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Friday, May 24, 2019
Happy Memorial Day from YOUR United Way! Memorial Day EventsDutchess County (Courtesy of the Poughkeepsie Journal)Orange County (Courtesy of the Times Herald-Record) Veterans Information & DiscountsDutchess CountyOrange County Please note that our offices are closed in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday. If you need immediate help, dial 2-1-1 to reach United Way's 24-hour, 365-day helpline Donate now to support our...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Every Friday, here at United Way we look forward to dressing down. To wearing jeans and usually a United Way "Live United" tee. But today, Wednesday, April 24, we're joining United Way employees around the country to wear denim as a way to show solidarity for survivors of sexual assault. Our colleague, Neil Parikh, the Director of Network Communications for United Way Worldwide, wrote about Denim Day here: https://www.unitedway.org/blog/denim-...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
What is your community's greatest need? Take the short, 2-minute survey let us know what you feel are priority areas for United Way support. Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JZNXKFZ All responses are anonymous and confidential. United Way fights for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of every person in our community. We want YOUR help in understanding the best way to do so.Thank you for your continued support of United Way of...
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
This campaign season we wanted to give special recognition to Employee Campaign Managers who increased their campaigns the most this year. We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Employee Campaign Manager Contest: Dorrie Chelak from EFCO Products, Inc. Travis Podolec, Cassandra Paupst and John Nardi from Orange Bank & Trust Jessica Caserto & Joe Hally from Central Hudson Congratulations!! Thank you for all your hard work and for...
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
I grew up in Bainbridge New York, a small upstate New York town where dairy farming was the major occupation. Bainbridge did have an Elmer’s Glue factory, which employed about 150 people, but farming was the way of life for most residents. I learned at an early age the importance of helping your neighbor in need because you never knew when you’d need help in return. With only 1,500 residents Bainbridge depended on volunteers to staff our Fire...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
My name is Erin Howard and I had the privilege of interning at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region during the fall of 2018. From September through mid-December, I was able to experience what working in a nonprofit is like. As a Marketing and Social Media Intern, I primarily dealt with matters involving press releases and social media posts; however, the lessons I learned during this time were far more extensive.   I am currently a...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
On Thursday October 18th, United Way partnered with Rhinebeck Bank to host a financial literacy workshop at Dutchess Community College. The workshop was geared toward building, repairing, and maintaining credit.  John Panzella, an expert in the realm of finance, delivered a masterful presentation on the ins-and-outs of credit. He covered a very wide spectrum of topics, ranging from what credit is, to how one’s credit score is determined, to the...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
If you attended United Way’s Community Breakfast in September, you may already know who ALICE is. If not, ALICE is someone you meet everyday. Perhaps ALICE is your parking attendant, the cashier where you get your coffee, the home health care aide for your parent, or the receptionist at work. ALICE is Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed.  ALICE is often working not just one, but two to three jobs to keep food on the table and their family...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
This past year United Way’s Community Heroes Project has provided invaluable training for veterans, service members and their families     It has been almost one year since we had the pleasure of launching the Community Heroes Project, a free volunteer leader training program for veterans, service members and their families.  Over the last 11 months we’ve had the opportunity to train a total of 24 enthusiastic, motivated and community-minded...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Over the past 15 years I have had the pleasure of being involved in the United Way, through campaign as a donor as well as on the Board of Directors. As a social worker who has been involved in the field of human services for more than 25 years, I can attest to the power of each dollar that I have been able to spare and contribute to the United Way over these years.  My dollars have turned into food for children as they leave school for a...