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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...
Monday, September 21, 2015
When two and a half years ago Linda Riedeburg opened up Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley’s monthly newsletter and read the advertisement “Seeking Book Buddies” she immediately picked up the phone. Linda is a former educator and recently retired. She was looking for the right volunteer opportunity to give back. This program is exactly the volunteer opportunity that she had been looking for. Book Buddies is a program that matches...
Monday, September 14, 2015
Each year Sandy Kane waits in anticipation as the Rhinebeck Central School District employee giving campaign comes to a close. Sandy Kane has been the Employee Campaign Manager for over 25 years and has been responsible for spreading the word about United Way and encouraging her colleagues to donate to the campaign. Every fall Sandy gives a presentation about the importance of giving to United Way at the annual school district staff meeting. “...
Monday, August 31, 2015
Juella Guadalupe, a veteran volunteer, remarks on her Day of Action service, “After completing today’s project I feel very fulfilled and happy to be outside on a gorgeous day!” Juella is an Administrative Coordinator at Ball Corporation and manages the Community Ambassador volunteer program for Ball’s facility in Wallkill.   Juella has coordinated various volunteer projects within the community in previous years. Just this year, she has engaged...
Monday, August 24, 2015
Joann Menendez’s favorite aspect of the recent Day of Action project was getting to know other people engaged in community work. Joann has led her team from Walden Savings Bank on service projects in the past at the Newburgh Daycare, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Boys & Girls Club, AHRC, and the Housing Resource Center. As part of Day of Action they revitalized Project Life, a local homeless shelter. Joann was pleased to discuss the...
Monday, August 17, 2015
Jessica Wilson (pictured, far left) proudly participated in her second Day of Action, leading a team of dedicated United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) employees in a community gardening project at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Jessica previously served at a Day of Action gardening activity in Keene, New Hampshire. She is excited that upon her move to New York State she could continue to help out in Day of Action, United Way’s National Day of...
Monday, August 10, 2015
For UWDOR President and CEO Jeannie Montano, service is a way of life. Jeannie has worked in the nonprofit field for over 20 years, many of those years spent in an executive capacity. She joined UWDOR just 5 months ago and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the mission. “I love to be part of an organization that truly helps the community,” said Jeannie. Upon reflecting on her wealth of experience she quotes the great Albert Einstein “Only...
Monday, August 3, 2015
Ray Andreassen came armed with chainsaws, weed whackers, rakes and shovels, along with a team from FLUOR, to Day of Action. Ray and his team excavated a parking lot at the future site of The Potter House in Poughkeepsie, and the former site of the YMCA. It had become overrun by vegetation and the FLUOR volunteers restored it to a functional parking lot once again. He and his team took on this laborious project with the intention to finish; even...
Monday, July 20, 2015
Tracie Parrella has always had a passion for service, so she was especially excited when she found out that she could donate her time through United Way to make a difference in the lives of local children. At the annual United Way Campaign meeting at Paychex, where she is employed, Tracie learned that she could not only make a difference by contributing financially to the Community Fund, but that she could also volunteer in the community. She...