As part of a nationwide effort to improve quality of life, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region (UWDOR)brought 50 plus volunteers together in the Dutchess-Orange Region on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2015.
Together volunteers from corporate partners and the community contributed 200 hours to nine community projects, for an estimated economic impact of over $5,000 returned to the community according to New York State’s declared value of volunteer hours.
The Day of Action volunteers:
· Opened a summer camp for local kids at Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh (Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell, LLP)
· Planted a community garden at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center (UNFI)
· Revitalized a nonprofit office space at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County in Millbrook (Hannaford LaGrangeville and D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP)
· Painted a senior home and tended a community garden at Elant in Newburgh (BallCorps and Westage Companies)
· Painted a homeless shelter and childcare center at Project Life in Newburgh (Walden Savings Bank)
· Organized professional clothing at Dutchess County Community Action Partnership’s Dress for Success boutique in Poughkeepsie, which provides local women tools for life advancement (Target Poughkeepsie)
· Cleared overgrown landscape at the future home of the Potter House Community Center in Poughkeepsie, the site of the former YMCA (FLUOR)
· Helped clean the streets of Poughkeepsie during Hudson River Housing’s Meet–N-Clean (community volunteers)
· Gathered basic hygiene necessities for Safe Homes of Orange County. (Bank of America and M&T Bank)
“Volunteers help build a stronger Hudson Valley community for all of us,” said Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “In addition to serving as a clearing house for nonprofit volunteer opportunities through our online volunteer portal, we also devote several specific National Days of Service a year to group volunteer projects. Last year UWDOR volunteers provided over 30,000 hours of volunteer work to make life better for their neighbors in Dutchess and Orange counties.”
The UWDOR endeavor is part of a global Day of Action, in which United Way galvanizes thousands of volunteers across the world to make a difference in their own communities. Last year, nearly 350 United Ways in 14 countries brought people together for projects focused on education, income and health. This Day of Action is just one of five annual UWDOR Days of Caring.
Individuals and groups interested in volunteering are encouraged to visit the UWDOR Volunteer Portal at volunteer.uwdor.org. More than 130 area nonprofits post opportunities and there is sure to be one to match everyone’s interest. The UWDOR volunteer portal is also available on its Facebook page via the All for Good Volunteer app.
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region works to engage Dutchess and Orange countycitizens to work collaboratively to address their communities’toughest challenges. “We continue to make it a priority for people across the community to get involved,” explained UWDOR Manager of Community Mobilization Melissa Clark. “Through each opportunity, more and more people are answering the call to give their time to make their community a better place. We’re continually working to connect people with what matters most to them, in order to create a positive impact all across our community."
For additional information about volunteering opportunities and United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, go to www.uwdor.org, like UWDOR on Facebook, follow @uwdor on Twitter and @unitedwaydor on Instagram, and find uwdor on Flickr.