Rotary Improves Spirits of Ill Children (Aired on February 5 and 6, 2019)

Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotarians Past District Governor Nick Constantino and club
President Alex Duenas tell RadioRotary about their visit to Neiva, Colombia,
where the Huellas Fundación brings laughter into the lives of terminal ill children
in four hospitals. In English, the Huellas Fundación is the Footprints Foundation
with Meaning of Life. Teenagers and college students form the basis of the
Foundation, dressing as clowns to amuse the children and, with the help of the
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, find ways to
provide the children with last wishes. Constantino and Duenas joined in the
entertainment dressed as clowns (Mr. Constantino in costume was given the
name “Dr Cute,” which Rotarians in District 7210 will certainly endorse.) Listen to
the heartwarming stories of the children and the good works of the participating
Rotary clubs.

Learn more:
Clarkstown-Sunrise Rotary: https://www.clarkstownsunriserotary.com/
Huellas Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FundacionHuellasConSentidoDeVida/
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary: https://rotary4281.org/clubes-en-huila/neiva-noches-platenas/
Make A Wish International: https://www.worldwish.org/en

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January 19, 2019 · Posted in Children, Health, Rotary Club Projects, Youth  

Mental Health America Dutchess Merges with MARC (Aired on December 22 and 23, 2018)

Mental Health American Dutchess Country, which provides therapy and other
mental-health needs, is now bringing the Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery
Centers (MARC) into its organization. Andrew O’Grady, Executive Director of the
merging services, visits RadioRotary to tell about how the new relationship
extends the reach of both organizations. Both are sponsors, along with People
Inc. and Dutchess County, of the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in
Poughkeepsie, an urgent-care facility that is always open day or night to provide
immediate therapy while helping the visitor decide appropriate next steps. A
person ready to be helped can also call MARC’s Chemical Dependency Crisis
Center at (845) 471-0310. Both services are free if not covered by insurance.

Learn more:
Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC): http://marc.us.com/
MARC Foundation: http://marc-foundation.org/
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Dutchess Country Stabilization Center: http://dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/DBCH/27908.htm

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January 7, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Angels of Light for the Holidays (Aired On December 1 & 2, 2018)

The guest on RadioRotary for this program is Lori Decker, who with her husband
George formed Angels of Light of the Hudson Valley about 15 years ago when
they learned of a family that was dealing with a young very ill daughter—and the
busy holiday season was at hand. The Deckers took over providing presents and
other help for the family, a practice that became the origin of a charity that does
the same throughout the Hudson Valley for families who have a child with a life-
threatening illness. Although Angels of Light is based in Millbrook, NY, many of
the families are residents of Ronald MacDonald House in Valhalla, NY, or have
children being treated at nearby Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Volunteers
often donate presents for children or the charity provides them. Other volunteers
wrap and deliver the gifts to the families. Many gifts are donated through “giving
trees,” found in local businesses throughout the area. Funds for the 501(c)3
charity are also raised at events, such as a holiday brunch at Monte’s Local
Kitchen in Amenia, NY.

Learn more:
Angels of Light of the Hudson Valley: http://www.angelsoflighthudsonvalley.org/
Facebook: Angles of Light: https://www.facebook.com/angelsoflighthudsonvalley/
Ronald MacDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley: https://rmh-ghv.org/
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital: https://www.mariafarerichildrens.org/
Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room: https://www.monteskitchen.com/

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December 16, 2018 · Posted in Children, Events, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

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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