Carmel Rotary’s Basketball Challenge (Aired on April 18, 2021)

Carmel Rotary Club President-Elect Kathleen Valletta and Carmel Rotary Jessica Vanacoro visit RadioRotary to tell about their club’s fundraiser for local charities. The Basketball Challenge. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the location, so that the contest will be outdoors (in the Carmel Shoprite parking lot), in other respects the event will continue as it has for the past fourteen years.  Teams support their chosen local charities—a basket by a team member means a small contribution, although those contributions add up (foxed donations also accepted). Ninety percent of the money raised by the team through pledges goes to the specified charity with the remainder, as well as donations from event sponsors, go to the Carmel Club, who will use it also to fund good works. It is a win-win situation and a win-win program.

Learn more:
Carmel Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2208
Carmel Rotary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carmelrotaryclubny
Basketball Challenge Sign-Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44aaa722abfd0-carmel
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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Sparrow’s Nest in Covid Pandemic (Aired on March 28, 2021)

Krista Jones, the founder of Sparrow’s Nest, the charity that provides food to the families of persons who have cancer, returns to RadioRotary to tell how the program has fared through the covid pandemic and also to promote the virtual Superhero Challenge. The Superhero Challenge is a healthy way to raise money for the charity by committing to run or walk a specific amount and also committing to donate to the program, which in 2021 was feeding two meals weekly to some 300 persons. Although Ms. Jones has continued to cook for the program, she has had to dismiss the many volunteers who helped prepare the meals before the onset of the covid pandemic, so she does it all herself with one helper. The food is geared to what a family would eat. Generally the person with cancer does not reach out to Sparrow’s Nest—often the oncologist will do that, or sometimes a family member who sees the need. Today Sparrow’s Nest operates from a kitchen in a mall, but Ms. Jones is hoping to move the project to its own farm someday.

Learn more:
Sparrow’s Nest: http://sparrowsnestcharity.org/
Sparrow’s Nest Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oursparrowsnest/
Sparrow’s Nest on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparrowsnesthv?lang=en
Story of Sparrow’s Nest: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2015/06/20/sparrows-nest-cancer-patients-free-meals-service-fathers/28974775/

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March 31, 2021 · Posted in Health, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

The 150th Anniversary of Dutchess SPCA (Aired on March 14, 2021)

Executive Director Lynne Meloccaro of the Dutchess County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) visits RadioRotary via Zoom tocommemorate the 150 th anniversary of the organization, thought to be the 2 nd-oldest SPCA organization in the United States, formed in 1871, just 5 years aftethe first in the US, the New York SPCA. Like all SPCA organizations, it is a nonprofit that arranges to have stray animals, mostly cats and dogs, adopted by families. In a new program for Dutchess SPCA, the animals may be placed in foster homes instead of being kept at a central location. Although best known for dealing with strayed animals, Dutchess SPCA also has arrangements with many of the towns in the country to be the animal-control officers for the town. There is much more presented in this hour concerning the good works of Dutchess SPCA.

Learn more:
Dutchess County SPCA: https://dcspca.org/
Dutchess SPCA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DCSPCA
Animal-Control Officers: https://thebark.com/content/job-what-do-animal-control-officers-really-do
Trap-Neuter-Return Feral Cats: https://www.alleycat.org/resources/why-trap-neuter-return-feral-cats-the-case-for-tnr/

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March 19, 2021 · Posted in Animals, Dutchess County, Service Organizations  

Cara Mia and Hope on a Mission (Aired on March 7, 2021)

Cara Mia Bacchiochi, recently featured on NBC’s Today Show, returns to RadioRotary to describe new efforts in her continuing ministry to Poughkeepsiewomen (and men) who are homeless and addicted to drugs or alcohol. For 5½ years she has been at the corner of Main and South Clinton every Saturday morning and evening, sometimes in rain or snow, with the street ministry Hope on a Mission (HOAM). Bacchiochi and volunteers, many from local Rotary clubs, distribute food, clothing, and personal care items, restoring dignity to the homeless and addicted. Now, starting in March 2021, Hope on a Mission is adding a Tuesday night dinner in front of 690 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, a couple of blocks east of the Saturday night event, which also continues. Ms. Bacchiochi has “street cred” herself from life on the street in the 1980s. Periods of sobriety were interrupted by relapses until found herself in 2013 in the same jail cell she had occupied in 1990. While there, she recognized that her purpose in life is to help women with lives like hers. After she was released from jail that last time, she started Hope on a Mission. Check out the website which has opportunities to volunteer or donate—and if you have not seen it before, watch The Today Show interview.

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission Website: https://www.hopeonamission.org/
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hoampk/
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carabacci
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on The Today Show: https://www.today.com/video/how-1-woman-in-recovery-found-her-mission-to-support-others-100460613922

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