Mental Health and Recovery in the Pandemic (Aired on June 27 and 28, 2020)

Andrew O’Grady, Executive Director of Mental Health American Dutchess County (MHA) and the Mid-Hudson Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) returns to the RadioRotary microphones to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health, a veterans’ program, homelessness, and addiction. As MHA and MARC move toward a complete merger in 2021, the 200 full-time employees and 70 part-timers are deemed essential and so are still working, although mostly from home and on the telephone. But some programs must continue face to face, albeit with adaptations to stem spread of disease. For example, MARC residential treatment and sober housing programs are based in specific centers. The MHA homeless shelter must run from its location as well. The Vet-2-Vet help for military veterans by other veterans will come to where it is needed. All in all, MHA/MARC is even more active as the county confronts the coronavirus than it had been during the old normal. Anyone who needs the services provided by this organization can reach them at (845)473-2500.

Learn more:
Mental Health America Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Facebook Page for Mental Health America: https://www.facebook.com/MHADutchess/
Vet-2-Vet: http://www.vet2vetusa.org/

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Warwick Valley Bowls for a Cause (Aired March 7 & 8, 2020)

Warwick Valley, NY, has a very strong Rotary Club; like other Rotaries in District 7210 (the Mid- Hudson), it has found a creative way to raise money for good causes, locally or internationally. In this show, two Warwick Rotarians—retired Lt. Col. Edward Lynch and Dr. David Dempster—describe “Bowling for a Cause,” a fun fundraiser that they produce along with the Warwick Valley High School Interact Club. A small fee paid by each bowler provides all the necessities of the sport and also food and drink during the event. The Interact Club chose four causes to support, all dealing with suicide prevention or prevention and recovery from alcoholism or drug abuse. Suicide has been major problem for veterans, so two of the groups supported by the event are the American Legion and VFW. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has especially effective suicide-prevention programs, while ADAC, the alcoholism and drug abuse council of Orange County, is central to those issues in the county and in nearby Rockland County. “Bowling for a Cause” raises most of its money from community sponsors—a law firm, bank, insurance agent, real estate firm, and restaurant. It is interesting to know that neither Col. Lynch nor Dr. Dempster thought they would be eligible for Rotary because they incorrectly believed that Rotary was only for businessmen. As Rotarians they are glad to have a chance to improve their community.

Learn more
Warwick Valley Rotary Club: https://www.warwickvalleyrotary.org/
American Legion of Warwick on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Warwickpost214/
VFW of Warwick on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WarwickValleyVFWPost4662/
NAMI in Orange County, NY: http://www.namiorangeny.org/
ADAC (The Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County): http://www.adacinfo.com/

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March 17, 2020 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Events, Mental Health, Rotary Club Projects  

Sue Doyle’s Volunteer Projects (Aired December 21 and 22, 2019)

Sue Doyle of the Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary Club was given the 2019 Tansukh Dorawala
Humanitarian Award of Rotary District 7210 for her service to the community. This RadioRotary
Program covers some of the ways that Ms. Doyle, known to regular RadioRotary listeners as
the voice of Absolute Auction & Realty, works with other volunteers in several organizations.
Fishkill Food Pantry serves about 200 families in southern Dutchess Country and Cold Spring
with 5-day emergency meals, available once every 28 days. Their healthy food is provided in
part by the Food Bank of Dutchess County but mostly by local donations directly to the pantry in
downtown Fishkill. The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Beacon is a no-kill refuge for dogs
and cats that stay until a family adopts the pet for a permanent home. Not only does ARF of
Beacon provide food and medicine for locally abandoned pets, it also collects unwanted dogs
and cats who otherwise would be killed from animal shelters across the country. In addition to
her work with the Fishkill Food Pantry and ARF of Beacon, Ms. Doyle has been an asset to the
Pleasant Valley Free Library by providing company trucks needed to move books, along with
her husband Rob Doyle will be honorary chair of the MARC Foundation 2020 Annual Dinner,
and helps her Rotary club bring assistance of Caramia Bacchiochi’s Hope on a Mission, which
provides meals each week for Poughkeepsie’s homeless population.

Learn more
Fishkill Food Pantry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FishkillFoodPantry/
Animal Rescue Foundation of Beacon: https://www.arfbeacon.org/
ARF in Beacon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arfanimalrescue/
Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/index.html
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 4 (Aired November 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary interviewers visited the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg,
Germany, where they found many Rotarian groups and other Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) doing good in the world. This radio program, the fourth in a
series, covers a few of these projects. Roots of Life deals with land that has been
planted with land mines, which linger long after wars have passed, and replants the land
with grape vines, growing grapes for wine, raisins, or food, which not only helps save
lives but also provides economic benefits to farming communities. Gift of Life offers life-
saving surgery to children who were born with congenital heart disease. Both
organizations work with Rotary to connect around the world. The Rotarian Action Group
(RAG) Against Slavery helps rescue the millions of people still enslaved, often for sex
but also by businesses, and offers programs to rehabilitate them for a life of freedom.
There are many locations where the Don’t Meth With Us Foundation is fighting drug
abuse—primarily methamphetamine but also opioid addiction. War Child, which has
independent branches in the United Kingdom, Holland, and Canada, supports all young
children who have been affected by armed conflict, with education and safe zones
around the world.

Learn more:
Roots of Peace: https://rootsofpeace.org/
Gift of Life International: https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/
Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery: https://ragas.online/
Don’t Meth With Us Foundation: http://www.dontmethwithus.com/
War Child: https://www.warchild.org/

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