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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
On June 17, twelve volunteers participated in a Day of Action at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley located in Cornwall-on-Hudson. The volunteers helped the Food Bank sort through the donations it received so that the food can be sent out to nearly 200 food pantries in the region. Volunteer Alan Creais, a leader of his company’s community engagement efforts, was able to take part in his first Day of Action with United Way. Alan Creais, President...
Monday, August 22, 2016
When Born Again Disciples and the Hudson Valley Community Center recently merged, their facilities were in great need of some updating for their children’s summer programs. To help with this worthy cause, eleven volunteers, including LuAnn Toth and her husband Steven, came together to landscape, weed the gardens, and paint the building as part of a Day of Action. LuAnn and her husband currently live in Highland, and she has worked at Marshall...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Donations for United Way's Back-to-School Backpack Drive are being dropped off daily at our office's in Poughkeepsie and Montgomery. We are delighted to see the boxes for each category fill up as we sort and inventory all the materials that our community is generously sharing to make sure kindergartner's-in-need will have the school supplies they require, before the start of classes.  Pat Roza, from Elant Fishkill, with United Way's Manager of...
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
  United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is honored to announce the 2016 Class of Loaned Executives. This dedicated group of 18 Hudson Valley professionals, whose companies have agreed to loan to United Way for the Fall 2016 Campaign for the Common Good, have begun an intensive two-day professional training on Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10. The first session included a presentation by Kim Quimby, Executive Director of Girls on...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Nubian Directions YouthBuild/Americorps Program Coordinator Mario Johnson and his great New Directions YouthBuild AmeriCorp team came up with the idea of repurposing former newspaper box stands into Community Free Libraries a few months ago. On Friday, the team began to install them at various locations in Poughkeepsie. With the support of many Community Partners, including United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region as well as Main Printing and...
Thursday, July 14, 2016
A few weeks ago the reality of gun violence was made apparent to us at United Way in an all too graphic fashion. At a little after 5pm when people began to leave the office we heard what could have been a backfire or early fireworks, but instead was gunfire. Yes, another shooting in our city. This time the attack began in the basketball courts in the park across the street from our office. One person shot (eight shell casings found) and parents...
Monday, July 11, 2016
We #LiveUnited. The Violence Has To Stop. Message from United Way Worldwide President Brian Gallagher Jul 8, 2016 Brian Gallagher The Violence Has To Stop Colleagues, We're trying to come to grips with escalating violence in the U.S.  Two more Black men killed by police this week, Dallas police officers killed last night, and the LGBT community attacked in a night club shooting in Orlando.  It goes on and on; school children gunned down,...
Monday, July 11, 2016
Natalie is a freshman at Marist College with a double major in Criminal Justice and Spanish. She is from California, but enjoys being on the East Coast and lending a hand around the Poughkeepsie community. An active member of Campus Ministry, Natalie participates in various community service projects and even drives the students in the Campus Ministry van to their volunteer locations. Not only is she involved with Campus Ministry, but she is...
Monday, June 27, 2016
Kathleen O’Keefe is the Associate Director of the Mount Saint Mary College Career Center, and has been volunteering with United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region for several years. In addition to various volunteer activities, Kathleen serves on United Way’s Education Council. This April, Kathleen and her colleagues teamed up to celebrate National Volunteer Week by donating her time to Dress For Success at the Community Action Partnership for...
Monday, June 20, 2016
A Celebration of Reading On June 16th at Gov. Clinton Elementary School, Book Buddies volunteers and students gathered to celebrate more than 750 hours of reading they have done together.  Book Buddies, sponsored by Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, a United Way nonprofit partner, is a program that gives elementary school students the opportunity to read one-on-one with an adult volunteer.  Mr. David Scott, Principal of Gov. Clinton...