Hello! It has been a full month since I began my year of service working with the Middle Main Initiative at Hudson River Housing and it has been super busy, but super fun as well! My official title is Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA and I will divide my time working in Poughkeepsie and Millerton. In addition to assisting my VISTAs along Middle Main I will be acting as an additional resource to existing community outreach efforts in Northeastern Dutchess.  Long commutes but a beautiful drive during all seasons! I get to look at Stissing Mountain on my drive up route 82, I just need to remember to watch the road.

I was raised in Millbrook, New York and have lived in the Hudson Valley for all of my life.  I graduated from Wheaton College, MA with my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Film and New Media Studies. During my senior year I conducted and Honor’s Thesis in Sociology studying young adults and how they explored adulthood in the digital age.  Maybe I can use some of that research to get more Millennials involved in Middle Main.

Now that I am back in the Hudson Valley and working in Poughkeepsie, my mind is on all things local. Local food, local business, local artists and first and foremost local people! One of my main goals in Poughkeepsie is to increase community engagement in Middle Main promoted activities, businesses and programs. In Millerton, I will work alongside great community leaders in the hopes of furthering their goals of local arts and local foods.

Those of you I have met, it’s been great getting to know you. If we haven’t met I look forward to meeting you.  Should you see me around say hi and if you know of any great restaurants in the area let me know. I am always looking for new restaurants to try.  I encourage you all to email me at dhurley@hudsonriverhousing.org and introduce yourself.

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