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  

Rotarian Ambassadorial Program (Aired on Jan 7 2017 and Jan 8 2017)

Rotary Ambassador Susan Davis (Aired on Jan7 and 8, 2017)

Ambassadorial Scholarships are the oldest program of the Rotary Foundation, having provided the opportunity for graduate study to over 42,000 students who
have studied international relations in over 60 nations. Rotarian Susan Davis (Rotary District 7210 E-Club), who grew up in the swamps outside of New Orleans became one of the recipients and attended Oxford University in the UK in 1980-81, leading to a career in using nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to fight poverty in Bangladesh (with BRAC) and around the world. In this RadioRotary Interview, recorded live from West Point, where Ms. Davis appeared at the annual Rotary Foundation gala along with District 7210 Past-President Bill Bassett, she tells about her experience with Rotary and her work with microfinancing as a way to improve lives.

Learn more:
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
Susan Davis
Susan Davis Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award
Rotary E-Club of District 7210
BRAC (Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee)
Microfinancing

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Senator Sue Serino: Senior Scams (Aired on November 12 & 13, 2016)

New York State Senator Sue Serino, chair of the Aging Committee, spoke to RadioRotary about telephone and Internet scams aimed at seniors, and how to avoid them. One of the most common recently in her district has been a phone call pretending to be from the IRS. The caller says that the person receiving the call is delinquent on back taxes and must pay immediately or will be sent to jail. Such a call is always a scam—the IRS does not phone delinquent payers. Another common phone scam aimed at the elderly is for the caller to pretend to be a grandchild in trouble. One clue is that the caller asks for money to be sent as a prepaid card or wired to an address that can be a drop-off. Many more scams, and how to avoid them, are discussed.

Learn more:
Senator Serino
Aging Resource Center
AARP Elderwatch
Senior Scams from the National Council on Aging

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November 14, 2016 · Posted in Aging, Financial Aid  

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