United Way coordinates 8 projects in Dutchess & Orange Counties for #MDDay on October 23 & 24, 2015

This is the third year that United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is participating in USA Today’s Make a Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service. United Way will be organizing and coordinating eight service projects in Dutchess and Orange Counties.

Melissa Clark, United Way’s Manager of Community Mobilization and organizer of these Make A Difference Day projects sees this Day of Service as a chance for people to not only do something good, but to feel good about doing it. “Last year, with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, we helped an elderly resident care for her house. The Poughkeepsie Journal and Central Hudson teams painted the exterior, cleaned the gutters, and landscaped the yard,” she explained. “When everyone finished, we could see how much was accomplished, but what was really rewarding was seeing her reaction and happiness!”

This year United Way is offering two Days of Service on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 (the official nationwide date of #MDDay).

The Make A Difference Day projects include:


Time: 9:00 – 1:00pm
Poughkeepsie Farm Project National Food Day Farm Help
51 Vassar Farm Lane
Volunteers will be planting, building beds, harvesting, and weeding.

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Dress for Success Dutchess County
80 Cannon Street
Volunteers will be sorting and organizing the boutique.

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Art Centro
485 Main Street
Volunteers will revitalize the Art Centro interior and exterior space – painting and gardening.

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center
45 Quaker Avenue, Suite 100 and 104
Cornwall, NY
Volunteers will be sorting and organizing donations for the Encore Store.

Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Middle Main Clean-Up
Murphy Park
517 Main Street
Volunteers will assist with a neighborhood clean up of Poughkeepsie’s Middle Main area. They are requested to bring work gloves, brooms, and garbage bags if possible. Rain or shine. Parking in the Public Safety Parking lot or on the street. Open to all. Volunteer registration at http://bit.ly/MADday-middlemaincleanup.


8:30am – 4:00pm
Habitat for Humanity Dutchess County
Over 20 projects at various locations in the City of Poughkeepsie
(Editor’s Note: Call Melissa Clark at 845-200-1290 for exact locations if you would like to cover this)
Volunteers will be doing home repairs, including short-term, exterior home repair projects on dozens of homes in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Community Family Development
269 Mill Street
Volunteers will be gardening and cleaning the grounds and playground.

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
195 Hudson Street
Volunteers will be sorting and organizing thousands of pounds of food donations in the warehouse.

The United Way volunteers include Young Leaders United, Hudson Valley Young Professionals, Orange County Young Professionals as well as employee teams from Central Hudson, Hannaford, Marist College, M&T Bank, Marshall & Sterling, Walden Savings Bank, and community volunteers.

“These employers recognize that not only will their employees be out doing something important in the communities they live and work in, but that this time also is a really valuable team-building experience,” noted United Way’s Melissa Clark, Manager of Community Mobilization and organizer of Make A Difference Day.

For more information about Make a Difference Day, please visit www.makeadifferenceday.com. For future opportunities, visit the United Way Volunteer Portal at volunteer.uwdor.org or contact Melissa Clark at 845-471-1900 x3128 or mclark@uwdor.org.