Lt. Col. Carole Voissey of The Salvation Army (Aired on April 29th 2017 and April 30th 2017)

“Soup, Soap, and Salvation” (Aired on April 29 and 30, 2017)
Peekskill Rotarian Lt. Colonel Carole Voisey tells Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger the story of the Salvation Army, its activities, and her involvement with it, starting with 6 generations in the Church on her father’s side and five on her mother’s. In Peekskill, the Salvation Army runs a soup kitchen, a food pantry, and a children’s after-school homework help program, while different arm of the Salvation Army runs the thrift store selling donated goods whose sales fund residential centers for rehabilitating alcoholics and addicts. Together, the branches of the Salvation Army fulfill a slogan of General William Booth, who founded the Church in 1895: “Soup, Soap, and Salvation. Lt. Colonel Voisey also tells her fascinating personal
story, starting as a Cadet and helping train officers in the Salvation Army in Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe, and outlines plans for a “battle of the bells,” which will pit individuals and service organization in raising money at holiday time.
Learn more:
Peekskill Salvation Army:
Peekskill Rotary
The Salvation Army in the United States
The Salvation Army International

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Sparrows Nest (Aired On April 22nd and April 23rd, 2017)

Sparrow’s Nest is Growing Fast (Aired on April 22 and 23, 2017)
Krista Jones returns to RadioRotary with exciting news about developments at
Sparrow’s Nest, the charity that provides food to the families of persons who
have cancer. Ms. Jones started the charity in 2009 when a good friend was dying
of colon cancer, providing meals that Ms. Jones left at the doorstep; soon Ms.
Jones learned of four other friends with cancer and began to cook for them as
well. Seeing the need, she then formed Sparrow’s Nest with many volunteers
helping in the mission. Today Sparrow’s Nest has moved from Ms. Jones’
kitchen to a professional kitchen and office in commercial space, feeding about
500 families—not just moms–in Dutchess and nearby counties. Drivers bring
healthy food from the central kitchen in special coolers. Plans are underway to
expand even farther, doubling the area covered and the number of families fed.
Learn more:
Sparrow’s Nest
Sparrow’s Nest Facebook Page

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April 24, 2017 · Posted in Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Service Organizations, Volunteers ·  

Love Holds Life (Aired on April 15, 2017 and April 16, 2017)

Love Holds Life Children’s Cancer Foundation (Aired on April 15 and 16, 2017)

Richard Senato tells RadioRotary the inspiring story of Love Holds Life, a foundation whose mission is to pay all of the otherwise out-of-pocket expenses of  a family with a child fighting cancer, a project that is sponsored in part by Patterson Rotary. It began when Mr. Senato became inspired to help an eleven-year-old child in a Patterson family.  After covering over $73,000 in out-of-pocket expenses for his family, that child in now eighteen and cancer free. Since that start, Love Holds Life has helped finance cancer treatment for over twenty children, financed by donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and local organizations, including Rotary. Donors have a choice of supporting the Family Medical Fund, 100% of that money going to the affected families, or the Legacy Fund that supports the operating costs of the foundation—sponsors can choose to support both, also. Weekly community outreach programs are a primary means of reaching donors.

 

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Love Holds Life Foundation

Love Holds Life on Facebook

Childhood Cancers

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April 17, 2017 · Posted in Children, Health, Service Organizations ·  

Pleasant Valley Lions (Aired on April 8, 2017 & April 9, 2017)

Pleasant Valley Service Organization (Aired on April 8 and 9, 2017)
Service Clubs are all about community, partly because they are one of
the glues that hold communities together. This program features two of
the clubs that serve the community of Pleasant Valley, NY—The Lions
Club, represented by its current president, Mike Kessler , and Rotary,
represented by RadioRotary producer and Pleasant Valley Rotarian
Kathy Kruger. Both local clubs are also part of international
organizations with major programs such as elimination of river
blindness and polio, but they work mostly on improving their local
communities. Although most of the time the two organizations are
independent, they support several of the same causes, such as the
local food bank and scholarships for students from the local high
school.
Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Lions Club
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club
Lions Club International
Lions Club Locator
Rotary International
Rotary Club Club Locator

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