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October 29, 2015

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson Employees Pitch In During ‘Make a Difference Day’

Employee-volunteers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation recently participated in the United Way of Dutchess-Orange Make a Difference Day by completing yard work at the home of a retired veteran, performing a variety of needed tasks at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and donating carved pumpkins to the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie.

“Our employees frequently come to the aid of our community by generously donating their time and talents to help those in need,” said James P. Laurito, President and Chief Executive Office of Central Hudson, and United Way of Dutchess-Orange board member. “As part of our annual employee-led United Way campaign here at Central Hudson, our volunteers also participate in Make a Difference Day to assist individuals and organizations that serve the community.”

To support the effort, four employees joined other volunteers to rake and bag leaves, build and install new fencing and remove shale from the yard of retired Korean War veteran Sgt. Roger Williams of Poughkeepsie, also a long-serving community volunteer.

At the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, 15 employees built garden beds, harvested, weeded and prepared food for other volunteers. The farm is member supported with a mission to grow fresh vegetables and fruit, train future farmers, provide hands-on educational programs and improve community access to healthy, locally-grown food.

Nine Central Hudson employees created and donated carved Halloween pumpkins to the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie for the organization’s annual Pumpkin Walk fundraising event. The pumpkins are used to light the nature path trail and the money raised is donated to a charity of the children’s choosing. The mission of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie is to providing a safe and nurturing environment that improves lives and empowers at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities. A Central Hudson employee serves on the organization’s board of directors.

“I’m proud of the spirit of volunteerism displayed by our employees, and equally impressed with the dedication and caring offered by these organizations,” said Laurito. “Together, we all do make a difference.”

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Central Hudson employee-volunteers donate carved pumpkins to the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie



Central Hudson volunteers performed a variety of needed tasks at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project


Central Hudson volunteers performed a variety of needed tasks at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project

Central Hudson employees completed yard work at the home of a retired veteran

Central Hudson employee-volunteers recently participated in the United Way of Dutchess-Orange region ‘Make a Difference Day’ events. Top left: Carved pumpkins were donated to the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie; Top right and two middle photos: Volunteers performed a variety of needed tasks at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project; and Bottom two photos: Employees completed yard work at the home of a retired veteran.

Central Hudson employees completed yard work at the home of a retired veteran