Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on November 10 and 11, 2018)

For eighteen years, the Vassar-Haiti Project, started and still directed by Lila
Meade and her husband Andrew, assistant dean of international students at
Vassar College, has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop
village of Chermaitre and its surroundings. Vassar sophomore Mary McCarthy,
publicity director of the project, and Lila Meade were the guests on RadioRotary
for this show. Ms. McCarthy was inspired to work on the project by reading
Mountains Beyond Mountains, a biography of Paul Farmer, founder of Partners
in Health. As a result of the project, which raises funds primarily by selling Haitian
paintings and crafts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 250-
student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the
last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington
Rotary. Vassar now has a Rotaract Club, which is seeking grant money from
Rotary to provide the clinic with electricity. It is inspiring work.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Mountains Beyond Mountains: https://www.tracykidder.com/mountains-beyond-mountains.html
Partners in Health: https://www.pih.org/
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs

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Rebuilding Children & Community (Aired On October 27 & 28, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Satara Brown, who founded the nonprofit organization
Rebuilding Our Children and Community and is its Chief Executive Officer. The
organization, which works from Poughkeepsie’s Family Partnership Center,
provides services to children and the community throughout Dutchess Country.
Currently the focus is on providing school supplies for needy children and youth
development, including a summer educational program, and on a support group
for women that each month features women coming together to face such issues
as empowerment as entrepreneurs or development of a positive self-image.
Rebuilding Our Children and Community is a family operation itself, involving
Satara Brown’s parents and siblings in making it work. Ms. Brown began the
organization after spending time working for the Albany community in several
capacities before returning to her native Poughkeepsie.

Learn more:
Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://roccpoughkeepsie.wordpress.com/
Facebook Page for Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://www.facebook.com/roccpk/
Family Partnership Center: http://familyservicesny.org/family-partnership-center/

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November 8, 2018 · Posted in Children, Community Planning, Dutchess County, Education, Women  

New City Rotary Club and Jawonio Inc. (Aired on March 3rd and 4th, 2018)

New City Rotary and Jawonio (Aired on March 3 & 4, 2018)
In this program, devoted to the close relationship between a Rotary Club and an important local resource, RadioRotary interviews New City Rotarians Madelon Burger, Robert Pitkofsky, and Jill Warner (executive director and CEO of Jawonio) along with Jerry Staller, director of educational and clinical services at Jawonio, which supplies lifespan services for persons with special needs primarily to Rockland County. Jawonio is a Native American word that means “independence,” representing the goal to help children and adults with special needs reach their full potential and helping them become as independent as possible. It is a unique residence and school resource that helps persons from as young as 2-months old to as old as 99 years. New City Rotary has been closely involved with Jawonio for over fifty years. As the facilities, started as a camp in 1947, have age, it has come time for new buildings, including new cabins for a summer program. New City Rotary is helping not only with funding this new construction, but also is working with Jawonio to create the Nature Path for outdoor activities. Listen to this pair of double interviews to learn more about this fascinating partnership.
Learn more:
Jawonio
New City Rotary
Jawonio Nature Path
Special Education in the Schools

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Mark Fredette of Sprout Creek Farm (Aired on October 28, 2017 and October 29, 2017)

Sprout Creek Farm (Aired on October 28 & 29, 2017)

Sprout Creek Farm is a 200-acre dairy farm 

started by two nuns who had begun to teach children and teenagers about farming and food at a farm in Greenwich, Connecticut. They were very lucky when the farm was donated to the Society of the Sacred Heart with the requirement that the land be used for education and that the farm be run as a nonprofit enterprise. In this RadioRotary interview, the farm’s Executive Director Mark Fredette, who is also the chef for the farm,describes the many educational programs run by the farm, including a sleepover camp, a day camp, and arrangements for schools to visit as field trips, often staying overnight. The farm’s cows and goats produce milk that is made into delicious cheeses that are sold locally and at the farm. The farm also sells many other farm products, including meat, eggs, and vegetables raised in the farm garden.   (Please click “Download” to hear broadcast).
Learn more:
Sprout Creek Farm
History of Sprout Creek Farm
Hudson Valley Farm-to-Table
Slow Food Hudson Valley

 

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November 1, 2017 · Posted in Education, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

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