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Monday, July 6, 2015
Kari Rieser has been volunteering with Middle Main Poughkeepsie since the program first started up about a year ago. On the June 19th Day of Action, Rieser helped clean up the streets of downtown Poughkeepsie at the organization’s Meet-N-Clean event. The Middle Main initiative is a program sponsored by Hudson River Housing. It is devoted to making Poughkeepsie a vibrant neighborhood by utilizing the community’s current assets, and bringing...
Monday, June 29, 2015
Bill Fioravanti is not new to volunteering. He has worked on a number of beautification projects aimed at making a change in his community. He was excited to share his painting skills with the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center as part of National Volunteer Week.   Bill and his team from the Orange County Partnership and the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union lent a hand to revitalize The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center’s...
Monday, June 22, 2015
On June 12th, the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region held a Day of Sharing, in which community nonprofits came to the Poughkeepsie Office and collected items for their organizations. Days of Sharing are hosted by United Way on a quarterly basis, and features items such as bedding, housewares, and clothing which are all generously donated by local businesses, including Van Huesen, Bed Bath & Beyond, Calvin Klein, and Izod.     Carly...
Monday, June 15, 2015
After spending the day sorting through food items at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley with her colleagues at Macy’s, Shanika Williams-Nelson can’t wait to bring her church’s youth group to participate in a similar project. “I want to expose them to this wonderful opportunity and promote charitable values. Once they have an opportunity such as this they may take on community projects to lead themselves.”   As part of National Volunteer Week,...
Monday, June 8, 2015
For Chris Valdez, volunteering as a United Way Education Council member is not enough. He is constantly looking for additional opportunities to give back. Most recently, he helped organize his team at Central Hudson to participate in the Annual Newburgh Community Cleanup, the 2015 National Volunteer Week final project.      Chris, alongside nearly 200 community volunteers, rid the Newburgh streets of 21,000 pounds of trash! “Picking up trash...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
In her first year at the Marist Campus Ministry, Michelle Khawam has led countless community projects and even built a greenhouse at a community center in Marida, Mexico. Michelle, after finishing her Masters Degree in Theology, and joining the Campus Ministry, can barely contain her excitement over her community involvement! “I love a new challenge and I have the chance to give students the opportunity to be of service.”   Besides leading faith...
Monday, May 18, 2015
“There was never a week where someone wasn’t smiling because of what United Way does,” said David Green as he reflected on his internship. David served as the spring 2015 Community Impact Administrative Intern. As he prepares to graduate and enter the workforce, he considers himself fortunate to have had the opportunity to intern with United Way. “As a resident of Poughkeepsie, United Way has exposed me to all of the wonderful efforts going on...
Monday, May 11, 2015
   Aeman Khan has always been the first person to volunteer, from childhood through her career. Through observing her families dedicated help within the community, she was inspired start on her own trajectory to be a volunteer leader. Today she fills that role at TEG Federal Credit Union. “I am a volunteer today because of my parent’s giving spirit.”   As part of National Volunteer Week, Aeman mobilized her team at TEG to rejuvenate the Mid-...
Monday, May 4, 2015
Jennifer Pawenski moved back to Dutchess County four years ago with the intention of getting involved in her community, but she had no idea to what extent. In that time she has become a recognized community leader. Besides participating in Young Leaders United she co-chairs the entire Hudson Valley Young Professionals Committee (HVYP), a group of more than 1400 young professionals who aim to learn, lead, grow personally and professionally,...
Monday, April 6, 2015
His favorite comic book hero is superman and not entirely coincidentally the theme for his company’s employee giving campaign which he manages at Central Hudson was called “Heroes for our Community“ and featured Central Hudson employees dressed up as superheroes. Joe Dallvechia has been an advocate for United Way for quite some time. He was the co-chair of the 2013-2014 employee campaign and the 2014-2015 Chair, but he has been involved in some...