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Dartmouth United Way 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: John Steidl

John Steidl and Carissa Dowd sitting at a table with WISE brochures

John Steidl, right, and Carissa Dowd read over brochures for WISE. (Photo by Herb Swanson)

“It’s easy to feel comfortable in the Upper Valley and assume that we’re fortunate to be untouched by the world’s troubles,” says John Steidl, director of the Project Management Office. “But domestic violence and sexual assault are as real here as anywhere, and life for the victims often feels anything but comfortable or safe.”

Steidl volunteers as a counslor for WISE, providing safety and security to victims of domestic violence. “WISE is an amazing organization doing terrific work,” he says.

WISE is one of the many organizations throughout the Upper Valley that receives support from the Granite United Way. The work WISE does for vulnerable victims depends on support from volunteers and financial gifts alike.

“Without the funding to support those people, WISE would be a shadow of what it is,” Steidl says. “And supporting WISE through your dollars or time is a great way to learn more about one of the largest and least talked about social problems we face, a problem that cuts across race, religion, socio-economic status and politics.”

The 2017 United Way campaign is creeping closer to the $300,000 goal, which your year-end gift can help us achieve. If you haven’t already, make a secure donation online by Dec. 31 to support the efforts of people like John Steidl and organizations like WISE.

Volunteer Spotlight: Tracy Dustin-Eichler

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Tracy Dustin-Eichler (left), stands outside of Dismas of Vermont with Jonathan Sylvia. (Photo by Herb Swanson)

Tracy Dustin-Eichler is the interim director for the Dartmouth Center for Service and is also president of the board of trustees for Dismas of Vermont. “I volunteer for Dismas because our community is important to me, and I want to be part of making it a strong, healthy, vibrant place for all of us,” she says.

Dismas serves the Upper Valley by building a supportive community for people who have recently come out of prison. 

“Dismas allows volunteers to be part of strengthening our ties as a community- in a number of ways,” she says. “Folks can cook a dinner in the house and see this on a very concrete level, or through our board or giving they can be part of a movement that believes we are stronger when we come together.”

“The Dartmouth United Way Campaign reminds me that I live in a place where people deeply care about their neighbors and community,” she adds, “and that is a gift.”

Have you made your gift to Dartmouth’s 2017 campaign yet? The deadline’s been extended to Dec. 31 so the United Way can be part of your year-end giving plans. Make a secure online gift today!

Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole Westervelt

two women adding a can of tomatoes to a pan on a stove

Nicole Westervelt, right, and Alexandra Stein ’06 add a can of tomatoes to a pan on the stove. (Photo by Herb Swanson)

For Nicole Westervelt, senior designer for Advancement Communications, cooking meals at Hixon House began as a way to volunteer with some friends of hers from work. She soon discovered it’s more than making dinner, though. “When you go there, you sit with everyone who’s staying at The Haven and have dinner and talk,” she says. “You learn about the different circumstances under which people have come to be there and how unique everyone’s situation is.”

Nicole is thankful for the support Hixon House receives through the Dartmouth community’s annual campaign because “it means that this place which I’ve come to care deeply about has the resources to continue serving people who need them,” she says.

You can support places like Hixon House by giving to this year’s United Way campaign or volunteering with a group of colleagues yourself!


Volunteer Spotlight: Carissa Dowd

Carissa Dowd sitting at a table outside

Carissa Dowd volunteers as an ambassador for WISE. (Photo by Herb Swanson)

Carissa Dowd is an office manager at the Student Wellness Center and a volunteer counselor for WISE, supporting domestic abuse victims through their 24-hour crisis hotline.

“I volunteer for WISE because it’s a way for me to let people affected by domestic and sexual violence know they aren’t alone,” she says.

WISE, which receives funding from the Granite United Way, “is often the only voice to survivors telling them that they deserve better and are worth all the effort it’s going to take to create a life where they can be happy and free from abuse,” Dowd says.

“I feel like my most rewarding experiences are when you can convince someone that they are worth more,” she says. “Sometimes it just takes hearing positivity from one person to make them remember that they used to love themselves.”

You can make a difference in women’s lives through WISE by designating a gift to them in this year’s United Way giving campaign, or learn more about volunteering yourself!


Volunteer Spotlight: Josiah ProiettiJosiah Proietti standing at the entrance to the Cover Home Repair ReCover store

(Photo by Herb Swanson)

“There are few things more important than living in a warm, safe, and dry house,” says Josiah Proietti, assistant director of residential education for East Wheelock House. He volunteers for COVER Home Repair, weatherizing homes, sealing leaky roofs, and building accessibility ramps for neighbors who can’t afford to make such repairs themselves.

“I volunteer for COVER to not only contribute to a worthy cause, but to help promote the value of local non-profit work to the students I serve,” he says.

His work with COVER combines his passion for sustainability and supporting neighbors in need. “We are those in a position of great resource and great power, which means we are the ones responsible for redistributing resources to those that need it the most,” he says. “[Giving] means we are fulfilling our obligations to do what we can to rebalance a system that does not support all of its citizens.”

The approaching holiday season is a time when many of us focus on giving to family, friends, and worthy causes. Why not take a moment to make a gift or give your time to this year’s United Way campaign?

Volunteer Spotlight: Alexandra Stein ’06a woman cooking meatballs on a stovetop

Alexandra Stein ’06 cooks meatballs on the stove at Hixson House. (Photo by Herb Swanson)

Alexandra Stein ’06, a special gifts officer for leadership giving, has been serving meals at Hixon House for more than four years. “It’s a great feeling to prepare a meal for 25 people in one hour, and then have the chance to sit down and enjoy it with them,” she says. “My most rewarding experiences have been during my conversations with the residents during dinner, learning their stories, finding where our lives overlap, and just having fun banter.”

