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Community Champions

We are excited to partner again with Energy 103 Radio in 2023 to help recognize those "Community Champions" that are doing great work right here in the Hudson Valley.

Each Community Champion will earn a $1,000 award for their organization or cause.


If you know someone who volunteers locally or an entire community organization that should be considered, we invite you to nominate them today!

Click here to nominate your Walden Savings Bank Community Champion

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Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship

Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship is a beacon of hope and healing for individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges in the Hudson Valley community. Through the transformative power of equine-assisted therapy, Victory Hill provides personalized programs that empower individuals to overcome obstacles, build confidence, and foster independence. With a dedicated team of certified instructors and gentle equine partners, Victory Hill offers a supportive environment where individuals of all ages can thrive. By harnessing the unique bond between humans and horses, Victory Hill is paving the way for a brighter future, one hoofbeat at a time.

Walden Savings Bank President & CEO, Derrik R. Wynkoop had the honor of visiting Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship to recognize Executive Director and Founder, Laurie, as a Community Champion. Laurie's dedication and tireless efforts in providing equine-assisted therapy to individuals facing various challenges in the Hudson Valley community truly exemplify the spirit of service and compassion. To hear more about Laurie's inspiring journey and Victory Hill's impactful work, don't miss the full Community Champion podcast video below.


MS Society- Greater New York City & Long Island Chapter

The Multiple Sclerosis Society is a nonprofit organization committed to providing support for individuals affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) and contributing to research efforts aimed at finding a cure for the disease. Offering a comprehensive range of services and programs, the MS Society focuses on Support Services, Education, Awareness, Advocacy, Research Programs, and Community Programs.

We take great pleasure in recognizing the MS Society as a Community Champion. For more information about the MS Society, Greater New York City, and Long Island Chapter, please visit their website at Additionally, listen to the full interview with Dana Miele, President of MS Society's Greater New York City and Long Island Chapter, and Derrik Wynkoop, President & CEO of Walden Savings Bank.

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The Newburgh/Highland Falls branch of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has a specific focus on addressing issues that impact marginalized people within the Orange County area. The NAACP is a civil rights organization that has been historically committed to advocating for the rights of African Americans and other marginalized communities.

In the context of the Newburgh/Highland Falls branch, this organization is particularly attentive to the unique challenges faced by individuals in the local Orange County community. These challenges might include issues related to racial discrimination, inequality, social justice, education, employment, and other areas where systemic disparities may exist.

To learn more about the NAACP Newburgh/Highland Falls chapter, visit them online and be sure to check out highlights from our interview with NAACP President, Ray Harvey and Walden Savings Bank President & CEO, Derrik Wynkoop. 


Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster

Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster is committed to providing help and creating hope for the marginalized and vulnerable members of our community in Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.

They offer a helping hand and a caring heart to those suffering from the disease of addiction, to families and individuals struggling with poverty, including emergency food and shelter assistance, and to immigrants navigating the journey to citizenship. They assist organizations with providing their employees access to quality social and human service support and maintain a commitment to enhancing and improving the quality of life for the residents of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.

Visit Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster online and be sure to listen to highlights from our interview with President & CEO Derrik Wynkoop and Catholic Charities CEO, Shannon Kelly. 

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Beautiful People 

The mission of Beautiful People is to build bridges between children with disabilities and their families and the broader community of Orange County by providing adaptive sports for children and young adults, age 5 and up.

They are a community sports organization that enables joy, inspires hope, and fulfills dreams among children with disabilities and their families. They see that vision playing out in significant positive changes observed by parents as to their child’s socialization, self-esteem, coordination, agility and mobility.

Visit Beautiful People online and be sure to listen to highlights from our interview with President and CEO Derrik Wynkoop and Beautiful People's Executive Director, Mary Williams. 


Alzheimer's Association- Hudson Valley Chapter

We were thrilled to thrilled to honor the Alzheimer's Association- Hudson Valley Chapter as our latest Community Champion. The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

For more information on the great work of this group please visit them online at: and be sure to listen to a clip of our on-air interview with Kathleen Wills and Kellee Thelman representing the Alzheimer's Association. 


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Meals on Wheels 

Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers hot, nourishing, noontime meals for individuals who are confined to their homes and unable to cook adequately for themselves due to age, illness, injury or disability.  Recipients can also request frozen meals for evenings, weekends and holidays.

All meals are freshly-prepared in a commercial kitchen and delivered at noontime by dedicated, caring volunteers who also help to brighten the day with a friendly visit. Volunteers like Walt and Maryanne Lindner. 

Visit Meals on Wheels online and be sure to listen the highlights from our interview with our own President and CEO Derrik Wynkoop and Meals on Wheels Community Champions, Walt & Maryanne Lindner.  


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Walden Community Council 

The Walden Community Council encourages residents of the Village of Walden to restore pride in the community and its surrounding areas. The Community Council also provides a unified voice which can present ideas and issues to village officials. 

Visit Facebook to learn more about this organization or how to get involved. Be sure to listen to highlights from our interview with President & CEO Derrik R. Wynkoop and the Walden Community Council's Community Champion Brenda Adams.  

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Maybrook Kiwanis 

The Maybrook Kiwanis Club was established on September 28, 2018 and welcomes new members interested in making a difference in our community. Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities, many clubs sponsor a Kiwanis family club — K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; Circle K clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities. 

Be sure to listen to highlights from our interview with President & CEO Derrik R. Wynkoop and the Maybrook Kiwanis Community Champion Tina Johnson.  

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Town of Montgomery Food Pantry 

The Town of Montgomery Food Pantry is a resource for anyone in need to receive food once a month and is available to residents living in the Valley Central School District. The Pantry is mainly funded by private donations and local food drives and receives state funding through grants. 

