Middle Main

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Nora Culhane's Blog (7)

New Year, New VISTAs, Same Desk

This is now a popular post on our Middle Main Facebook page, "Out with the old and in with the new! Congratulations to AmeriCorp…


Added by Nora Culhane on August 31, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Community - Based Learning

In my senior year at Marist College I had the opportunity to intern at the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership (CCEL) on campus. This was the first year that the CCEL would be running at Marist and the director, Dr. Melissa Gaeke, was (and still is) determined to make the CCEL a successful and important part of a Marist student's education. Personally, I had a vague understanding of what Civic Engagement…


Added by Nora Culhane on May 24, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Over the Hump

A little more than halfway through my year here and I am…exhausted. In a good way! I am working hard, encountering new people, going to meetings all across town, and thoroughly enjoying the ride. Poughkeepsie really is beautiful in so many ways. From the outstanding-ly old and beautiful historical buildings, to the riverfront, to the crazy amount of available authentic Mexican food and so much more. …


Added by Nora Culhane on March 24, 2016 at 4:20pm — No Comments


This year, 2016, was the first year I participated and coordinated community service on MLK Jr. Day instead of loafing around. As my supervisor Lindsay said, a "day on" rather than a "day off".

Hudson River Housing provided many volunteer opportunities available for people to sign up and the…


Added by Nora Culhane on January 25, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The VISTAs Go To DC!

This past week, myself, as well as Hilary, Anthony, and Dylan (and former VISTA Geoff), packed our bags and hopped on a train to Washington DC! After a frantic race to the train in Penn Station in NY we were on our way! Besides seeing the sights and spending some time out of the office we…


Added by Nora Culhane on December 15, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

Every day presents new events and new opportunities for me to get to know the people of Poughkeepsie better. I am so lucky to be able to spend my time working with people who are truly invested in making my adopted home city shine. 

The Community Meet - Ups are simply one part of my AmeriCorps VISTA Assignment Description or "VAD" however they are a…


Added by Nora Culhane on October 22, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

My first Month on Middle Main

So it's official, it's been 30-ish days that I have been working in beautiful Poughkeepsie, NY. I laugh/cry a little as I am writing this because it's finally cold enough to wear a jacket and I don't break out in an embarrassing sweat as I climb to the top floor of the building where my office is located.…


Added by Nora Culhane on October 5, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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