Everyday Hero #4 - Melissa Gray

“We want to help our community and our club serves as a vehicle to help many different people.”

These are the words of Melissa Gray, President of Eta Sigma Delta Community Service Honor Society at the Culinary Institute of America. The Honor Society is an invitation-only group for those enrolled in Bachelor Degree programs at the Culinary and those who are also serious about community service. 

National Volunteer Week a Success for United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region and Local Non-Profits Thanks to Community Volunteer Support

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange region supported a number of events that brought together community volunteers with local not-profit agencies that needed a helping hand. Throughout the National Volunteer Week of April 6-13, business and service groups from across the two counties joined forces to do such things as paint, tutor, sort food donations, and collect personal hygiene products for those in need. 

Everyday Hero #2 - Dylan Jankovich

“I feel good knowing that I am going to brighten a senior’s day,” explained Dylan Jankovich when describing his participation in his West Point team’s volunteer project.

Not only is Cadet Sergeant Dylan Jankovich a community leader at West Point, often organizing his Company G-4, “Guppies,” to help out with a number of causes, Dylan is also a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering. He hails from California, and like many West Pointers, is not only using his time there to further his military career, but to give back. 

National Volunteer Week Every Day Hero: Hero #1

Their company motto is to “be the best beer company in a better world” and Christine Van De Mark will tell you that it starts with service to their community. On Saturday, Christine and her colleagues from Metal Container sorted through 2,240 pounds of food to support the efforts of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. The seven volunteers who participated at Saturday’s event were from Metal Container’s office and facility.  
“These employees rarely have a Saturday off and they are here; this speaks volumes!“said Christine. 

United Way's Women's Leadership Council Hosts Successful Power of Purse Fundraiser To Support Positive Opportunities for Women and Girls

Food, fun, friends, and philanthropy are always a winning combination for a successful fundraiser and the Power of the Purse, hosted by the Women's Leadership Council of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls had it all. It was a great night out to support United Way and its commitment to programs and initiatives that create positive opportunities for women and girls.