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(Courtesy of Ulster Hose Company # 5)

Portrait of a born firefighter

Some people know what they’re going to be when they grow up even before they grow up. Sam Appa leans back behind the paper-strewn desk that he occupies at Ulster Hose Company #5…

Brian Riddell of Dutchess Outreach

Dutchess Outreach seeks volunteers, new food sources

It may be no coincidence that Dutchess Outreach, an organization whose mission it is to provide support for needy citizens in the greater Poughkeepsie community and beyond, got its start 40-plus years ago…

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UlsterCorps matches volunteers with organizations in need

Volunteer work is sometimes perceived as something that only retired people have time to do. And there’s certainly some truth to that, as the demands of making a living take up a lot…

Duane Ragucci and Betty Mensch of the Storybrook program. The all-volunteer program helps inmates at the Dutchess County Jail to choose, read aloud and record a children’s book, which is then sent to their children on a CD. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Storybook program helps Dutchess County Jail inmates read aloud to their kids – via CD

Every story about children and parents and what stands between them should have a storybook ending – especially when what stand between them are jail cell walls. Once upon a time, in 2011,…

Jim Ottaway, Jr. (photo by Dion Ogust)

A call to volunteerism

I’ve been interested for a long time in American volunteerism and the truly exceptional role played by philanthropy in American society and its economy. If you add up the generous contributions of American citizens,…

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