United Way of the Dutchess-Orange region mobilized more than 200 volunteers working on 13 transformative projects throughout the region during National Volunteer Week 2017, helping to support nonprofit Community Partners and Hudson Valley communities. Part of United Way’s Days of Caring initiative, National Volunteer Week occurs annually in April and is an opportunity for corporate partners to provide hands-on help with a variety of projects in the Hudson Valley. Volunteers contributed a total of 800 plus hours with an economic impact of almost $22,500.
If you’d like to make a hands-on impact in your community too, the next major volunteer effort will be for United Way’s annual Day of Action in June. This year, UWDOR volunteer opportunities will be available at various locations from from June 19th to 24th. For more information about how you or your organization can be involved, contact Melissa Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-471-1900, ext 3128 or go to volunteer.uwdor.org.
“What a successful day! We were able to check over and box 17 pallets, totaling 10,891 pounds of food. This is a HUGE help to our program and we thank United Way and the 15 volunteers for this critical help,” exclaimed Troy Martin, Volunteer Coordinator of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. United Way mobilized teams from corporate partners from Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, Central Hudson, Macy’s and TD Bank, whose work at the Food Bank will help in the fight that no one in our community is hungry.
Volunteer teams from LEGOLAND New York, M&T Bank and Rhinebeck Bank joined together to help transform the pavilion at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Some of the volunteers painted the picnic benches in fun, fresh colors while others work to clean and prepare it for the summer. When asked what he enjoyed most about his volunteer experience at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Center, Rammie Nesheiwat, manager at M&T Bank, states “Giving back and supporting the community in which I myself was raised, and am now raising my kids in, is extremely rewarding.”
“Service Unites is the theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week and through the example of more than 150 volunteers we see just how true that is,” stated Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “Our corporate partners know the value of volunteering to help build teamwork among employees and for hands-on support that gives back to the community we live and work in. We thank each and every one of them for joining us in the fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.”
This year, 13 different nonprofit agencies and organizations participated in National Volunteer Week in the Hudson Valley including:
· Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and Marist College volunteers helped sort and organize clothes for Dress for Success Dutchess County’s annual spring Shopping for a Cause sale. (Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUKK45e)
· Volunteers from the Northwestern Mutual, Poughkeepsie Journal, Young Leaders United, Poughkeepsie High School and Mayor Rob Rolison who assisted with Hudson River Housing’s Middle Main Poughkeepsie Earth Day Clean-Up. (Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZjLDsy)
· Volunteers from Central Hudson, Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Crystal Run Medical Group, TD Bank, and UNFI assisted with Safe Harbors of the Hudson’s Newburgh Earth Day Community Clean-Up. (Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskYoSdyC)