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Amy Dittmar

Published June 15, 2012
Note: In some instances, volunteer roles and titles may have changed since these stories were first published.

Central Hudson Job Title: Cost & Rate Analyst
Volunteer Efforts Include: Children's Home of Poughkeepsie volunteer

Last year I participated in Leadership Dutchess, a nine-month Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce program that gives local professionals a chance to enhance their leadership skills with the goal of giving back to their community. That’s where I met someone who works for the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, an organization that provides a nurturing and caring environment to abandoned and neglected children. It was also around that time that the board of directors at the Children’s Home approved the idea of starting a social group of young professionals from the Hudson Valley area, charged with raising awareness and funds for the organization.

We call ourselves the Children's Home Social Network, and when I was asked to participate, I didn't even have to think twice.

My parents migrated here from India and I have always been acutely aware of the great opportunities that were provided to me as a child just because I was born here in the United States. When my father passed away 17 years ago, our family built a school for children in India in his memory. Although I visit the school from time to time, I have always been looking for a way to make an impact somewhere closer to home. Many people, including myself, often forget that places like this exist closer than we think. Local community centers, schools and various other facilities, such as the Children’s Home, are always looking for volunteers.


Cost & Rate Analyst Amy Dittmar taking part in a Children's Home Halloween fundraising event.

Children’s Home Social Network events are designed to bring out the kid in all of us. Funds raised through events like happy hours and prom nights go toward providing more services to abused and neglected children than are covered by state funding. The children are able to attend the church of their choice, go on outings to sports and cultural events, and participate in other activities they enjoy. And while fundraising is important, the awareness that these events create among local young professionals also helps ensure that the more than 165-year legacy of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie lives on.

Through no fault of their own, children whose parents are incarcerated, or who have passed away, or are simply incapable of providing them the care they deserve, find themselves at the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. Although no one can change their past, we as a community can help ensure that they are supported and encouraged to build a better future.

As an Associate Analyst at Central Hudson I support the Cost & Rate department, but in our community my planning and organizing skills help support children in need.

Sincerely,

Amy Dittmar