Greystone’s Leap for Autism (Aired on January 30, 2022)

Samara Enders, Director of Philanthropy at Greystone Programs, is interviewed by co-host Sarah McConnell-Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser about the annual Leap for Autism and other aspects of Greystone’s work with developmentally disabled individuals. Greystone Programs is a privately-run non-profit organization that provides essential services and life-enriching opportunities to
more than 600 children, adults, and families with autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization operates 17 group homes in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties of New York State as well as providing after-school and school- break programs. While part of their funding is from government sources, the nonprofit relies on private donations as well. Their annual fundraiser is a skydive at Skydive the Ranch in Garrison, NY, an event that brings 60 to 70 donors to jump from airplanes in support of Greystone—the sixth annual Leap for Autism.

Learn More:
Greystone Programs: https://www.greystoneprograms.org/
Skydive the Ranch: https://skydivetheranch.com/
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/
Autism Spectrum Disorder: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

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Southern Dutchess Rotary Programs (Aired on December 26, 2021)

Southern Ulster Rotarians Will Ferrell (club president) and Paul Daniels (vice president) visit RadioRotary via Zoom to discuss the community and international projects that the club supports. Southern Dutchess was originally named “Plattekill Rotary,” but with members from nearby towns in Ulster Country and even some from nearby Orange Country, the current name seems more
appropriate. The good work that Southern Dutchess Rotarians do goes from the very local, such as providing donuts and hot chocolate at the annual Plattekill tree lighting, to the International, including helping fund improvements in a village in Guatemala. Much of their emphasis is on youth: a basketball and volleyball program for elementary school, providing summer camps for needy children, and sending local students abroad on Rotary Youth Exchange. Southern Dutchess Rotary is also proud to be a ShelterBox Hero, annually supporting Shelterbox disaster relief.

Learn More:
Southern Ulster Rotary Club: https://www.southernulsterrotary.org/
Konojel Project in Guatemala: https://www.voluntouring.org/2018/07/28/volunteer-konojel-guatemala/
Camp Robbins on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ycamprobbins/
Rotary Youth Exchange (YEX): https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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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  

Great American Smoke-Out (Aired on November 14, 2021)

Tobacco contains nicotine, a more powerful addictive substance than marijuana, opium, or cocaine. Furthermore, today’s cigarettes contain many harmful chemicals in addition to tobacco. Before 1964 there was a general understanding that cigarettes are not good for health (“coffin nails” was one nickname), and in 1964 the US surgeon general’s report made this official, although a high percentage of Americans continued to smoke. Six years after the surgeon general’s report, a community in Massachusetts proposed a day without smoking, which soon grew into the Great American Smokeout, celebrated by many giving up the cigarette habit on the third Thursday in November. Dora Celestino from the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) visits RadioRotary for this show outlining the dangers of cigarettes, and progress since the 1970s. CAPE is better known for its work in high schools educating students about drug and alcohol addiction, but it also helps fight nicotine addiction.

Learn more:
Great American Smokeout: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html
CAPE (Council on Addiction Prevention & Education of Dutchess County): https://capedc.org/
New York State Smokers’ Quitline: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/3485.pdf

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November 21, 2021 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Events, Health, Service Organizations  

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