Rtn. Mike Polasek Talks About The Dangers Of Opioids Addiction (Aired On January 20th & 21st, 2018)

Opioid Abuse Awareness and Prevention (Aired on January 20th & 21st, 2018)

Mike Polasek (LaGrange) reports to the RadioRotary team about a major effort on the part of local Rotary Clubs (LaGrange, Millbrook, Fishkill) to obtain a grant from The Rotary Foundation to fund awareness and prevention programs in the Mid-Hudson Valley, although Mr. Polasek emphasizes that opioid addiction is a worldwide program that affects all ages and all classes. Opioid abuse often starts with an original prescription for pain relief from an injury or surgical procedure, but the drug becomes a necessity for the person addicted, a
person who then may seek out street drugs to replace the prescription. The result is not only the misery of addiction but often overdose and death. The grant from The Rotary Foundation, focusing on adolescents 15 to 10 years old, would support awareness through social media and prevention by working with agencies already in the field, such as SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) and MARC (Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers, Inc.).
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The Rotary Foundation
Opiate Treatment Centers
Rotary Club of LaGrange
Rotary Club of Millbrook:
Fishkill Rotary Club

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January 29, 2018 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Help for Adult Developmentally Disabled (Aired on November 4 and 5, 2016)

Help for Adult Developmentally Disabled (Aired on November 4 and 5, 2016)

RadioRotary interviews Holly Gaiman, Development Coordinator at InFlight, Inc., which supplies residential facilities, including group homes and apartments, for people with developmental disabilities.  Its mission is to ensure the people it supports reach their highest level of independence and inclusion into the community while living in a home setting.  InFlight operates throughout much of the mid-Hudson region, providing not only a home but also vocational services, art and music programs, activities of many kinds, and even the Can Do Café in Catskill, where residents meet to prepare the food. The residents served must be 22 years old or older and may be on the autism spectrum, have been born intellectually disabled, or suffer from brain damage. InFlight is supported by New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

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NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities



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Dealing with Teenage Emotional Health (Aired on October 15 and 16, 2016)

Matthew Swerdloff and his wife Elisa Gold were devastated when their 15-year-old daughter Maya Gold unexpectedly committed suicide in 2015, but they determined that they would work to support and empower other teenagers. They formed the Maya Gold Foundation that helps teenagers access their inner wisdom and realize their dreams. Because one of Maya’s dreams was to help orphans in Nepal, the Foundation.

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Maya Gold Foundation

Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age

Teenage Suicide

Nepal Youth Foundation

Children and Mothers in Nepal


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October 17, 2016 · Posted in Health, Support Groups, Youth  

Feeding the Hudson Valley (Aired on October 1 and 2, 2016)

Feeding the Hudson Valley (Aired on October 1 and 2, 2016)

Margot Schulman, manager of The Lunch Box for Dutchess Outreach, and  Rich Schiafo, deputy executive director of the Hudson Valley Regional Council, tell RadioRotary about efforts to prevent food insecurity in the Hudson Valley, starting with an event at the Walkway Over the Hudson for which a number of local agencies are providing a free meal entirely made from “recused food.”  Rescued food may be food prepared for an event that was not utilized, food gleaned from farms after harvest, unserved restaurant food, or food removed from grocery shelves for one reason or another. Estimates are that 20% of food is wasted in the United States, while in Poughkeepsie more than half the students in elementary or high school are at a poverty level that makes them eligible for free lunches. Also in Poughkeepsie, The Lunch Box, which supplies free lunches and dinners, has many needy clients daily. Rescued healthy food can help the effort to reduce food insecurity.

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Dutchess Outreach

Hudson Valley Regional Council

The Lunch Box

Feeding the Hudson Valley

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Hunters Helping the Hungry

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October 3, 2016 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Support Groups  

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