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Monday, June 18, 2018
In 2008, the first group of dedicated young professionals came together as Young Leaders United, a United Way affinity group.  Since then they’ve tackled innumerable volunteer projects together. They’ve raised awareness of United Way during community events. Many have served as Book Buddies, helping kids reach their full potential while acting as role models and inspirations.  Each holiday season Young Leaders hold an annual mixer for volunteers...
Monday, June 18, 2018
United Way is continuing to expand its volunteer initiatives, with special programs for veterans, new opportunities and focus If you ever wonder what you can do to help, an easy answer can be found online at United Way’s volunteer portal, http://volunteer.uwdor.org.  “We’re really the volunteer hub of the Hudson Valley,” explained Director of Community Impact Melissa Clark. “Anyone can go online and type in their interest and location and find...
Monday, June 18, 2018
Our quarterly Day of Sharing program expands its impact and focus with the addition of The Children’s Corner In June of 2016 we received a call from a nurse at a local elementary school. She said that some children were coming to school without socks and even underwear and asked if we could help. Immediately we asked all of you - and you responded with alacrity. But we knew this situation wasn’t limited to that one month, but was ongoing...
Monday, June 18, 2018
After tragedy, the inspiration of seeing our community join together Tuesday, May 15th didn’t seem too different from any other day until everyone’s phone began to buzz and ding with tornado warnings. When they first appeared, the sky actually didn’t seem too ominous, but most people took note and sought shelter or safer locations. Luckily most of our area was spared the worst of the storm, but several places did experience devastating tornados...
Friday, June 15, 2018
  Dads and role models come in different shapes, sorts and sizes.    Happy Father’s Day from all of us at YOUR United Way!   You’re our Super Heroes - today and everyday!
Monday, May 21, 2018
“The outpouring of support for our Newburgh neighbors is overwhelming,” said Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region “Since Thursday, when we put out the first call for help, four businesses stepped up to serve as additional drop off locations for the supply drive (Lori Buhagiar Allstate Office, Newburgh Brewing Company, Rhinebeck Bank and Ulster Savings Bank). In addition, the community asked us to do...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region will be running a supply drive, now through Friday, May 25, to help support our Newburgh neighbors in the aftermath of Tuesday's tornado. "The City of Newburgh is still in a state of emergency. Some electricity has been restored, but many residents are still without power or water. Some streets are still closed as post-storm clean-up continues. Senior residents unable to navigate the stairs have been...
Monday, April 16, 2018
The first Community Heroes Project training, hosted at Dutchess Community College, has officially come to a close. This cohort consisted of thirteen enthusiastic, motivated and community-minded individuals from across the Hudson Valley, with over 180 years of combined military service. Over the course of three sessions, this group of veterans, current service members and military family members assessed the needs of our community and explored...
Friday, March 30, 2018
04/2/2017 2:10 pm During tax season, a woman called into United Way's Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1 to schedule her free tax appointment with the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition in Dutchess County. While waiting on hold, she listened to information regarding other services that 2-1-1 provides. After she scheduled her tax appointment, she then asked the 2-1-1 call specialist if she would mind assisting her with something else.  She went on to explain...
Friday, March 30, 2018
07/05/2017 02:39 pm United Way's Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1 received a call from a Dutchess County woman who is a breast cancer survivor. She'd been struggling over loss of income following her diagnosis and treatment and was unable to continue her career as a nurse because she was no longer able to work. She was also over income for DSS assistance. When she called 2-1-1, she already had to shut off for electric and was facing eviction. As she...