National Volunteer Week April 12 - 18

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region will celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 12–18, 2015, with a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the Hudson Valley community. National Volunteer Week is a nationwide civic and volunteer initiative that promotes the spirit of volunteerism and supports the work of nonprofit organizations in our community. The United Way is proud to include this week as part of its annual Days of Caring initiative to promote volunteerism, increase awareness of the work done every day by nonprofits throughout our region, and demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish.
 
“Participation in National Volunteer Week is a great way to give back to the community,” explained United Way President & CEO Jeannie Montano. “Businesses that encourage employees to participate will find that volunteerism helps employees to gain new skills, teaches them about the community, promotes teamwork, and boosts morale. Employees feel empowered when they see first-hand that they have the ability to make a difference.” 
 
A number of National Volunteer Week projects are scheduled throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. Participating agencies and organizations include:
·         Food Bank of the Hudson Valley will have volunteers from Macy’s Middletown sort donations.
·         The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center will have volunteers from Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and Orange County Partnership paint their consignment shops.
·         Grace Smith House will receive supplies from Our Lady of Lourdes High School Lacrosse Team hygiene kit drive.
·         Hudson River Housing will have volunteers from Hudson Valley Young Professionals, United Way’s Young Leaders United, and Macy’s Poughkeepsie work on projects for Middle Main Revitalization.
·         Hudson Valley Seed will offer two gardening projects for volunteers from Paychex and Rose & Kiernan.
·         Mental Health America will receive supplies from Marist College Campus Ministry’s hygiene kit drive.
·         Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum will have volunteers from TEG Federal Credit Union work on a landscaping project.
·         Nora Cronin Presentation Academy will have volunteers from the United States Military Academy at West Point work on a school revitalization project.
·         Safe Harbors on the Hudson will have volunteers from United Parcel Service and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. participate in a Newburgh Community Clean-Up.
Additional volunteers from the community are invited to join this clean-up. For more information and to register, contact Melissa Clark at mclark@uwdor.org or call 845.471.1900, ext. 3128.
 
“Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at United Way. They include our Board of Directors, grant reviewers, funding distribution, community impact councils, and other key United Way functions,” said President & CEO Montano. “Our volunteers include tax prep experts, United Way campaign managers, and community advocates who give freely of their time and talent to positively impact education, income, and health in our Hudson Valley communities. Volunteerism is central to the mission of United Way.”
 
Area businesses are encouraged to support United Way and National Volunteer Week by allowing employees to join an existing service project or by creating a team of employees to volunteer together to support a service project.
 
Businesses or individuals interested in finding out about volunteer opportunities in their area are invited to visit volunteer.uwdor.orgor use the All for Good Volunteer app on United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Facebook page: facebook.com/uwdor.
 
Organizations who wish to arrange a custom project for their employees and nonprofit agencies seeking volunteers for a specific project, should 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.
 
Additional information about United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is available online atwww.uwdor.org.