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May 5, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Employees Support Community Causes

In recognition of National Volunteer Week in April, employees of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation went to extra lengths to further donate their time and support of local community service organizations, families in need and important causes that improve the lives of their neighbors.

“As Central Hudson employees, we strive throughout the year to support local communities by volunteering our time and resources. We’re proud of our culture, which encourages employees to help others and to give back,” said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations. “National Volunteer Week provided a special opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to making our neighborhoods better and safer places to live and raise our families.”

During the evenings and on the weekend of the national recognition week, Central Hudson employees led and volunteered at a variety of fundraisers, community service projects and events throughout the eight counties served by the utility, including:

  • National Rebuilding Day – Nearly one dozen employees made needed repairs and safety enhancements at a Poughkeepsie residence. Employees painted the front porch and railings, replaced decking on the back porch, and made important safety improvements in the kitchen. “Your employees made a home safe for an elderly neighbor and impacted her life in a way beyond the repairs you made,” said Christina Boryk, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County. “Helping residents remain in safe and healthy homes is important to strengthening our community and preserving housing affordability.” Visit 
  • Foodbank of the Hudson Valley – Employees helped weigh and sort food donations for distribution to local food pantries. The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley supplies more than 400 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other feeding programs, largely through donations by the food industry, as well as from individuals and organizations. Visit
  • Newburgh Community Cleanup – Employees picked up trash and beautified a Newburgh neighborhood during this seventh annual event organized by Safe Harbors of the Hudson Valley. Together with other community partners, more than 13 tons of trash was reported to have been removed. Safe Harbors of the Hudson is a mixed-use, non-profit housing and arts redevelopment project to create a vibrant affordable, supportive housing complex. Visit
  • Autism Walk & Expo – A Central Hudson team participated in the 16th annual walk, held in Rhinebeck, to raise funds, improve public awareness and help connect families to the many local services available for people living with Autism. The event was founded by Central Hudson employee Karen Kosack, mother of two autistic children, and to date has raised more than $1.5 million to fund local programs, with a small portion dedicated toward research. Visit 
  • Hands Against Bullying Walk – Central Hudson employee Karen Lawson co-chaired this sixth annual event at the Walkway Over the Hudson. Central Hudson’s team and other participants together raised more than $15,000 for the Mediation Center of Dutchess County and raised awareness of the importance to educate on bullying. Visit


“Whether it’s organizing an event, raising funds or serving as volunteers, our employees understand the importance of giving back to our communities,” said VanBuren. “Volunteerism is a longstanding tradition at Central Hudson, and we’re grateful to our employees for making such a difference locally.”

For more on National Volunteer Week, visit; and for more on Central Hudson in the community, visit

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Central Hudson employees volunteered at several fundraisers, community service projects and events in support of National Volunteer Week,, including (left) National Rebuilding Day to rehabilitate a Poughkeepsie residence (pictured from left is Central Hudson’s Jason Puckett, homeowner Margaret Mancuso and Central Hudson’s Jay Tompkins); (below left) the Autism Walk & Expo, founded by Central Hudson’s Karen Kosack (center, in hat), flanked by her children and (right) Central Hudson team member Colleen Closson; (below right) Central Hudson’s Karen Lawson co-chaired the sixth annual Hands Against Bullying Walk at the Walkway Over the Hudson; and (bottom) Central Hudson employees helped beautify a portion of Newburgh during the Newburgh Community Cleanup.


Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 380,000 customers in portions of eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley; it delivers natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany. Its mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for its owner; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Visit for more information.