The Borgen Project to End World Poverty (Aired on August 30, 2020)

Scott Oatkin, Political Affairs Ambassador for The Borgen Project, visits RadioRotary (via Zoom) to describe the efforts that he and other volunteers are making to encourage the United State Government to do more to help end world poverty. Around the world more than 700 million people live in extreme poverty, and The Borgen Project is dedicated to the proposition that the world’s richest nation should be leading efforts to improve economies. A better world economy would be better for the United States as well. The Borgen Project got started 7 years ago when Clint Borgen was a volunteer in Kosovo and saw first-hand how many people live without enough food or other necessities because of low income. More recently Mr. Oatkin also experienced how really impoverished people live when he was a part of the Rhinebeck Interact’s mission to build a school in rural Nicaragua, which led to his involvement in The Borgen Project. Rhinebeck Interact is a high-school club sponsored by Rhinebeck Rotary. Mr. Oatkin is now a junior political science major at NYU. As a Borgen Project Ambassador, he lobbies government officials to do more about world poverty.

Learn more:
The Borgen Project: https://borgenproject.org/
Interview with Clint Borgen: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/borgen-one-mans-seven-year-project-to-downsize-poverty/
Rhinebeck Interact on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/395583917202375/
Rhinebeck Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2252

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September 8, 2020 · Posted in Financial Aid, International Programs, Law, Service Organizations  

Miles of Hope Aids Cancer Victims (Aired on September 28 and 29, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Pari Farood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, an
organization that provides aid and comfort to breast-cancer sufferers throughout
the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. Miles of Hope was founded in 2004 by
Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok who had already devoted themselves to raising
money for the fight against breast cancer but recognized that there needed to be
a more local organization. The name originates with the annual fall Breast
Cancer Walk at James Baird State Park in Dutchess Country, but there are
additional fundraising events throughout the year. With the money it raises, Miles
of Hope provides many services to improve the lives of persons with breast cancer ranging from help paying bills and for associated medical services to
college scholarships for students whose lives have been affected by the breast
cancer of a relative or friend. An important service is the peer-to-peer hotline
(800-532-4290) where those affected by breast cancer can exchange information
on how to deal with the problems that arise.

Learn more:
Miles of Hope: https://milesofhope.org/
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County: https://www.dutchesscap.org/
New York State Breast Cancer Services: https://www.ny.gov/new-york-state-breast-cancer-programs/new-york-state-breast-cancer-services
Breast Cancer: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/AboutBreastCancer.html

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Financial Aid, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Alleviating Poverty and Helping Education and Seniors (Aired on July 6 and 7, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews “Mr. A,” also known as retired Red Hook math teacher
Nick Ascienzo, founder of The Ascienzo Family Foundation, a unique resource
for helping to alleviate poverty, provide educational services, and serve senior
citizens. Many of Mr. Ascienzo’s former students have become Ambassadors for
the Foundation, people who seek out local needs and write grant proposals so
that the Foundation can support these good causes. Among the examples
around the nation are Fresh Truck, a mobile farm market that brings produce to
underserved neighborhoods; the Sunflower Bakery, which trains and employs the
developmentally disabled in producing baked goods for sale in their store or
online; and We Care Solar, a provider of solar-power on backpacks , enabling
access to renewable electricity for people in developing regions. Although Mr.
Ascienzo’s former students range over the world, the Foundation is based in Red
Hook, NY, and many of its projects are local as well.

Learn more:
Ascienzo Family Foundation: http://www.ascienzofamilyfoundation.org/
Ascienzo Family Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ascienzofdn/
Fresh Truck: https://www.freshtruck.org/
Sunflower Bakery: https://www.sunflowerbakery.org/
We Care Solar: https://wecaresolar.org/
Red Hook, NY: https://www.redhook.org/31/Explore

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July 30, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Education, Financial Aid, Nutrition  

Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance (Aired On October 6 & 7, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Zach Kirchner of the Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance,
an organization that bridges the gap between serving the nation and services
available to veterans. Since 2016 the volunteers of the Veterans Alliance have
connected veterans with housing, mental health assistance, physical health
needs, financial aid, and other useful services. The volunteers themselves have
come together to provide assistance on such tasks as installing water heaters or
septic tanks. All of their services are free to veterans of any US war or their
families. Veterans often have a difficult time making the transition to civilian life or
may have special problems resulting from exposure to toxic agents or enemy fire
during their service, so they may need the extra help the Veterans Alliance
provides.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance: https://www.hudsonvalleyveteransalliance.org/
Vet2Vet of Dutchess Country: https://mhadutchess.org/programs-for-veterans/
My Brother Vinny: https://www.mybrothervinny.org/index.html
Dutchess Country Division of Veterans Services: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/VeteransAffairs/VAindex.htm
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System: https://www.hudsonvalley.va.gov/
Hudson River Housing: http://hudsonriverhousing.org/

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in Financial Aid, Housing Assistance, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

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