Rotary Business Directory Funds Community Nonprofits (Aired on March 20, 2022)

     

For this show Radio Rotary was joined by Jan Miller, current president of Millbrook Rotary (Sarah O’Connell-Claitor’s club), and Mona Staaf-Gunther, past president of Millbrook Rotary, who is spearheading the 2021-22 edition of the “Millbrook Rotary Business Directory,” a publication that not only provides vital services for Central and North-Central Dutchess County but also is the source of funds to help support local nonprofits and other ways of doing good in the world. Because of the effects of the pandemic, improving the food supply locally has been a particular focus, with the Directory income helping support at least six local food pantries. Funding is also provided for other Rotary goals, such as the Youth Exchange (YEX) that brings high-school students from around the world to Millbrook for a school year and also sends Millbrook students to foreign lands. The advertising in the Directory that pays for this outreach, feature in some 5,000 free copies of a full-color book, is also a guide for locals and tourists to the many services available in Dutchess Country.

Learn More:
Millbrook Rotary Club: https://millbrookrotary.org/
Millbrook Rotary Business Directory: https://www.millbrookrotarydirectory.com/#/
Food of Life, Amenia: https://stthomasamenia.com/visit-the-food-pantry/
Food for Folks and More: https://www.lyallmemorial.org/about3
District 7210 Youth Exchange: http://yex7210.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  

Sparrow’s Nest: Caring for Families (Aired on November 20, 2021)

         

Krista Jones of Sparrow’s Nest, the charity that provides meals to the families of persons experiencing cancer, returns to RadioRotary with an update and a vision of the charity’s future. When a good friend developed stage-4 colon cancer, Ms. Jones recognized that cancer affects the whole family and began to provide daily meals for her friend’s family. Today, with mostly volunteer help, her Sparrow’s Nest charity provides two free meals a day for some 300 cancer-affected families in the mid-Hudson with children under 18. Ms. Jones still manages to do all the cooking herself, but Sparrow’s Nest has moved from Ms. Jones’ kitchen to a professional kitchen and office in a commercial space. The hope is to obtain a new site where vegetables and perhaps chickens can be raised to provide even healthier local food to its clients. Donations, including those through several annual events such as a 5-k walk, are needed to make the dream of a small farm for the charity come true.

Learn more:
Sparrow’s Nest: http://sparrowsnestcharity.org/
Sparrow’s Nest Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oursparrowsnest/
Nutrition and Cancer Treatment: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorship-during-and-after-treatment/staying-active/nutrition.html

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November 29, 2021 · Posted in History, Nutrition, 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  

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