Maggie Dufour is September’s Coalition Member of the Month
Maggie Dufour is September’s Coalition Member of the Month, representing our Parent Sector since 2018. She has also volunteered for CAP’s Life Skills Training program at Pulaski Street Elementary School since 2015.
Maggie grew up on the North Fork of Long Island. She has run a business, Dufour Abstract, with her husband for the past 17 years. Maggie is the mother of three boys in the Riverhead Central School District (RCSD): Noah, a 9th grader who is also a member of the Riverhead Youth Coalition; Henry, a 7th grader; and Emmett, a 3rd grader. Her family is also very involved in Riverhead Little League and enjoys playing and watching baseball.
providing a strong and positive foundation
Maggie spends much of her free time volunteering on youth-serving committees. She believes that building a strong and positive foundation for our children produces strong and positive adults who will one day give back to their communities. She currently sits on the Safety committee at Riley Avenue Elementary School, as well as on the RCSD Parent University committee, Code of Conduct committee, and Grant Writing committee. Maggie volunteered on the PTO of Riley Avenue Elementary School, commonly referred to as PARA, for five years, serving as president for two of those years. She also previously volunteered her time on the Leadership committee at Riley Avenue Elementary School and on the executive PTO.
Maggie Dufour plays a key role in reducing substance use among youth in our community. As a volunteer for CAP’s Life Skills Training program, she has become a mentor for high school peer leaders and for 6th grade students at Pulaski Street Elementary School. She is a strong and consistent presenter and has delivered 20 presentations over the past four years. This program demonstrates statistically significant positive outcomes for both the students and the peer leaders every year.
Maggie is also an active member of the coalition’s Meet and Greet committee that plans and implements an interactive event to increase coalition capacity and community collaboration. She enjoys her time as a volunteer for our organization and looks forward to many more years of helping the youth of our community learn about the dangers of underage drinking and drugs, and helping them to develop positive habits and multiple ways of getting out of risky situations.
Riverhead Community Coalition Coordinator Kelly Miloski sat down with Maggie Dufour to talk about her experience with the coalition.
Here are the highlights:
- Why did you become involved in the coalition?
“When you asked me if I was interested in representing the coalition’s Parent sector, I was truly honored. I enjoy my time as a CAP presenter but I know that the audience it reaches is limited. Being able to be part of a group that advocates so strongly for the health and well-being of all of our youth within our own community was a no brainer for me.”
- What is your favorite coalition activity?
“My favorite coalition activity is the annual Meet and Greet. I love seeing members of our community come out to support such a positive mission. I also love seeing the Riverhead Youth Coalition showcase what they do for the community.”
- Name three words that best describe you.
“Dedicated, honest, and adventurous.”
- Besides coalition work, what else do you like to do?
“My three sons are obsessed with baseball. We have made it our family mission to visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums before my oldest son graduates high school. To date, we have visited 18 stadiums. When not at work, volunteering, or at a baseball game, you can find me at the beach.”
Interested in learning more about coalition membership?
To learn more about joining the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth or volunteering for CAP’s Life Skills Training program, contact Kelly Miloski at (631) 727-3722 ext. 106 or Kelly.Miloski@RiverheadCAP.org.