Housing for the Homeless and More (Aired on November 15, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews Christa Hines, Executive Director of Hudson River Housing, a vital service primarily in Dutchess County (but also with some facilities in Orange and Columbia counties). Hudson River Housing helps solve the housing problems of the Mid-Hudson with temporary, transitional, or permanent housing. As many as 100 individuals who are homeless can be served at the pods housing (formerly used by the Dutchess jail), while Hudson River Housing has a separate facility.

Learn more:
Hudson River Housing: https://hudsonriverhousing.org/
Mental Health Association of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Hope on a Mission:https://www.hopeonamission.org/
Homeless Situation, Dutchess County: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/01/23/dutchess-county-homeless-population-growing-amid-variety-factors/4482162002/

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November 20, 2020 · Posted in Dutchess County, Humanitarian Service  

Dutchess Annual Winter Coat Drive (Aired on November 8, 2020)

Ever since 1993, Dutchess Outreach has provided free coats and other warm clothing at the start of winter for those in need in Dutchess County. Starting at the beginning of October and continuing into November, coats are donated at sites all over the country—all Guardian Self Storage, Red Cap Cleaners, and Rhinebeck Bank locations. Recently the coat drive has been augmented with help from Rotary clubs. Pleasant Valley Rotary has sponsored part of the coat drive for several years and for the past two years the Millbrook Rotary Club has joined the efforts. The Rotary portion of the coat drive has included a day of distribution in Pleasant Valley Town Hall, but when that became unavailable because of Covid-19, the Pleasant Valley Free Library provided a new location.  In addition to winter coats and jackets, the Rotary clubs also collect scarves, gloves, and hats. With distribution at several sites around the country—even in the days of the coronavirus restrictions—as many as 6,000 items are provided free to those who will benefit from the help.

Learn more:
Dutchess Outreach: http://dutchessoutreach.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://www.rotarydistrict7210.org/clubInfo/pleasant-valley
Millbrook Rotary: https://millbrookrotary.org/
Pleasant Valley Free Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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November 20, 2020 · Posted in Dutchess County, Events, Humanitarian Service  

Cider Mill Annual Cider Tasting (Aired on September 27, 2020)

The show is a “triple play,” as co—hosts Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser are joined by three representatives of the history-preservation teams of Dutchess County: Lisa Weiss from the Cider Mill Friends of Open Space and Historic Preservation; Bill Ponte of the Sports Museum of Dutchess County; and Amy McKenzie of the Fishkill Historical Society and Van Wyck Homestead Museum. These volunteers and the many volunteers who work with them are dedicated to keeping the significant history of Dutchess County alive, from Colonial Days right up to the present. The event that brings them together is the 8th annual Cider Tasting at Kimlin Cider Mill, a historic building from the 19th century that was rescued from destruction by volunteers in 2008 after a  seven-year-long effort. Similarly, the Van Wyck Homestead, which dates from 1732, has been preserved since 1962 by the Fishkill Historical Society. The Sports Museum has since 1977 maintained a Hall of Fame for the many sports figures who played or lived in Dutchess County. The Cider Tasting features ciders from local farms as well as other treats.

Learn more:
Cider Mill Friends of Open Space and Historic Preservation: https://cidermillfriends.org/
Sports Museum of Dutchess County: https://www.dutchess.org/museums/sports_museum_of_dutchess_county
Carnwath Farms Historic Site and Park: https://carnwathfarms.webs.com/
Fishkill Historical Society and Van Wyck Homestead Museum: http://www.fishkillhistoricalsociety.org/

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October 4, 2020 · Posted in Dutchess County, Events, History, Museums  

Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess (Aired on July 11 and 13, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews (via Zoom) Joe Ryan, the Coordinator for the Medical Reserve Corp of Dutchess County, an organization of 1,004 volunteers currently who provide disaster relief, emergency-medical training, and related services throughout Dutchess County. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a nationwide organization designed to prepare for and help hand disaster relief, started after the September 11, 2001, attack. The Dutchess Country branch currently has 1,004 volunteers, and also Mr. Ryan has also won the nationally given Mentor Award for its coordination with surrounding county MRCs. The volunteers are almost exactly split between medical personnel and those with no prior medical training. The many preparedness programs offered by Dutchess MRC include classes in stopping bleeding, overdose recovery, suicide prevention, tick safety, and hands-only CPR. During the COVID-19 epidemic, MRC has been part of contact tracing, monitoring victims who are living at home, and providing food or prescription delivery when necessary. Listen to the whole program to learn much more about the services and also about how to volunteer to become a member.

Learn more:
Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Emergency-Response/Medical-Reserve-Corps-MRC.htm
Medical Reserve Corps: https://mrc.hhs.gov/HomePage
Mentor Award: https://www.dutchessny.gov/County-Government/National-Medical-Reserve-Corps-Bestows-Mentor-Award-on-Dutchess-Countys-Joe-Ryan.htm

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