The MARC Foundation, Funding Awareness & Recovery (Aired on March 13, 2022)

        

Mike Carber of the MARC Foundation Board of Directors visits Radio Rotary to describe some of the programs funded by the Foundation and to announce some of its fundraising events. The main focus of the MARC Foundation in the spring of 2022 is a new Overdose Awareness Garden, developed in partnership with Mental Health America of Dutchess County, Gold’s Gym (LaGrange), and
Dutchess County. The Garden, which opens on June 9, is a treelined memorial along the Dutchess Rail Trail that allows persons commemorating a person who has died as a result of substance misuse to place a memorial lock on a chain-link fence. Also, anyone can purchase an inscribed brick that will be used for the plaza. Signs and QR codes in a Kiosk direct the visitor to various sources of help for substance use disorder. On May 12, a luncheon at Chambord in Hopewell Junction will honor the person who inspired the Overdose Awareness Garden as well as raise money for the several different programs funded by the MARC Foundation.

Learn More:
MARC Foundation: http://www.marc-foundation.org/
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Dutchess County Substance Misuse Prevention and Treatment: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Breaking-Through.htm
Dutchess Rail Trail: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Parks/Dutchess-Rail-Trail.htm

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Family Services and the Family Partnership (Aired on August 29, 2021)

Brian Doyle, CEO for Family Services, describes for RadioRotary listeners the enormous scope of his organization, which operates in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. He emphasizes the Behavioral Health Centers in several locations, which promote mental health, and the Center for Victim Safety and Support, which provides 24-hour non-residential, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, scams, and other crimes. The Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie, a centerpiece of Family Services, collaborates with some 20 organizations for humanitarian services based largely in a 100-year-old building in downtown Poughkeepsie. All Family Partnership services (except the Behavioral Health Centers) are free. The Partnership Center is very excited that they are adding a branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library in the building. Because of the building’s age, the Family Partnership is about to undergo considerable repairs and remodeling, including a new roof and new front entrance.

Learn More:
Family Services: http://www.familyservicesny.org/
Family Services Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyServicesHV
Poughkeepsie Public Library District: https://poklib.org/
The Lunch Box: https://dutchessoutreach.org/the-lunch-box/

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Roger’s Run for AMC (Aired on June 6, 2021)

Lisa Loughran, whose son Roger was born with the rare joint-and-muscle disease AMC (arthrogryposis multiplex congenita), visits RadioRotary to tell about the annual event for raising awareness and funds, Roger’s Run. When Roger was born in 2010, he displayed the form of AMC in which the joints are “frozen” in a way that all the limbs are completely extended. The condition, which
also causes muscles to atrophy, was diagnosed before birth, leading Mrs. Loughran to seek out the AMC Support Group, which has helped immensely. Local doctors learned more about the disease and have gone beyond ordinary duties as Roger has gone through numerous surgeries. Despite the problems. Roger is active in Red Hook school and sports, inspiring the Red Hook Community. Roger’s Run includes several levels of both virtual and physical runs or just an opportunity to donate to an excellent cause.

Learn more:
Roger’s Run: https://www.rogersrun4amc.com/
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC): https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/777/arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita Support Group, Inc.: https://www.amcsupport.org/

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June 9, 2021 · Posted in Children, Events, Support Groups  

Enhancing Poughkeepsie’s Schools (Aired on April 11, 2021)

Angela Henry,

Radio Rotary Co-Host Jonah Triebwasser and Produces Kathy Kruger chat with Angela Henry, the new Executive Director of the Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation (PPSF). PPSF was founded in 2008 to put musical instruments in the hands of students who could not afford to rent them. Over the years the Foundation has raised and distributed over $40,000 for projects as diverse as museum field trips, the creation of school gardens, and college scholarships. In 2021, PPSF hired Ms. Henry, a local educational and nonprofit consultant, as its first paid Executive Director. She is in the process of expanding the programs of PPSF, including the Saturday Morning Lights program for younger students, which brings local talent to introduce learning as varied as yoga and urban engineering (learning about urban streets). PPSF is a nonprofit that raises the money that makes these programs possible. On May 20, 2021, the gala fundraiser feature professional and student performers will be online.

Learn more:
Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation: http://ppsfonline.org/
Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PoughkeepsiePublicSchoolsFoundation
Poughkeepsie City School District: https://www.poughkeepsieschools.org/

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April 14, 2021 · Posted in Education, Events, Support Groups  

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