Addiction Services at MHA Dutchess (Aired on December 19, 2021)

Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) is a wide-ranging nonprofit that deals with many parts of mental health and well-being. This RadioRotary interview with David Campanaro, Division Director of Addiction Services at MHA and Joseph Ventimiglia, Clinical Supervisor and Director of the Chemical Dependency Crisis Center, focuses on alcoholism and other addictions. The MHA Crisis Center is often the first stop for a person with a substance use disorder who is seeking help with recovery. After withdrawal at the Crisis Center, the addict stays for a few days (sometime longer) as the professionals there locate a suitable treatment program. Bolger House, Florence Manor, and Dowling House are community residences run by MHA where those with substance abuse disorder can experience long-term recovery. MHA also provides therapy as needed in their Sober Supported Housing apartments.

Learn more:
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/

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December 27, 2021 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Mental Health ·  

People’s Place of Ulster County (Aired on December 12, 2021)

Executive Director Christine Hein of People’s Place Thrift Store and Food Pantry (along with many other program) visits RadioRotary, detailing the 24 human service programs run by People’s Place in Ulster County. The heart of these programs are the food pantry, the thrift store, the Community Café, and the Wellness Empowerment Center, all in Kingston, NY (but serving anyone in need at no cost). The food pantry provides over a million meals a year. The Community Café serves a continental breakfast and lunch every weekday. The Wellness Empowerment Center has workshops and classes in everything from cooking to yoga and meditation. Although donations are always welcome, much of the income is from sales at the thrift store. The annual Project Santa
distributes toys, books, clothing, and snacks to children in need.

Learn more:
People’s Place: https://www.peoplesplace.org/
People’s Place Community Café: https://www.peoplesplacecafe.org/
People’s Place on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesPlaceUC/
Ulster County Food Pantries: https://www.ulstercorps.org/agencies/food-pantries/

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December 22, 2021 · Posted in Children, Education, Events, Nutrition, Service Organizations ·  

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

The story of Toys for Tots in the Hudson Valley is provided in this radio program by Mike Binns (Ulster County Coordinator), Marine sergeant Maryabelo Ganal, Marine Captain George Matthews, and PAMAL radio host Randy Turner (who is also part of the RadioRotary team). Toys for Tots was started in 1947 to provide toys for children in need—distributing 5,000 toys in that first year. Every holiday season since it has continued to be one of the great 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 toys and volunteers to provide cash for more and to help the local Marine Corps Reserve deliver the toys.

Learn More:
Hudson Valley Toys for Tots: https://hudson-valley.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3
Toys for Tots on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToysForTotsHudsonValley/
Marine Reserve Corps at Stewart Air Base: https://www.marforres.marines.mil/Major-Subordinate-Commands/4th-Marine-Aircraft-Wing/Marine-Aircraft-Group-49/ssstewart/
WBPM (92.9): https://www.929wbpm.com/
National Toys for Tots campaign: https://www.toysfortots.org/

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December 11, 2021 · Posted in Children, Hudson Valley, Service Organizations ·  

Clean Power for New York (Aired on November 28, 2021)

Clean-Power-Fellow Brynn Fuller-Becker visits RadioRotary from Brooklyn via Zoom to describe to work that New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYCP) is doing to make the state a leader in renewable energy. The state has a goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels, coal mainly but also natural gas, and replacing those energy sources with wind, solar, hydroelectric, and possibly nuclear power. Some more exotic power sources may also come on line, such as tidal or geothermal power. One of the necessities of this plan is to improve the grid used to distribute power around the state. In the effort to reach net-zero carbon, in addition to the power sources and a green frid, we need to use batteries better, including those in electric vehicles.

Learn more:
New Yorkers for Clean Power: https://nyforcleanpower.org/
New York State’s Energy Profile: https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=NY
Renewable Energy: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/renewable-energy-clean-facts
Global Climate Change: https://climate.nasa.gov/news/?page=0&per_page=40&order=publish_date+desc%2C+created_at+desc&search=&category=19%2C98

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December 5, 2021 · Posted in Environment, Health, Quality of Life ·  

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