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



The Sparrow’s Nest charity that provides meals to the families of persons experiencing cancer is planning a big expansion, Krista Jones returns to RadioRotary with news of a $50,000 grant from Astra-Zenica 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.

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Sparrow’s Nest:
Sparrow’s Nest Facebook Page:
Nutrition and Cancer Treatment:

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December 26, 2022 · Posted in Health, Nutrition, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

Hope on a Mission Helps Homeless and More (Aired on December 11, 2022)


Cara Mia Bacchiochi returns to RadioRotary to describe progress of Hope on a Mission, her continuing ministry to homeless Poughkeepsie women (and men), many also addicted to drugs or alcohol. Seven years ago, as she was once-again in jail, Cara Mia vowed to help street women, aware of their needs because she had been one. When she was out of jail, she borrowed a car, filled the trunk with bottles of water and parked at the corner of Main and South Clinton, one of the most traveled locations for street women and addicts in Poughkeepsie, handing out water to those who past. Since then every Saturday evening, sometimes in rain or snow, her the street ministry Hope on a Mission (HOAM) has served from that corner. Bacchiochi and volunteers, many from local Rotary clubs, distribute food, clothing, and personal care items, restoring dignity to the homeless and addicted. Those who are ready to change their lives are escorted to Dutchess County’s Stabilization Center or to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital (formerly St.Francis) for treatment. Since that first visit, Hope on a Mission has added a Saturday breakfast and dinners on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, a 20-passenger bus bringing help where it is needed, and a partnership in a thrift shop.

Learn More:
Hope on a Mission Website:
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page:
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on Facebook:
Stabilization Center:
Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital Chemical Dependency:

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Tots for Toys Returns to Hudson Valley (Aired on December 5, 2021)



Toys for Tots in the Hudson Valley is updated in this program where cohosts Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview Mike Binns (Ulster County Coordinator), Marine sergeant Felipe Cabrera, and PAMAL radio host Randy Turner (who is also engineer for the Radio Rotary team). Toys for Tots was started by the Marines in Los Angeles 1947 to provide toys for children in
need—distributing 5,000 toys in that first year. Walt Disney designed the familiar logo. Every holiday season since it has continued to be one of the charities that everyone loves, providing presents for children who might otherwise go without holiday gifts. Local businesses, such as Adams Fairacre Farms and have provided bins for collecting brand-new, unwrapped toys. Cash can be donated online at the website to buy toys, also.

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Hudson Valley Toys for Tots:
Toys for Tots on Facebook:
Marine Reserve Corps at Stewart Air Base:
WBPM (92.9):
National Toys for Tots campaign:

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December 19, 2022 · Posted in Children, Hudson Valley, Service Organizations  

Join Rotary for Service and Fellowship (Aired on November 20, 2022)


RadioRotary welcomes District 7210 Membership Chair and Past District Governor (2020-21) Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo who describes some of the many benefits of becoming a Rotarian. He personally likes the way that Rotary not only aids local community organizations but also has a global reach. With over 200 nations that have active Rotary clubs, Rotarians around the world can find partners to promote such goals as peace, literacy, clean water, maternal health, and disease prevention (notably the work toward eradicating polio). Rotary was founded in 1905 by four professionals who met weekly for lunch to plan community improvements. Today’s Rotarians have expanded their reach by including meetings for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and also by working with satellite clubs, with the high school and college adjuncts (Interact and Rotaract), and with online e-clubs.

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Rotary Club Locator:
Highland (NY) Rotary Club:
Millbrook Rotary Club:
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club:
Red Hook Rotary Club:

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