Volunteer Spotlight: Kathleen O'Keefe

Kathleen O’Keefe is the Associate Director of the Mount Saint Mary College Career Center, and has been volunteering with United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region for several years. In addition to various volunteer activities, Kathleen serves on United Way’s Education Council. This April, Kathleen and her colleagues teamed up to celebrate National Volunteer Week by donating her time to Dress For Success at the Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County. Kathleen and her colleagues spent the morning helping re-organize the Dress For Success Boutique so that it would be ready to go for it’s upcoming sale. The women worked hard to organize merchandise by size, color, and type of clothing.

Kathleen has also participated in past United Way Days of Caring, including volunteering at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley as part of Make a Difference Day. “I take the opportunity to help my community whenever I can.”

“It’s fun to be out of the office, spend the day doing something different, and to give back to an organization that has helped out so much. I feel great after completing the project, we had fun!” Kathleen shared when asked what her favorite part about this National Volunteer Week project. This stellar volunteer is always dedicating time to strengthen her community, whether it be volunteering at church or even helping out local animals with Pets Alive.

If Kathleen isn’t out volunteering, you will surely find her helping her students a Mount Saint Mary College, where she works diligently to place them at meaningful internships in the community. “It’s important that local college students get opportunities to gain impactful experience and broaden their horizons to all we have to offer right here in the Hudson Valley.”

United Way is lucky to have so many volunteers, just like Kathleen, who work hard each and every day to provide their communities with the resources necessary to prosper. YOU can start your volunteer journey today by visiting volunteer.uwdor.org

—Spring 2016 Marketing & Social Media Intern Anna Carbone, Marist ’16