Volunteer Flights help Patients and Families (Aired on January 16, 2022)

RadioRotary welcomes Jessica Ames, Outreach & Events Director for Angel Flights East, to the program. Angel Flights East provides free air transportation for medical needs to children, individuals, or families all over the Northeast region of the United State—fourteen states, Maine through Virginia through Ohio. Nearly all of the flights are in general-aviation aircraft with at least four seats, including some corporate jets used for longer flights when available. All of the pilots are volunteers. It was started in 1993 after the founder, who had provided free air transportation for victims of Hurricane Katrina, joined with other pilots to continue help for those needing transport from their homes to medical facilities or between hospitals. Since then, the volunteer pilots have made about 900 flights annually.  This service is not the same as an air ambulance—passengers must be fit enough to enter and leave a small plane and to sit upright for the duration of the flight, which can sometimes be several hours. There are similar volunteer organizations throughout the United States.

Learn More:
Angel Flight East: https://angelflighteast.org/
Air Care Alliance Directory: https://www.aircarealliance.org/getting-assistance/directory-of-groups/
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA): https://www.aopa.org/

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January 19, 2022 · Posted in Health, Humanitarian Service, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

Dutchess Outreach Feeds and Warms (Aired on October 31, 2021)

Nyhisha Gibbs, Manager of Volunteers for Dutchess Outreach, and Coat Drive Volunteer Manager Mary Dynes visit RadioRotary to report on the various ways that Dutchess Outreach helps feed the community and to promote their annual winter coat drive. Dutchess Outreach is best known for running the daily Lunch Box, which supplies nutritious food for both lunch and dinner. Because of Covid-19, currently the meals are provided in boxes, distributed outside in front of the Family Partnership Center. Dutchess Outreach is also the prime mover in an annual coat and warm clothing drive. Clothing is donated around the country at Guardian Self Storage units and Red Cap Cleaners and at the Rotary Clubs of Pleasant Valley and Millbrook. On specific days in November (check the Websites below), the clothing is distributed at various locations around the county, free to all in need.

Learn more:
Dutchess Outreach: https://dutchessoutreach.org/
Family Partnership Center: https://familyservicesny.org/hslide/family-partnership-center/
Guardian Self-Storage: https://guardianselfstorage.com/
Red Cap Cleaners: https://www.redcapcleaners.com/locations.htm
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Millbrook Rotary: https://millbrookrotary.org/

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November 8, 2021 · Posted in Events, Humanitarian Service, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

Family Services and the Family Partnership (Aired on August 29, 2021)

Brian Doyle, CEO for Family Services, describes for RadioRotary listeners the enormous scope of his organization, which operates in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. He emphasizes the Behavioral Health Centers in several locations, which promote mental health, and the Center for Victim Safety and Support, which provides 24-hour non-residential, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, scams, and other crimes. The Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie, a centerpiece of Family Services, collaborates with some 20 organizations for humanitarian services based largely in a 100-year-old building in downtown Poughkeepsie. All Family Partnership services (except the Behavioral Health Centers) are free. The Partnership Center is very excited that they are adding a branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library in the building. Because of the building’s age, the Family Partnership is about to undergo considerable repairs and remodeling, including a new roof and new front entrance.

Learn More:
Family Services: http://www.familyservicesny.org/
Family Services Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesHV
Poughkeepsie Public Library District: https://poklib.org/
The Lunch Box: https://dutchessoutreach.org/the-lunch-box/

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The Box of Hope (Aired on April 25, 2021)

Rachel Sawner and Tracy Keck of the First Presbyterian Crunch in Pleasant Valley visit RadioRotary to tell the story of the church’s Box of Hope, available 24/7 for anyone who needs it. The solar powered wooden Box with a tin roof, which Rachel built, contains donated personal care and hygiene products, first- aid kits, bottled water, and even pet food, all free for the taking by anyone. Donations to The Box can be made through the Church or by collection sites at the Pleasant Valley Free Library and at Innate Chiropractic of Wappingers Falls. The items are primarily those not available through SNAP (food-stamp program) or with EBT Cards from NYS. The Box is accessible outside the Church every day all day and night. It supplements the items available from local Food Pantries.

Learn more:
First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley: http://www.pvpresby.com/
First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PVPresbyterian
Innate Chiropractic of Wappingers Falls: https://www.goinnate.com/wappingers-falls-ny-chiropractor/
Pleasant Valley Free Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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April 25, 2021 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, Quality of Life  

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