Volunteer Spotlight: Christopher Valdez

For Chris Valdez, volunteering as a United Way Education Council member is not enough. He is constantly looking for additional opportunities to give back. Most recently, he helped organize his team at Central Hudson to participate in the Annual Newburgh Community Cleanup, the 2015 National Volunteer Week final project.   
 
Chris, alongside nearly 200 community volunteers, rid the Newburgh streets of 21,000 pounds of trash! “Picking up trash from the city streets gives us pride; after a beautiful day like today I am inspired to continue to do things for my community.” he said.  
 
And he certainly does! Besides serving on the Education Council he also reviews grants, attends site visits and even helps market United Way efforts. Chris truly symbolizes what it means to LIVE UNITED!
 
In addition to his many endeavors at United Way, he is an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer at several other organizations, including Junior Achievement, the American Cancer Society, Rebuilding Together, and Puppies Behind Bars. “I believe in promoting positive change whenever I can,” he said.
 
Chris, a native of the Hudson Valley, takes great pride in living here today and making it his home. “I grew up here, I went to College here and I am making a difference here.”
 
Chris Valdez is currently the Corporate Communications Editor at Central Hudson, and for him an opportunity to encourage his co-workers to get involved. He has spotlighted several United Way Day of Caring opportunities and makes sure to promote the United Way Campaign. He even shot the 2015 Central Hudson Campaign video!
 
Baseball Player and Philanthropist Roberto Clemente is his personal hero. “He is a hero of Puerto Rico, where my family is from, he did so much for his community,” he said.
 
In fact, Chris lives by the famous words of Clemente, “Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on this earth.”
While Roberto may inspire Chris, Chris inspires all of us! To get involved in your community today visit the Volunteer Portal at volunteer.uwdor.org.
 
—by Melissa Clark, Manager of Community Mobilization