Assemblymember Cahill and Chamber President Ward Todd Announce Volunteer Initiative

April 2, 2004

Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) and Ulster County Chamber of Commerce President Ward Todd today announced the award of a Local Initiative Grant secured through the New York State Assembly to enhance a community-based effort to boost awareness of the interests of volunteers and the needs of organizations that utilize volunteers in the 101st Assembly District.

This effort, unveiled during the kick-off ceremonies at 12 noon at the Hudson Valley Mall for the 2nd Annual Volunteer and Community Showcase 2004, is the result of several meetings initiated by Mr. Cahill at which representatives from a wide variety of organizations shared ideas and suggestions as to how to raise the bar on volunteerism. "The grant will provide up to $5000 to boost even further the volunteerism already so much a part of our communities," Assemblymember Cahill said.

"While there are many dedicated, involved people in our region who find fulfillment while donating their time and skills to serve others, there exists a wide gap in terms of individual awareness of opportunities and corporate interest in fostering a sense of community commitment to serve the ever-growing needs of our society," Mr. Cahill added. "I am pleased that Ward Todd has taken the lead as President of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce in utilizing this money to promote and strengthen the existing volunteer base in our area."