Miles of Hope Aids Cancer Victims (Aired on September 28 and 29, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Pari Farood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, an
organization that provides aid and comfort to breast-cancer sufferers throughout
the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. Miles of Hope was founded in 2004 by
Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok who had already devoted themselves to raising
money for the fight against breast cancer but recognized that there needed to be
a more local organization. The name originates with the annual fall Breast
Cancer Walk at James Baird State Park in Dutchess Country, but there are
additional fundraising events throughout the year. With the money it raises, Miles
of Hope provides many services to improve the lives of persons with breast cancer ranging from help paying bills and for associated medical services to
college scholarships for students whose lives have been affected by the breast
cancer of a relative or friend. An important service is the peer-to-peer hotline
(800-532-4290) where those affected by breast cancer can exchange information
on how to deal with the problems that arise.

Learn more:
Miles of Hope: https://milesofhope.org/
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County: https://www.dutchesscap.org/
New York State Breast Cancer Services: https://www.ny.gov/new-york-state-breast-cancer-programs/new-york-state-breast-cancer-services
Breast Cancer: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/AboutBreastCancer.html

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Financial Aid, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Narcan Training in Dutchess Country (Aired on April 27 and 28, 2019)

RadioRotary hosts Beth Alter, Director of Behavioral Health Diversion Services
for Dutchess Country, who has been a part of the county government for over 30
year in substance abuse and mental health services. Her topics on this program
are the life-saving medicine Narcan, the County HELPLINE, the Mobile Crisis
Intervention Team, and the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in
Poughkeepsie. Her team offers training in the use of Narcan to reverse an opioid
overdose, which they will bring to any location in the country or provide to visitors
at the Stabilization Center. All the services mentioned here can be reached via
the HELPLINE, calling or texting to 845-485-9700. Narcan is an easy-to-
administer nasal spray that instantly blocks opioid action, although more than
one dose may be needed to reverse the drug in some cases. Ms. Alter makes a
good case why everyone from boy and girl scouts to Rotarians should learn to
use Narcan and have the drug handy for when needed (there is no effect if it is
not needed).

Learn more:
24/7 Crisis Services in Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/24-7-Services.htm
Dutchess Behavioral and Community Health: https://www.dutchessny.gov/departments/DBCH/dbch.htm
Narcan: https://www.narcan.com/
Opioid Epidemic in Dutchess Country: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Fight-Against-Opioid-Epidemic.htm

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May 8, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Dutchess County, Health, Support Groups  

Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (Aired on April 20 and 21, 2019)

Andrew O’Grady, CEO of Mental Health American Dutchess County (MHA) and
Executive Director of the Med-Hudson Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) returns to
the RadioRotary microphones to tell more about those two organizations and
also to help promote fundraising for MARC and for addiction/alcoholism
prevention and recovery through the MARC Foundation. With about 200
employees, MHA and MARC make a significant impact on problems that affect
about 1 in 7 of residents of the Mid-Hudson Region. The organizations, primarily
funded by New York State, are unique in not requiring insurance for their
services, which include many community mental-health caseworkers, family
therapy, and a veterans program (MHA) as well has a crisis center for short-term
addiction/alcoholism recovery, three half-way houses for longer-term residence,
and more than 30 sober apartments throughout Poughkeepsie. The MARC
Foundation, which raises money with an annual luncheon, a golf tournament, and
appeals to donors, primarily provides supplemental funding for MARC, but also
assists prevention and recovery efforts throughout the region.

Learn more:
Mental Health America Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Facebook Page for Mental Health America: https://www.facebook.com/MHADutchess/
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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April 28, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Housing Assistance, Support Groups  

Empowering Youth’s Inner Wisdom (Aired on March 16 and 17, 2019)

Mathew Swerdloff and his wife Elise Gold return to RadioRotary to tell about
the many activities and events that the Maya Gold Foundation has been
sponsoring in the past couple of years and into the future. They created the
Maya Gold Foundation in honor of their daughter Maya who committed suicide at
the age of 15, but the Foundation is not primarily involved with suicide
prevention. Instead, they work with youth to help them access their inner wisdom
and realize their dreams—suicide prevention is a side-effect. Because Maya had
become involved in efforts to stop human trafficking in Nepal, the Foundation has
developed a close relation with groups in Nepal, including the Kathmandu Rotary
Clubs. Both youth and adult trips to Nepal work with Nepalese nonprofit
organizations that support youth. Back in the Hudson Valley, the foundation
sponsors empowering events of all kinds, including film screenings, live theater,
improvisations, and panel discussions in various locations. The Foundation also
offers grants and scholarships.

Learn more:
Maya Gold Foundation: http://www.mayagoldfoundation.org/
Kathmandu Rotary Clubs: http://www.rckne.org/ &
https://rotarymidtown.org.np/ & http://therotarynepal.org/78-therotarynepal/88-welcome-to-rotary-club-of-kathmandu-north
Maya Gold Foundation on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSCIiksR99BV8WceGRNbvg

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March 26, 2019 · Posted in Education, Events, International Programs, Support Groups, Youth  

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