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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 helping make a difference in our community!

Why I Volunteer by Kevin Cleary

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 Department, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Grange, Lions Club, Little League, and many other civic organizations.

What’s Credit Got to Do With It?

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 best methods for young people to start building credit. 


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. 

Board Views by Dave Jolly

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.