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Nicole Tancredi

Published Oct. 10, 2012
Note: In some instances, volunteer roles and titles may have changed since these stories were first published.

Central Hudson Job Title: Director of Information Systems Development
Volunteer Efforts Include: Company Food Drive Coordinator

I started working at Central Hudson in 1997 and with the company’s annual Thanksgiving food drive in full swing, it didn’t take long for me to get involved.

Growing up, the late November holiday was always a celebration of food and family in my house, and we always had more than enough to eat. Each year, my coworkers and I work for more than a month to make sure that several families of Central Hudson customers do, too.

Central Hudson’s Thanksgiving food drive begins in mid-October when those involved work to get the word out and set up collection sites. Food is collected for several weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and before it’s distributed it’s sorted to ensure that the recipients receive everything they will need for their holiday meals. Afterward, grocery shopping for perishable items occurs and employee volunteers load up vehicles and distribute the donations.

Through partnering with City of Poughkeepsie-based Dutchess Outreach, the organization that provides the recipient information, and with the help of my coworkers, Central Hudson is able to provide four or five local families with more than enough food to stock their shelves for Thanksgiving and for several weeks afterward.


Central Hudson Director of Information Systems Development Nicole Tancredi helps pack a van with donations from Central Hudson's annual Thanksgiving food drive.

While it takes a lot of effort to coordinate, the statistics are shocking: One in four children in our area goes to bed hungry each night. As a mother, I know that one-in-four is one-in-four too many, and as a member of company that encourages community service, I know that my coworkers and I have the power to make a difference each November.

Just a few short years after I began helping out with the food drive, the employee that coordinated the event retired. That’s when I took over. I’ve been organizing the event for the past 12 years now and during that time I have had the opportunity to deliver many of Central Hudson’s Thanksgiving donations to area families in need. The relief and gratitude of the recipients never ceases to amaze me. The experience is both gratifying and humbling.

After more than a decade at the helm of annual food drive, I will pass the torch this fall to a coworker who has also been involved since she started working for the company, and I’m confident that under her leadership, employees will continue to give generously during the upcoming holiday season.

As for me? I’ll continue to support the IT department at Central Hudson in my role as Director of Information Systems Development, and I’ll continue to support the community through donating food for the upcoming drive; but most importantly, I will work to raise my daughter so that she, too, can help those less fortunate in the future.

And one more thing – while so many of us give so generously throughout the holidays, don’t forget that the local food pantries, like the one at Dutchess Outreach, need donations year-round. If you, your friends, or your loved ones are in a position to help those in need, there’s no need to wait until the holidays to do so.

Sincerely,
Nicole Tancredi