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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
The success of children in life, school and at home can be greatly altered by their community involvement and help from volunteers. The story of Michael, a young 2nd grader, shows that help from nonprofits, volunteer programs and clubs can go a long way toward a child’s learning and social interaction abilities. Michael moved 4 times in the past 2 years, mostly to unsafe, poor neighborhoods where his mother could afford housing. He has three...
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Military service is a selfless act that brave individuals take part in due to their undying love for our country. They protect it everyday so that we may be safe to live our lives without any fear or violation of freedom. Many of my family members served in the military and I have learned from them that life after service can be quite difficult to readjust to. Mental illness, poverty, and physical trauma are a few of the many complications that...
Friday, July 20, 2018
About the 2018 Community Champions: Joe Lawless & Gaye Mallet Joe LawlessVice President, Information Technology (I.T.) Technical Services (TEC) Solutions Delivery Group (SDG)UPS Joe began his UPS career in June 1983, as a loader / unloader in the Central Jersey District in Edison, New Jersey, and was promoted to part-time hub supervisor in July 1984. Joe was promoted to Programmer in Corporate Information Services (I.S.) in June 1986,...
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A community thrives when it has residents who are passionate about seeing it grow. No matter if you live in a bustling city or a rural town, you are part of a community. The strength of a community depends on the connection between those who live there. As for Mr. Rammie Nesheiwat of M&T Bank, he believes that his connection to the community is strengthened by his vigorous volunteer work. United Way takes pride in its volunteers and Mr....
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
    I’m sure that for many people, the thought of buying a home seems like one of the most frightening tasks of adulthood. “Where do I begin? Who do I talk to? What can I afford?” This apprehension is common in the minds of first time homebuyers, and luckily these questions were answered by Mr. Vincent Aurigemma on Thursday, June 28th. United Way hosted another chapter of financial literacy workshops, this one being geared towards first time...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
    On Friday, June 22nd, I spent my morning working with over 20 employees from Central Hudson to help clean up the backyard of the Poughkeepsie Glebe House. This event was a part of United Way’s Day of Action, which involves teaming up with local businesses in order to complete community projects. I have been a Dutchess County resident for my entire life and have never once paid any mind to the little 18th century building located on Main...
Thursday, June 28, 2018
  My name is Alyssa Chelak, I am one of the interns at United Way of Dutchess and Orange Region.  I work with the marketing team to learn and implement new marketing techniques in order to raise awareness to our company mission.  Although I have only been working with them for a few weeks, I have already learned several lessons with the United Way team that will prove to be invaluable as I progress with my career. Just this past Thursday I...
Thursday, June 28, 2018
    Thursday, June 21st, marked the Day of Action for United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region and I was more than happy to participate in a few volunteer events. The Day of Action is an excellent chance for companies to give back to the community and make new connections. A few employees from the Ball Corporation in Middletown and I teamed up to help out our local division of the American Red Cross. We were welcomed into the warehouse and were...
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...