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Adrienne Huy

Published Nov. 28, 2012
Note: In some instances, volunteer roles and titles may have changed since these stories were first published.

Central Hudson Job Title: Customer Account Services Supervisor
Volunteer Efforts Include: Board Member, Ulster County United Way

Last year when I was given the opportunity to fill a vacancy on the board of the Ulster County United Way, I knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. After all, my husband and I had just purchased our first home in Ulster County, and I wanted to be sure that I could give back to the community in which we will raise our family. But that’s not when my involvement with the United Way began; instead, it began at Central Hudson several years ago.

I began working at Central Hudson in 2006, just prior to the start of the company’s annual United Way Employee Campaign for that year. During the eight-week-long event, auctions are held, raffle tickets are sold and employees are encouraged to donate what they can to help those who benefit from United Way programs. That year I made my first donation – a modest one – but together, my coworkers and I, with the help of retirees and shareholders, who match employee donations to the Community Fund, dollar-for-dollar, raised more than $361,000 for the United Way.

But it wasn’t just the bottom line that impressed me so much. I simply couldn’t believe the enthusiasm, and the generosity of my co-workers and the company – throughout the entire eight-week-long campaign.

Today, in addition to participating in Central Hudson’s annual Employee Campaign and holding a seat on the board of the Ulster County United Way, I also serve on the organization’s New Leaders United Committee, a group of “under 40”professionals who support the Ulster County community and the United Way through community service projects and special fundraising initiatives. This past summer, we held a Back-to-School Supply Drive in collaboration with the Kingston City School District. As a result of the drive, we successfully collected supplies for many of the families attending John F. Kennedy, George Washington and Sophie Finn Elementary Schools in Kingston. We were able to identify a need within the community and work together to implement a successful fundraiser that helped supply families with the resources necessary to start off the school year.

Central Hudson celebrated its most recent United Way Employee Campaign Finale earlier this month, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. This year employees, retirees and shareholders raised more than $368,000 for the United Way, resulting in the most successful campaign in several years and the second most successful since I started at the company six years ago.

We all have our own reasons for donating to the charitable organizations that we choose, but one of the reasons my co-workers and I choose to give to the United Way is because our donations stay in our communities. Whether an employee designates their dollars to benefit the United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties, the United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region, or, in my case, the Ulster County United Way, the donations directly impact our neighbors and those served by Central Hudson.

It’s important to be aware of the needs of those in our communities, and I’m grateful for the generosity of my co-workers and my company. That’s why I will not only continue to find ways to make a difference in the community in which I live, but I will also instill that sense of commitment in my sons.

Adrienne Huy