United Way will mobilize close to 100 volunteers for annual Day of Action

Continuing its work to help improve the quality of life in Dutchess and Orange counties, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region (UWDOR) will mobilize close to 100 volunteers for its annual Day of Action to be held June 19 – 24. Volunteer teams from United Way’s corporate partner organizations will be sent to nonprofit community partners throughout the region and will participate in a variety of activities that range from organizing food donations and cleaning public spaces, to preparing disaster-readiness kits.

Community members are invited to join Day of Action and volunteer for Hudson River Housing’s Middle Main Poughkeepsie Clean-Up on Saturday, June 24th from 10am to 12noon.  For more information and to register, go to United Way’s volunteer portal: volunteer.uwdor.org.

“Volunteers are a key component of our community-building effort in the region,” said Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “We see people from all walks of life coming together to make life better for their neighbors in Dutchess and Orange counties. Our corporate partners find that sending volunteer teams helps to build and reinforce employee engagement, encourages camaraderie among coworkers and their supervisors as well as providing a meaningful way to give back to the community, ”

United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action galvanizes thousands of volunteers across the globe to make a difference in their own communities. Last year, more than 418 United Ways in 21 countries mobilized volunteers in their communities on Day of Action. Here in Dutchess and Orange counties, 123 volunteers donated 452 hours at nonprofit community partners, with an economic impact valued at $12,471 on Day of Action 2016.

“This year marks United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s fifth Day of Action,” explained Melissa Clark, Director of Community Impact. “Through events like this, United Way strives to increase the capacity of nonprofits in our region through hands-on help by volunteers. Our overarching mission is to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community; through our Days of Action and Days of Sharing, we help support that work.”

Volunteer teams from 13 corporate and organization partners, including: Girl Scouts, Hannaford Supermarket, IBM, Macy’s, TD Bank, Think Dutchess and Young Leaders United, will tackle a variety of projects including:

·         Sorting and organizing food donations at Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

·         Clean-up of the garden at Hudson River Housing’s Middle Main Poughkeepsie corridor

·         Organizing and sorting donations to Dress for Success Dutchess County’s boutique

·         Cleaning, organizing and setting up program space at the New Hope Community Center

·         Sorting and organizing donations and preparing disaster kits at the American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley

For additional information about United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and additional volunteer opportunities, go to www.uwdor.org and United Way’s volunteer portal volunteer.uwdor.org, like UWDOR on Facebook, follow @uwdor on Twitter and friend @unitedwaydor on Instagram.