United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region Brings 50 Plus Volunteers Together on Day of Action

As part of a larger community effort to improve the quality of life in Dutchess and Orange Counties, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region (UWDOR) is mobilizing 50 plus volunteers on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2015.
“Volunteers are a strong part of the community-building effort in the Hudson Valley,” said Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region. “Beginning on Friday, we'll see people from all walks of life coming together to make life better for their neighbors in Dutchess and Orange counties.”
This UWDOR endeavor is part of a global Day of Action, in which United Way galvanizes thousands of volunteers across the world make a difference in their own communities. Last year, nearly 350 United Ways in 14 countries brought people together for projects focused on education, income and health.
On Friday, June 19, from noon to 1:30pm, community volunteers have the opportunity to join the Meet-N-Clean, community cleanup sponsored by Hudson River Housing. This is an incredibly rewarding way to spend a lunch break and make a difference. Open to all, volunteers may register at the volunteer portal. Go to volunteer.uwdor.org or to the registration page at http://bit.ly/MeetNClean.
Eleven corporate partners will be sending volunteer teams to help to improve the lives served by eight community organizations in Dutchess and Orange Counties during Day of Action. All these volunteer activities are coordinated by United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Melissa Clark, Manager of Community Mobilization.
The projects the hundred plus volunteers will be tackling on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 include:
·         Volunteers from Target Poughkeepsie will sort and organize donations to Dress for Success Boutique in Poughkeepsie for Dutchess County Community Action Partnership.
·         Volunteers from Hannaford LaGrangeville and D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP will help revitalize an office for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County in Millbrook.
·         Volunteers from Walden Savings Bank will transform an interior space and exterior landscape for Project Life in Newburgh.
·         Painting, planting, and organizing are on the agenda for volunteers from BallCorps and Westage Companies at Elant in Newburgh.
·         Volunteers from Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP and Hannaford New Windsor will be working to revitalize the summer camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh.
·         UNFI volunteers will be working on the community garden – raking, building raised beds, and planting crops at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.
·         A grounds makeover will be underway at The Potter House in Poughkeepsie thanks to volunteers from FLUOR.
·         Two supply drives for hygiene items for residents of Safe Homes of Orange County are underway thanks to Bank of America and M&T Bank.
If someone isn’t able to join the Meet-N-Clean, we encourage them to check out other volunteer activities via the UWDOR Volunteer Portal at volunteer.uwdor.org. More than 125 area nonprofits post opportunities and there is sure to be one that matches everyone’s interest. We encourage everyone to join in this Day of Action and volunteer in their community! As you volunteer, share a selfie and tag it #UWDOR #DayofAction #LiveUnited.
“This is not a one-day undertaking,” explained Kimberly Kochem, Vice President of Community Impact. “This April, during National Volunteer Week, we coordinated ten community volunteer projects involving more than 130 volunteers, drawn from corporate partners, community organizations, high schools and local colleges. The volunteers contributed more than 380 hours to the community projects, for an estimated economic impact of $10,260 returned to the community according to New York State’s declared value of volunteer hours.”
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region works to engage Dutchess and Orange countycitizens in solutions to their communities’toughest challenges. “We've made it a priority to ask people all across the community to get involved,” explained Manager of Community Mobilization Melissa Clark. “More and more people are answering the call to give their time to make their community a better place. We're working to connect people with what matters most to them and in order to create a positive impact all across our community."

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