Helping People Survive Disasters and Conflicts (Aired on August 22, 2021)

Montecito (CA) Rotarian Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox USA, joins Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger to talk about how the ShelterBox organization helps survivors of disasters and refugees from conflicts around the world. ShelterBox is a program that provides disaster or conflict relief based on a specially designed tent that can hold an entire family and also the tools, food,
solar lighting, cookware, and water filtration needed to support that family for up to half a year—including toys for children. The traditional ShelterBoxes resemble trunk-sized Tupperware boxes that contain everything needed for a family, but sometimes a tent is not the answer, so ShelterBox also provides as needed ShelterKits with tools and supplies for rebuilding and restocking a damaged home or other specific materials such as SchoolBoxes to replace lost lessons. When ShelterBox was started by a group of British Rotarians in 2000 they expected to 8 to 10 families a year, but today more than 200,000 persons facing such disasters as tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, giant storms, and civil wars are being helped. Listen and learn much more.

Learn More:
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/
Stock the Box Campaign: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/stockthebox/
Rotary International and ShelterBox: https://www.rotary.org/en/shelterbox-and-rotary-help-disasters
Montecito Rotary Club: http://www.montecitorotary.org/

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Mental Health Workers Aid Police (Aired July 25, 2021)

Behavior specialist Linwood Burke and mental health intensive care manager Lashaveous Dicker, now both aiding police in dealing with situations where strong emotions or mental-health issue are involved, are the workers assigned by Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) to help handle these dicey calls. Mr. Dicker is on every call that Beacon Police make, while Mr. Burke
travels with the police detail when mental-health issues are involved, and he also holds community workshops with the police. The MHA staff are in civilian clothes with a vest identifying them as mental-health auxiliaries so that people nervous about the police can relax. The program has been deemed a success, with the MHA staff able to get a troubled perpetrator to drop his knife and to persuade reluctant mentally ill to go to the hospital. Burke and Dicker are trained in techniques to help de-escalate conflicts.

Learn more:
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Poughkeepsie Police Add Mental Health Worker: https://midhudsonnews.com/2020/08/27/poughkeepsie-police-add-mental-health-worker/
Beacon Police Add Mental Health Worker: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2021/04/05/beacon-adds-mental-health-specialist-police-department/7084167002/
City of Poughkeepsie Police Department: https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/
Beacon, NY, Police Department: https://www.beaconny.gov/index.php/departments/police/

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Phoenix: The Pleasant Valley Library (Aired July 18, 2021)

A Phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor according to legend, but the Pleasant Valley Free Library is doing the same in reality. Pleasant Valley Rotarian Dave Kruger, the current vice-president of the library board, returns to RadioRotary to provide the exciting details. Since a fire destroyed the interior of the library in 2018, operations have continued in a former supermarket donated rent-free to the library by Herb Redl Properties. Meanwhile, the Board has raised nearly $3 million to create a new building at the old site, keeping the still standing outer walls and adding new space on the ground floor to make a handicapped-accessible one-story library space from the former two-story 19th-century structure. The patron-and-staff usable portion of the building will be double the size of the previous structure—the old 2 nd floor will now be devoted to mechanical support. It is anticipated that the new building will be open early in 2022. The RadioRotary program also includes information about the small-but-mighty Pleasant Valley Rotary Club.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Free Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Pleasant Valley (NY) Rotary Club: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Pleasant Valley Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PleasantValleyRotary.7210/
Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePVLibrary/

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Teaching Adults to Read (Aired July 11, 2021)

Laura Lane, the Adult Literacy Connector for Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County, visits RadioRotary to describe the programs treating functional illiteracy in adults that are available from the volunteers of Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley. Functional illiteracy is more than just inability to read words- literacy is the ability to understand, evaluate, use, and engage with written texts in ways enabling a person to participate in society, achieve that person’s goals, and develop his or her knowledge and potential. It includes the skills needed to fill out forms and read instructions, not just to read or write and understand a sentence. The services of Literary Connections are free; the organization is supported by donations from individuals, foundations, and government agencies.  Listen to the program to learn about Ms. Lane’s own remarkable story as well as about the many services available to improve reading and writing.

Learn More:
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiteracyConnections
Adult Literacy Programs: http://www.literacyconnections.org/programs-services/adult-literacy/
Resources for Literacy Connections: http://www.literacyconnections.com/
Functional Illiteracy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5102880/

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July 15, 2021 · Posted in Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy, Service Organizations  

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