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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Jodi Harris has been a long time United Way ambassador, first as a Young Leader, then as a Loaned Executive. This year Jodi is the co-chair for Central Hudson’s United Way Workplace Campaign. In her new role she has managed several events aimed at increasing employee giving and participation. “The United Way campaign is ingrained in our company culture, I just try to keep the momentum going.” Jodi is helping to institute many campaign ideas and...
Monday, November 30, 2015
We do well when our community does well; it’s in our DNA,” explained Rammie Nesheiwat, Regional Retail Manager at M&T Bank, after leading his team on a ‘Make a Difference Day’ project. Rammie and his team of M&T employees cleaned up the City of Poughkeepsie in partnership with Hudson River Housing’s ‘Middle Main Initiative.’ Community service is extremely important to M&T – it’s integral to their culture. Branch managers and other...
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Amanda Sucato manages Energy Efficiency programs at Central Hudson, helping customers to get the most value out of their electricity and natural gas. Throughout her ten years at Central Hudson, she has become a respected leader and was a natural choice for chair of the utility’s 2015-2016 United Way workplace campaign. Amanda has lived in Poughkeepsie her entire life, except for her college years, when she earned her degree in Electric...
Monday, November 16, 2015
Wendy Mann is no stranger to volunteer work, so when her department manager asked her to join the Marshall & Sterling team for Make a Difference Day on October 24th, the answer was obvious.   Make a Difference Day is the largest nationwide day of service, and in Dutchess and Orange counties, there were plenty of opportunities to get involved through United Way. Food Bank of the Hudson Valley was one such location that required the help of...
Monday, November 9, 2015
Maria Gardner has always had a green thumb, so she was right at home when she volunteered on the September 11th National Day of Service. UWDOR Loaned Executives participated in this nationwide project by lending their muscle to Elant at Fishkill, a senior residence, where they spruced the place up by planting mums in preparation for Grandparents Day, which took place on Sunday, September 13th. Loaned Executives serve as key campaign fundraisers...
Monday, November 2, 2015
On September 11th,   Ann Metz, along with her co-workers from Ball Corporation, paid tribute to the victims of the national tragedy by performing service activities to improve their community. Ann has participated in Ball Corporation Community Ambassador volunteer programs for several years but she hadn’t participated in a 9/11 Day of Service in the past. Her team, following the national disaster response theme for 9/11 Day of Service, spent the...
Monday, October 26, 2015
Courtney Kelley truly embodies the spirit of volunteering. Through her work with the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition, short for Creating Assets Saving Hope, Courtney has filed the taxes of over 100 Hudson Valley residents free of cost. Courtney served as a Tax Counselor this past year. The CA$H Coalition is a community coalition that enlists the help of local volunteers to complete over 7,000 people’s taxes locally. This work brings to our region...
Monday, October 12, 2015
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.” Kimberly enjoys working with United Way’s community partners and volunteers. “We are uniquely positioned in the community to address the most...
Monday, October 5, 2015
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. Volunteering at the September 11th National Day of Service was just one of the many ways this United Way Loaned Executive gets involved.   UWDOR Loaned Executives participated in this nationwide project by lending their muscle to Elant at Fishkill, a senior residence, where they spruced the place up by planting...
Monday, September 28, 2015
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. Opening Doors is now providing youth outreach services and coordinating educational projects.” On September 18th, as part of...