Give a book and a little time and you'll change a child's life

Nothing's better than a summer afternoon spent with a good book. Yet many youngsters never experience reading for pleasure.

You can help change that by devoting one hour this summer to the "Classroom Buddies" program - an extension of the Book Buddies program sponsored by Literacy Connections, a funded partner of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange region.

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Young Leaders United’s June 20 Networking Event in Poughkeepsie to Collect Nonperishable Breakfast Foods for Local Nonprofit

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Young Leaders United will host a networking event and nonperishable food drive from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 20 at Union Square, 51 Market St., Poughkeepsie.

Admission to the event is free and young business and professional people are welcome to attend and meet the Young Leaders. All attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable breakfast food item or make a monetary donation to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

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3,000 Kids, Adults Enjoy Cars, Trucks, Planes June 3 2012 Touch-A-Truck/Aviation Expo at Fundraiser for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

Wide-eyed young boys and girls looked up at huge bucket trucks and cranes many times their heights as they walked along Orange County Airport’s runways June 3 during United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s 2012 Touch-A-Truck/Aviation Expo.

“It’s every little boy’s dream,” said Stephanie Austin of Walden, whose 2 1/2-year-old son Thomas was waiting to climb up a huge concrete mixer. He’d already visited a fire truck and was wearing his plastic fireman’s hat as he looked up, way up at where he would climb. Austin said it was their first time attending the annual event.

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Loaned Executives work hard for United Way

“Loaned Executive.’’ It’s a term for United Way volunteers willing to roll up their sleeves, work hard and in many cases, over and over again.

Kathleen Murphy and Burton Relethford are two such people. Both have been “repeat’’ Loaned Executives during annual United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region Workplace Campaigns.

Relethford is president of the Beta Financial Group in Fishkill. A volunteer last year, he returns in 2012.

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"We're here for you"

Week after week, Joe Mills picks up truckloads of food, stocks shelves and carries bags of groceries for people who may otherwise go hungry.


Mills, a former lieutenant for the Fire Department of New York City, is the volunteer manager at the Good Will Food Pantry in Montgomery.


He retired a year after Sept. 11, 2001. Like many emergency responders, he lost friends in the terrorism attacks and worked for weeks at the site.

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John Rath Named Chair of 2012 Annual Workplace Campaign

John Rath, TD Bank senior vice president and veteran community leader, has been named chair of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s 2012 Workplace Campaign.

The annual Workplace Campaign will run from September through December 2012. To date, more than $2.2 million was raised in the 2011 campaign. The funds raised during the Workplace Campaign enable United Way to bring the community together in collaboration to solve major quality of life issues that provide opportunities for all to live successfully.

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