Poughkeepsie – Mary Marshall, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County (CCCSDC), is pleased to announce that six of the agency’s volunteers were awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2015. Recipients of the award were: Rae Byrne, Joan Doherty, Dorothy Milliot, John Milliot, Pegeen Wall, and Paula Williams.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the nation’s premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through Presidential gratitude and national recognition. It is awarded to citizens who volunteer 100 or more hours over a 12-month period.

“We are very proud of our volunteers – it is a significant accomplishment to log 100 or more service hours a year,” said Marshall. “As a not-for-profit human service agency committed to providing assistance to individuals and families in need, the support from our volunteers is invaluable to the success of our programs. We are extremely grateful that these volunteers share their time and talent with us and congratulate each of them on this well-deserved recognition,” added Marshall.

Catholic Charities is a resource for needy families and individuals, offering a wide array of free and professionally-administered direct services to Dutchess County residents. Whether it’s a lonely senior, someone recently unemployed or facing eviction or homelessness, a single mother trying to provide food for her family, or welcoming a new immigrant into the community, Catholic Charities has more than 50 trained volunteers available to lend a helping hand, offering compassion and dignity to those in need. Last year, CCCSDC assisted more than 1,100 individuals.  Offices are located at 218 Church Street, Poughkeepsie; more information is available by calling 845.452.1400.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County is dedicated to helping solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – both Catholic and non-Catholic, day in and day out, and always with compassion and dignity. Some of the ways that Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope are protecting and nurturing children and youth, feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless, strengthening families and resolving crises, supporting the physically and emotionally challenged, and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees.