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Volunteers Awarded Nation’s Highest Honor

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Dorothy Milliot, left, a volunteer with Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County, and recipient of a President’s Volunteer Service Award for more than 100 hours of volunteer service in a 12-month span, is presented with a certificate of appreciation from Catholic Charities’ Executive Director Mary Marshall, right at the agency’s volunteer recognition program. (Photo: Courtesy photo )

Six Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County volunteers just received President’s Volunteer Service Awards, the nation’s premier volunteer award, reports the Poughkeepsie Journal. Mary Marshall, the agency’s director, presented the awards to Rae Byrne, Joan Doherty, Dorothy Milliot, John Milliot, Pegeen Wall and Paula Williams for more than 100 hours of volunteer service completed in the past year.

“We are very proud of our volunteers – it is a significant accomplishment to log 100 or more service hours a year,” said Marshall. “As a not-for-profit human service agency committed to providing assistance to individuals and families in need, the support from our volunteers is invaluable to the success of our programs. We are extremely grateful that these volunteers share their time and talent with us and congratulate each of them on this well-deserved recognition,” added Marshall.

Catholic Charities is a resource for needy families and individuals, offering a variety of free and professionally- administered direct services to Dutchess County residents, both Catholic and non-Catholic.

Last year, CCCSDC assisted more than 1,100 individuals. Offices are located at 218 Church Street, Poughkeepsie; more information is available by calling 845-452-1400.

Read the full story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Disaster Recovery is a Long Process: Catholic Charities is There for the Journey

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Only a month after Superstorm Sandy, families throughout the Archdiocese of New York are starting the long road to recovery. Once the immediate needs were met, the focus turned to getting survivors back on their feet and returning as much as they can to normal lives.

A year after Hurricane Irene hit, there was still plenty of work to be done. On Make a Difference Day on October 27th, Catholic Charities Disaster Case Managers Dan Buzi and Salif Banse worked with two IBM volunteers to clean up branches and other yard debris that had been knocked over by Hurricane Irene from the homes of two senior women. The women, who had been both physically and financially unable to attend to the work themselves, were extremely grateful for the help.

As Jeanne M. Touhey wrote in the Poughkeepsie Journal, regarding the help she’d received from Catholic Charities, “Last year the aftermath of Irene left me with downed trees and brush in my yard. After months of trying to clean it up and injuring my back, I was the grateful recipient of the help offered … I am humbled by your generosity.”

To help with clean-up from Sandy, sign up to volunteer with disaster recovery: