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News Release    

April 8, 2009      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Get Involved!
Learn How at Volunteer Engagement Fair

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the Division of Aging Services will be hosting a Volunteer Engagement Fair on April 30th at Locust Grove on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie from 11 AM to 3 PM.  The Volunteer Engagement Fair is designed to connect potential volunteers directly with non-profit organizations who desperately need their time and talents.

“This is truly a win-win opportunity.   There are so many valuable organizations looking for new volunteers to help serve our community,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “We also have residents who are either new to our county or now have more time available to them who are looking for ways to get more engaged in the community for a fuller life experience.   Our goal is to put those residents and organizations together and everyone wins!”

Volunteering offers people the chance to learn new skills, become an engaged member of the community, boost career options, meet new people, and provides a sense of achievement.  According to Division of Aging Services Director John Beale, “Research continues to prove that volunteering is beneficial to both your mental and physical health.  Volunteers live longer, healthier lives, and that holds true whether you volunteer for one hour a week or forty hours a week.”

Over forty organizations are expected to participate, featuring a wide variety of volunteer opportunities from literacy assistance to meal preparation, recreational activities with children to organization board members, landscape and gardening opportunities to event organizing.   Volunteers are needed for video production, transportation, photography, animal care, historical document scanning, administrative work and so much more.  

The Volunteer Engagement Fair will also feature two seminars to help both volunteers and organizations learn ways to take full advantage of volunteer opportunities:

  • Maximizing Your Volunteer Experience at 12 noon is for volunteers and potential volunteers who want to be sure they will get the most out of their volunteer time.
  • Utilizing Community Volunteers to their Full Potential at 1:30 PM is for organizations who want to learn how to recruit and retain volunteers while getting the optimum results from the volunteers they may already have. 

Executive Director of Hands On! The Hudson Valley Ellen Ott said, “Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet new friends, share talents or learn new skills.   This event is perfect opportunity for people to learn more about where and how their time and skills will be needed and appreciated the most.”

The Volunteer Engagement Fair will be held in partnership with Hands On! The Hudson Valley and the Dutchess County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  Potential volunteers who are unable to attend the event that day can learn more about volunteering in Dutchess County by visiting the Hands On! The Hudson Valley Website at http://www.handsonhv.org/ or calling them at 452-5600.  Those over the age of 55 are invited to call the Dutchess County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at 452-5104 ext. 114. 

For more information about the Volunteer Engagement Fair, contact the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services at 486-2555 or log onto http://www.dutchessny.gov/.



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