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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...
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Today Kevin Cleary, United Way Board Member and Vice President of Sales at IBM, visited Book Buddies at Gov. Clinton Elementary School. Kevin got to witness Book Buddies “in action” working with at-risk children. Clinton is on their 5th year in the Book Buddies Program.  Julie Falco the Reading Teacher at Clinton Elementary uses the Book Buddy program as an informal intervention when a child starts falling behind. Following his visit, Mr. Cleary...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Annette Sullivan began working at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region just over two years ago. Currently, she serves as the Executive Assistant and Board Liaison to the President & CEO, Jeannie Montano. Before joining United Way, Annette was an employee of IBM and had a career that spanned 35 years. “Ever since I started at IBM, I donated to United Way. The work of United Way has always interested me,” explains Annette. One of Annette’s...
Friday, May 6, 2016
 As the daughter of two prominent community leaders in Dutchess County, giving back has always been an ingrained philosophy for Julia Pagones. “Growing up I was always taught the importance of giving back and making a difference in the community. I know how much of an impact one person can have,” explains Julia. Julia Pagones has been a part of Young Leaders United for four years. When she first began with Young Leaders United, Julia was...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Matt Paquet has been a devoted UWDOR supporter and a part of Young Leaders United for nearly eight years. As the current chair, he ensures the group of community leaders gets out there and lives their mission, to support the work of UWDOR and foster a spirit of community involvement among the next generation of leaders. For two years in a row, they’ve teamed up with the Hudson Valley Young Professionals to revitalize the City of Poughkeepsie...
Monday, March 28, 2016
Michelle Nepton has had a “whirlwind of a year!” Michelle joined United Way just over a year ago to manage United Way’s workplace campaigns throughout Dutchess and Orange Counties. Just recently she was promoted to Donor Development Manager and looks forward to her new job seeking foundational support for United Way. While she is excited about her new responsibilities she will miss working with the Loaned Executives, her “army of volunteer...
Monday, March 14, 2016
Damien Cole, a local Poughkeepsie resident and Nubian Directions YouthBuild/AmeriCorps member, is dedicated to volunteering. Nubian Directions works to provide technology training, work readiness skills and educational support services for youth and adults to enhance the workforce. They are well known for their community development activities. Damien is grateful to be a part of the New Directions YouthBuild & AmeriCorps program. Their most...
Monday, February 29, 2016
Volunteering is nothing new to Christie VanHorne. From her college days volunteering with UNICEF, to volunteering abroad in Africa and eventually joining the Peace Corps, it’s safe to say that Christie VanHorne is no stranger to the art of volunteerism. “Volunteering has always been a huge part of my life!” Christie explains. Now Christie serves as a Health Impact Council Member and a volunteer grant reviewer for United Way. She has been a part...
Monday, February 8, 2016
Rose Ann Simpson recently ended her long career with the Poughkeepsie Journal. During her 28 years at the Poughkeepsie Journal, she served her community by participating as the Employee Campaign Manager for the Poughkeepsie Journal’s United Way Campaign. Rose Ann worked in several departments including human resources, the newsroom and the Publisher’s office, each time taking the responsibility of overseeing the Campaign with her. “I knew that...