Courtney Kelley truly embodies the spirit of volunteering. Through her work with the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition, short for Creating Assets Saving Hope, Courtney has filed the taxes of over 100 Hudson Valley residents free of cost. Courtney served as a Tax Counselor this past year.
Kimberly Kochem began her United Way career over three years ago. As the Vice President of Community Impact, Kimberly designs and implements the community investment strategy. “I analyze data and work with local thought leaders and topical experts to ensure our strategy is as effective as possible.”
DeWayne Haygood may no longer be in the Air Force, but he is continuing to give back to his community even after leaving the service.
Ivette O’Sullivan launched The Center of Opening Doors for Families, Inc. last year to connect the local Latino population with resources and services. This initiative takes place in Wappingers Falls and is filling a vital need. Previously according to Ivette ”There were no services to help Latino families in Wappingers.
When two and a half years ago Linda Riedeburg opened up Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley’s monthly newsletter and read the advertisement “Seeking Book Buddies” she immediately picked up the phone. Linda is a former educator and recently retired. She was looking for the right volunteer opportunity to give back.
Each year Sandy Kane waits in anticipation as the Rhinebeck Central School District employee giving campaign comes to a close. Sandy Kane has been the Employee Campaign Manager for over 25 years and has been responsible for spreading the word about United Way and encouraging her colleagues to donate to the campaign.
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Joann Menendez’s favorite aspect of the recent Day of Action project was getting to know other people engaged in community work. Joann has led her team from Walden Savings Bank on service projects in the past at the Newburgh Daycare, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Boys & Girls Club, AHRC, and the Housing Resource Center. As part of Day of Action they revitalized Project Life, a local homeless shelter.
Jessica Wilson (pictured, far left) proudly participated in her second Day of Action, leading a team of dedicated United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) employees in a community gardening project at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Jessica previously served at a Day of Action gardening activity in Keene, New Hampshire.
For UWDOR President and CEO Jeannie Montano, service is a way of life.