She’s inspired by the Dartmouth community’s giving spirit: “We are very privileged at Dartmouth and there are so many in our own community who can benefit from our time, talent and treasures,” she says. “It is very cool to see how that adds up through the volunteer hours and donations that we collectively make throughout the Upper Valley.”

Like Alexandra and the other volunteers we’ve been highlighting, we all have something we can give. Support good work throughout the Upper Valley by giving to this year’s campaign or finding a place to volunteer yourself!

Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Sharp Grady

three women in a kitchen rolling meatballs

Lisa Sharp Grady, left, rolls meatballs with Nicole Westervelt, center, and Alexandra Stein ’06, right. (Photo by Herb Swanson)

Lisa Sharp Grady is an administrative assistant at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, and she cooks and serves meals at Hixon House with a group of women every month.

“Every time we volunteer, I am rewarded with smiles and gratitude and with good conversations with people who have lives, jobs, and families that they care deeply about,” she says. “Each time I walk away, I feel a bit of wonder at how resilient people are. I am proud that the Dartmouth community helps support the efforts of the Upper Valley Haven. It’s a legitimate need in our part of the world.”

She encourages others to volunteer, too, “because hard-working people, just like me and you, sometimes hit hard times, and it’s great to know that there is a place for them to go that has the resources to keep them safe and get them back on their feet. It’s a good feeling to know that I’ve done something positive for one of my neighbors.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Bowman

Mark Bowman chopping vegetables on a stainless steel kitchen counter

(Photo by Herb Swanson)

Every month, Human Resources Senior Consultant Mark Bowman cooks a gourmet meal at Hixon House with his friend Jim Alberghini. “It’s a collaborative effort,” he says, “and Jim is the maestro; he assembles the group, and he does all the planning.”

For Mark, the most rewarding part of volunteering is seeing guests at the shelter find their footing and move on: “I’ll see a resident there for two, maybe three dinners, then the next time I’ll notice that she or he is gone.  That’s good; it means they’ve moved out, and they’re hopefully back on track,” he says.

The support that comes to Hixon House through the Dartmouth community’s annual giving campaign “confirms to me that there are lots of very good people at Dartmouth,” he says, “but I knew that already.”

Do you want to help the residents at Hixon House like Mark Bowman does every month? Pledge a gift to this year’s campaign, or take the opportunity to volunteer yourself!

Volunteer Spotlight: James AlberghiniJames Alberghini slicing vegetables on a cutting board

(Photo by Herb Swanson)

A dedicated foodie, Conferences and Events Manager James Alberghini cooks gourmet meals once a month at Hixon House, a shelter for single adults facing homelessness.

“I want to show them that someone in our community cares enough about them to make time to prepare the best meal possible, to let them know they matter,” he says. “I try to meet everyone I can while eating, hear their stories, and check in on those I’ve met at previous dinners. I get so much more out of this than I put in.”

He finds fulfillment in volunteering because, he says, “We are all deeply interconnected, the love and compassion you give to another will reflect back to you.”

You can help support the efforts of people like Jim by giving to this year’s United Way campaign and volunteering with colleagues yourself at one of our upcoming events!

Give Local. Volunteer Local.

a group of people standing in two rows in front of a fire place at the Hanover Inn

Dartmouth’s United Way volunteer coordinators kicked off the 2017 campaign on Oct. 17. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

The Dartmouth community’s 2017 United Way giving campaign is underway. Together, we aim to raise at least $300,000 by Dec. 15. to support more than 40 organizations that improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors right here in the Upper Valley. 

There are many ways to contribute to this year’s campaign: make a pledge online, complete the pledge form you received in your Hinman mailbox, send a check, or pledge by phone. Follow this link for full instructions on giving to the 2017 campaign.

This year, we have another way to get involved: donating your time by volunteering at some of the many incredible organizations across our region. Many members of the Dartmouth community already give their time by cooking monthly meals, repairing homes, counseling domestic violence victims, and more. We’ll be sharing some of their stories over the next 10 weeks as inspiration for getting involved. We’ll also be highlighting some ways you can volunteer with your colleagues during this year’s campaign. Follow this link for more information.

Together, we can enact positive change throughout the Upper Valley with our dollars and our time. Join us in supporting the good that Granite United Way and their partner organizations enact every day.



For more than 40 years, the Dartmouth community has joined with the Granite United Way to improve lives and empower people throughout our region. Thanks to you:

  • Nearly 1,400 young children attend high-quality early childhood education programs.
  • More than 1,300 adults found pathways to financial stability and freedom.
  • More than 8,000 people will have access to comprehensive substance abuse prevention, counseling, and recovery.

And that’s not all. Every day, the people who work beside you volunteer their time at United Way partner organizations throughout the Upper Valley. They cook meals at The Haven. They support former inmates getting a fresh start at Dismas. They help vulnerable women find a safe place through WISE.

From now through December, we’ll be sharing their stories here to show the real impact the United Way has in our own back yard. 

What can you do to help? Stay tuned for our 2017 campaign kick-off on Oct. 17!

Big Green Raises $5,000 for Dartmouth United Way

Nearly 8,000 fans attended Dartmouth football’s home opener on Saturday, Sept. 23, and Dartmouth Athletics donated $1 for each adult ticket to the Granite United Way—an annual tradition.

Rob Schultz, Rick Mills, Harry Sheehy, and President Phil Hanlon hand a football to Dr. Robert Norman and Win Piper

During halftime, Dr. Robert Norman (third from right) and Win Piper (second from right) were honored and presented with game balls by President Phil Hanlon ’77 (far right), Director of Athletics Harry Sheehy (third from left), Executive Vice President Rick Mills (second from left), and Area Director for Granite United Way Rob Schultz (far left).

Last Updated: 12/20/17