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Happy Labor Day - 2017

United Way's staff wishes you a very Happy Labor Day Weekend. Our office will be closed for the holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, September 5th.

If you have a non-life threatening emergency or question, remember that United Way's 2-1-1 Help Line is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 2-1-1 (1-800-899-1479) for the answers you need.

Community Champion 2019: Dr. Kristine Young

Dr. Kristine Young, Ed.D.
President, Orange County Community College

Over the initial four years of her tenure as President of SUNY Orange, Dr. Kristine Young has begun to significantly reshape the student experience, while at the same time expanding access to the College and cementing public-private partnerships that place SUNY Orange in the midst of academic and workforce training innovation.


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.