People’s Place of Ulster County (Aired on December 12, 2021)

Executive Director Christine Hein of People’s Place Thrift Store and Food Pantry (along with many other program) visits RadioRotary, detailing the 24 human service programs run by People’s Place in Ulster County. The heart of these programs are the food pantry, the thrift store, the Community Café, and the Wellness Empowerment Center, all in Kingston, NY (but serving anyone in need at no cost). The food pantry provides over a million meals a year. The Community Café serves a continental breakfast and lunch every weekday. The Wellness Empowerment Center has workshops and classes in everything from cooking to yoga and meditation. Although donations are always welcome, much of the income is from sales at the thrift store. The annual Project Santa
distributes toys, books, clothing, and snacks to children in need.

Learn more:
People’s Place: https://www.peoplesplace.org/
People’s Place Community Café: https://www.peoplesplacecafe.org/
People’s Place on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesPlaceUC/
Ulster County Food Pantries: https://www.ulstercorps.org/agencies/food-pantries/

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December 22, 2021 · Posted in Children, Education, Events, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

Addiction Prevention & Education (Aired On October 10, 2021)

CAPE is the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education in Dutchess County.  For this program, Dora Celestino, Community Educator, and Christina Goebel, Senior Peer Engagement Specialist from CAPE visit RadioRotary to talk about how CAPE works with schools and teenagers to educate them about the harm caused by this common form of substance use disorder—including addiction to alcohol, other drugs, gambling, or sex— and how it can be prevented. CAPE also works with persons recovering the disorder including supplying recovery coaches. One of the tools that CAPE uses is the Victim Impact Panel, a program presented by persons affected by the disorder, including family members. Such a Panel is often mandated for persons who have been arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Listen to the program to learn the warning signs of substance use disorder.

Learn more:
CAPE (Council on Addiction Prevention & Education: https://capedc.org/
Dutchess County Addiction Prevention Services: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/38732.htm
MARC Foundation: http://www.marc-foundation.org/

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October 15, 2021 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Education, Mental Health  

Dictionaries for Schools and More (Aired on September 26, 2021)

RadioRotary welcomes Mary French, director (and founder) of The Dictionary Project, a nonprofit that provides dictionaries, primarily to children in third grade. Inspired by the example of Annie Plummer, who began giving dictionaries to schools near her home in Georgia in 1992, Mary French of Charleston, South Carolina, and her husband started The Dictionary Project in 1995. Four years later the Project had provided dictionaries to all the schools in South Carolina and was helping get dictionaries to those in need of them worldwide. Among its other dictionary-related activities, it—along with a number of other sources—provides a “Word of the Day” for improving vocabulary. The Dictionary Project partners with service clubs, such as Rotaries, in delivering dictionaries to school children. It offers nine different English-language dictionaries, including three from Merriam-Webster, as well as other types such as foreign-language dictionaries.

Learn more:
The Dictionary Project: https://www.dictionaryproject.org/
Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/
Word of the Day: https://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-day/
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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October 1, 2021 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Children, Education, Literacy, Rotary Club Projects  

Family Services and the Family Partnership (Aired on August 29, 2021)

Brian Doyle, CEO for Family Services, describes for RadioRotary listeners the enormous scope of his organization, which operates in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. He emphasizes the Behavioral Health Centers in several locations, which promote mental health, and the Center for Victim Safety and Support, which provides 24-hour non-residential, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, scams, and other crimes. The Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie, a centerpiece of Family Services, collaborates with some 20 organizations for humanitarian services based largely in a 100-year-old building in downtown Poughkeepsie. All Family Partnership services (except the Behavioral Health Centers) are free. The Partnership Center is very excited that they are adding a branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library in the building. Because of the building’s age, the Family Partnership is about to undergo considerable repairs and remodeling, including a new roof and new front entrance.

Learn More:
Family Services: http://www.familyservicesny.org/
Family Services Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesHV
Poughkeepsie Public Library District: https://poklib.org/
The Lunch Box: https://dutchessoutreach.org/the-lunch-box/

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