time.
Wondering why everyone is wearing blue today? We’re joining with our friends in the Dutchess County Government and participating in Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue Initiative, to raise awareness of those living with autism.
Over fifteen agencies attended the Day of Sharing held on March 13th. Organizations had their pick of clothing, bedding, curtains, house wares and more. These items are all brand new and generously donated by retail partners at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, and Izod. Days of Sharing are hosted by United Way on a quarterly basis.
Carolyn Zazzarino: Accountant, Coach, Rock Star