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 way since he first started with Central Hudson six years ago.
“Superman always did the right thing.” Joe aspires to always do the right thing not only in his work as the Campaign Chair at Central Hudson but also with his other community involvement which includes participating in a number of walks to raise awareness for various causes, attending many community functions and volunteering for the good of the community.
Joe also served as a grant reviewer last spring and got a chance to read and asses the grant proposals submitted and offer feedback to which programs would make the most local impact. This gave him an opportunity to become even more immersed in the work of United Way.
Joe led his team in a Make a Difference Day project on October 25th. Central Hudson employees were incredibly enthusiastic and hard working. They ended up volunteering “overtime,” to ensure the repairs were done, to refurbish the home of an elderly Poughkeepsie resident. Volunteers painted both of the 100 year old house’s porches, as well asthe trim and the window frames, repaired the roof, and performed yard work.
This project was done in coordination with Rebuilding Together of Dutchess County, the Poughkeepsie Journal and United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.
Joe emphasized the importance of volunteering “as a means to have a direct benefit on someone’s life and make a meaningful impact.”
After finishing a volunteer project he feels energized and ready to continue to make a difference.
In Joe’s experience as both Campaign Chair for Central Hudson and as a community volunteer, he has found that people are very generous and willing to both open their heart and lend their muscle!
To learn how you can be a community hero, go to volunteer.uwdor.org.
-Interview by Melissa Clark, Manager of Community Mobilization