Posts Tagged ‘Poughkeepsie’

Why I Work – and Run – For Catholic Charities

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
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Barbara Harrison receives service award from Cardinal Dolan

By Barbara Harrison

I work as a case manager for Catholic Charities and see how our St. Nicholas fund helps out so many families throughout the year and brings such joy at Christmas time.

It is one of the best parts of my job to see the joy this programs brings and in this spirit that I wanted to run the marathon to raise funds for this program.

I began running when I was about 50 years old and ran two marathons in the 1990’s.  After that my husband became ill and subsequently passed away.I found other forms of exercise.  I was still raising our four children as well and life was very busy. In my heart I always wanted to run the NYC marathon because it is ”the best.”

I was inspired to run this marathon when my coworker’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in the early spring. She is about my age which will be 69 when I run the race. I understood how frightening and challenging her road ahead would be and how fortunate I am to be in good health and able to run. I decided to enter the race for her to cheer her on in her battle.

My home is in the Hudson Valley and I work in Poughkeepsie, so I felt that it would be fun to represent this area of the Archdiocese by running the marathon.

I run in the morning at 6 a.m. on the beautiful rail trails in our area with my running partner, my daughter, Sarah.  We are currently running about 24 miles weekly and it is wonderful to be preparing for this race.

Learn more about Barbara and help support her run.

Citizenship Drive at Catholic Charities Community Services

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Do you have your green card and want to become a citizen?  Join us at Catholic Charities for help taking the next steps.

When?  Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 9:00am-12:00 pm

Where?  Catholic Charities in Dutchess County, 218 Church Street in Poughkeepsie, NY  12601

Who?  Immigrants who already have their green cards for 3-5+ years

Why?  You want to take the final step to become a US citizen.

Need more information or wonder what to bring?  Please contact Kerry Conboy, Office for New Americans at Catholic Charities:  Kerry.Conboy@archny.org or (845) 452-1400 x 4207.

TRADING PLACES – From Volunteer to Staff and Back Again

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Pegeen Wall and Mary Marshall

Pegeen Wall and Mary Marshall did a double take when they heard one another’s name announced at a recent Catholic Charities volunteer training session held in Poughkeepsie.  They met decades back when Ms. Marshall, then a young mom, volunteered to teach children to swim at the local YWCA where Ms. Wall then worked as aquatic director.  But this time Ms. Wall, now semi retired, was the volunteer and Ms. Marshall was the recruiter seeking help.  Their professional and volunteer careers, they later learned, mirrored one another’s as they zigzagged back and forth from volunteer to staff and expanded their expertise along the way.

After their first meeting, Ms. Wall, today a grandmother of six, built a successful career in public relations and fund raising for nonprofit organizations while volunteering on a variety of boards and committees.  Meanwhile Ms. Marshall, a former IBM employee,  volunteered as president of a local nursery school board,  Parent-Teacher Association, garden club and more before volunteering at Catholic Charities in Ulster County in 1990.  She joined the agency staff in 1993 and has since worked her way up to her current position as Director of Catholic Charities Community Services in Poughkeepsie.

Now this social service agency is in the midst of a major drive to tap into volunteer expertise so that it can enhance and expand services offered.  Ms. Marshall has taken a leadership role in the effort in Poughkeepsie by drawing on expertise she developed working with and as a volunteer.

“We want to make sure we honor people who are generously giving their time,” Ms. Marshall said as she took a quick break from a monthly volunteer orientation and recruitment session in Dutchess County.  “Instead of fitting people into narrow volunteer positions,  we let them bring who they are and match them with what they have to offer.”

For Ms. Wall, this means the opportunity to do hands-on volunteer work by greeting clients, taking intake information and referring clients to Catholic Charities staff for help.

“I volunteered on boards and committees before but this has been an eye opener,” Ms. Wall said.  “I hadn’t expected the caliber, education and gratitude of people needing help,” she added, “and I’m impressed by the professional, gracious staff here that goes over and above in their efforts to serve.”

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