The Town of Montgomery Food Pantry is a privately run Pantry that has volunteers, staffed by four local churches:

  • First Presbyterian Church, Village of Montgomery
  • First Reformed Church, Village of Walden
  • Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Village of Walden
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church/Chapel of Walden, Village of Walden
  • Brick Reformed, Montgomery

Visit to learn more about this organization or how to get involved. Be sure to listen to highlights from our interview with President & CEO Derrik R. Wynkoop and the Town Of Montgomery Food Pantry's Community Champion Karena Winum. 

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Pets Alive! 

Pets Alive is a no-kill animal rescue, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Their mission is to build a humane community supporting the human-animal bond by being a resource through rescue, adoption, intervention, education, and outreach.

Pets Alive is one of the oldest no-kill organizations in the United States. Animals at Pets Alive include dogs, cats and farm animals. Many of the animals at Pets Alive are older, have special needs or require special care.

Visit to learn more about this organization and be sure to listen to highlights from our interview with President & CEO Derrik R. Wynkoop and Pets Alive Community Champion Debbie Pesola. 




Inspire was founded as the Orange County Cerebral Palsy Association, Inc. in 1950 primarily to provide rehabilitative and education services to children with cerebral palsy. Today, Inspire provides a wide array of rehabilitative, educational, and disability support services for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Through sites in Goshen, Newburgh, and Monroe, Inspire provides the various support services to children and adults throughout Orange County. 

Visit to learn more about this organization and be sure to listen to highlights from our interview with President & CEO Derrik R. Wynkoop and Inspire's Community Champion Suzanne Schindler. 

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Gardiner Fire Department 

The Gardiner Fire Department and the Gardiner Fire District are all volunteer organizations dedicated to the health and welfare of Gardiner residents, their families, and their property. The Gardiner Fire Department is a combination fire department that provides both fire and emergency medical services. The department covers Gardiner’s approximately 28,000 acres or 45 square miles and more than 55 miles of roads. 

Visit The Gardiner Fire Department online and be sure to listen the highlights from our interview with our own President and CEO Derrik Wynkoop and The Gardiner Fire Department's Community Champion, Kelli Nielson. 


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Warwick Humane Society 

Warwick Valley Humane Society provides a safe haven and protection for the community’s homeless, injured and abused animals. They promote adoption, responsible pet ownership, spaying, neutering, and community outreach.

The Warwick Valley Humane Society is a not for profit corporation of the State of New York. Founded in 1954, they have operated the Warwick Animal Shelter since 1968 and are the second oldest humane society in Orange County.

Visit The Warwick Valley Humane Society online and be sure to listen the highlights from our interview with our own President and CEO Derrik Wynkoop and The Warwick Valley Humane Society's Community Champion, Betsy Mitchell. 


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Friends of Otisville School 

The Friends of the Otisville School, Inc is a non-profit corporation organized exclusively for preservation and rehabilitation of the "Old Otisville School " or the former Minisink Valley Elementary School at Otisville.

Their goal is to  develop a cultural, artistic, education and recreation community center that reflects the History and Love this 100 year old structure that has come to symbolize to our village, our town and our region. It was our privilege to recognize Allison Miller for the work she is doing for the Friends of the Otisville School. Thank you Allison for all that you are doing for our community. 

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Maybrook VFW Post 2064

The Maybrook VFW recognizes local Veterans and their sacrifices in military-service to our country which each made to ensure the freedoms and security of a way of life that we all enjoy today.

Their members pay tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service when "Honoring the Dead by Helping the Living". The many National Veterans of Foreign Wars Programs are promoted to recognize the needs of those now serving in the military, Disabled Veterans and the Widows and Orphans of Veterans.

VFW educational programs are offered to local schools and their students of all grades to help recognize military Veterans and to promote true Patriotism through art contests, essay- writing and an oratory-program.  It was our privilege to recognize Chuck Wright for the work he is doing for the Maybrook VFW. Thank you Chuck for all that you are doing for our community. 

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Habitat For Humanity of Greater Newburgh


Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh was founded in October of 1999 by a group of dedicated volunteers who shared a vision to revitalize Newburgh’s neighborhoods and help local hard-working, low-income families help themselves create strength, stability, and self-reliance. Habitat Newburgh is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Be sure to listen to Manny Diaz in his recent interview with Walden Savings Bank President and CEO, Derrik Wynkoop. Manny was recognized as one of our Community Champions for his extraordinary work at the Habitat Restore. 

Donated goods collected by the Habitat ReStore are sold and proceeds are returned to Habitat for Humanity. Shoppers purchase high quality merchandise often with 50 to 90% off the original retail cost and in doing so support the elimination of substandard housing in their community with every transaction. Thank you for all of your efforts Manny! 


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The New Rose Theatre

The New Rose Theatre (Hudson Valley Conservatory) is the  Hudson Valley’s first performing arts school, offering classes in acting, music and dance for over twenty years.

Started in 1994, The New Rose Theatre has become a place for children to learn and grow in the arts. They pride themselves on offering a well-rounded arts education and helping children develop not just as artists, but confident, competent young adults.

They offer classes for those ages 3 and up. Whether you are looking for a fun after school activity or a pre professional training program, they are here to accommodate your training needs. Students have the opportunity to take part in numerous productions throughout the year in their own black box theatre, The New Rose Theatre. The Hudson Valley Conservatory strives to enrich the lives of all its students in the arts along with its surrounding community. 

Visit The New Rose Theatre / Hudson Valley Conservatory online  and be sure to listen the highlights from our interview with our own President and CEO Derrik Wynkoop and The New Rose Theatre's Community Champion, Jane Galyean. 

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