United Way kicks-off National Volunteer Week with 10 different projects at area nonprofits


United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is proud to celebrate National Volunteer Week 2016 as part of its annual Days of Caring initiative. This year’s National Volunteer Week takes place this week from April 10th through April 16th and there are a variety of opportunities in the Hudson Valley to volunteer and support the community.

A nationwide celebration, National Volunteer Week draws people together with one common goal; taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be the center for change. United Way’s participation in National Volunteer Week helps illustrate the great work nonprofits do in our in our region, promotes volunteerism, and demonstrates how people working together can accomplish a greater good.

“National Volunteer Week is a great way to give back to the community,” said United Way President & CEO Jeannie Montano. “Volunteering is very empowering and provides first-hand experience of the great impact it can have, especially when working in our own community. United Way would be nothing without our volunteers, they assist us in every way possible and we are so grateful for them.”

There will be 10 different nonprofit agencies and organizations participating in National Volunteer Week in the Hudson Valley and they include:

  • Hudson Valley Seed will have volunteers from Target and Paychex help expand the garden at South Avenue Elementary School.
  • Catholic Charities will have volunteers from JC Penny sorting and organizing inventory.
  • Cornerstone Family Healthcenter, formerly known as the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, will have volunteers from Walden Savings Bank and Ball Corporation help sort, organize and take inventory of Encore store.
  • Art Centro will have volunteers from Marist College paint stairwells, walls and floors.
  • Community Family Development will have volunteers from Marist College help with the annual classroom cleaning.
  • Dress for Success will have volunteers from Hannaford and Mount Saint Mary College help sort and organize inventory in the boutique.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh will have volunteers from Enterprise, Macy’s and Carter MGM Insurance Agency help build an outdoor garden.
  • Hudson River Housing will have volunteers from Dutchess County College, Young Leaders United and Hudson Valley Young Professionals work on cleaning up the Middle Man area of Poughkeepsie.
  • The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley will have volunteers from Hannaford in LaGrange, Ball Corporation, Central Hudson, Briger Security and Macy’s sort through food, donations and organize inventory.
  • In conjunction with Earth Day (on Saturday, April 23rd), Safe Harbors on the Hudson will have volunteers from Central Hudson, United Parcel Service, Marist College Center for Civic Engagement and Learning and from Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union participate in the annual Newburgh Community Clean Up. This event is open to the public. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/nvw2016-newburghcleanup.

Please note that the only opportunity open to the public is the annual Newburgh Community Clean Up on Saturday, April 23rd, however volunteers from the community are encouraged to participate and join in on a day of volunteerism of their choice through United Way’s Volunteer Portal. For a list of opportunities, go to http://volunteer.uwdor.org.  

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s National Volunteer week is supported through a donation by Children’s Medical Group.

For more information about volunteering opportunities, contact Melissa Clark at mclark@uwdor.org or call 845.471.1900, ext 3128


Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the President and Congress, governors, mayors, and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country. National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.