To the Editor,

April 6 – 12 is National Volunteer Week and the American Heart Association would like to celebrate the important work of our dedicated volunteers.

This year, our advocacy volunteers in You’re The Cure celebrated the passage of the Pulse Oximetry Law in New York State, which protects the smallest hearts in our community from congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect. Volunteers did that!

Our Go Red For Women and National Wear Red Day volunteers ensured that hundreds women around the Hudson Valley received life-saving information and tools to help raise awareness and encourage action to prevent women’s number one and three killers, heart disease and stroke. Volunteers did that!

Volunteers in our My Heart. My Life. and Heart Walk campaigns continue to help companies provide wellness activities to employees with Fit Friendly Workplace programs, walking paths and walking clubs to get the Hudson Valley walking 30 minutes every day! Volunteers did that!

More than 120 Hudson Valley school coordinators engaged our youngest volunteers through Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs to help children build healthier lifestyles and to raise funds to fund life-saving research! Volunteers did that!

Our volunteer board of directors and committees have led the way to creating continued and meaningful American Heart Association programs in our community. Volunteers are doing that!

This list is by no means exhaustive. We are grateful for all the volunteers who share their time and expertise in support of our life-saving mission. We know they have heart!


Kristin Judd
Executive Director
Dutchess-Ulster and Tri-County Divisions
American Heart Association

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