The 150th Anniversary of Dutchess SPCA (Aired on March 14, 2021)

Executive Director Lynne Meloccaro of the Dutchess County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) visits RadioRotary via Zoom tocommemorate the 150 th anniversary of the organization, thought to be the 2 nd-oldest SPCA organization in the United States, formed in 1871, just 5 years aftethe first in the US, the New York SPCA. Like all SPCA organizations, it is a nonprofit that arranges to have stray animals, mostly cats and dogs, adopted by families. In a new program for Dutchess SPCA, the animals may be placed in foster homes instead of being kept at a central location. Although best known for dealing with strayed animals, Dutchess SPCA also has arrangements with many of the towns in the country to be the animal-control officers for the town. There is much more presented in this hour concerning the good works of Dutchess SPCA.

Learn more:
Dutchess County SPCA: https://dcspca.org/
Dutchess SPCA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DCSPCA
Animal-Control Officers: https://thebark.com/content/job-what-do-animal-control-officers-really-do
Trap-Neuter-Return Feral Cats: https://www.alleycat.org/resources/why-trap-neuter-return-feral-cats-the-case-for-tnr/

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March 19, 2021 · Posted in Animals, Dutchess County, Service Organizations  

Cara Mia and Hope on a Mission (Aired on March 7, 2021)

Cara Mia Bacchiochi, recently featured on NBC’s Today Show, returns to RadioRotary to describe new efforts in her continuing ministry to Poughkeepsiewomen (and men) who are homeless and addicted to drugs or alcohol. For 5½ years she has been at the corner of Main and South Clinton every Saturday morning and evening, sometimes in rain or snow, with the street ministry Hope on a Mission (HOAM). Bacchiochi and volunteers, many from local Rotary clubs, distribute food, clothing, and personal care items, restoring dignity to the homeless and addicted. Now, starting in March 2021, Hope on a Mission is adding a Tuesday night dinner in front of 690 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, a couple of blocks east of the Saturday night event, which also continues. Ms. Bacchiochi has “street cred” herself from life on the street in the 1980s. Periods of sobriety were interrupted by relapses until found herself in 2013 in the same jail cell she had occupied in 1990. While there, she recognized that her purpose in life is to help women with lives like hers. After she was released from jail that last time, she started Hope on a Mission. Check out the website which has opportunities to volunteer or donate—and if you have not seen it before, watch The Today Show interview.

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission Website: https://www.hopeonamission.org/
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hoampk/
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carabacci
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on The Today Show: https://www.today.com/video/how-1-woman-in-recovery-found-her-mission-to-support-others-100460613922

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COVID-19 Facts from Health Commissioner (Aired on February 7, 2021)

Dr. Anil K. Vaidian, Dutchess Country Commissioner of Behavioral and Community Health visits RadioRotary to present the latest information about COVID-19 and the vaccines that prevent it. COVID-19 is the disease caused by a brand-new virus, SARS-CoV-2, so our immune systems are not prepared to deal with it. It is very infectious, so once it began to spread from human to human, a worldwide pandemic occurred. One of the main ways to slow the spread of the disease is to wear a mask with at least two layers of protection whenever you are indoors with other persons. The spread will be stopped when about 80 percent of the population has been vaccinated against the disease. Dr. Vaidian provides on the program detailed advice about both mask wearing and vaccines.

Learn more:
Dutchess County Behavioral and Community Health: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/dbch.htm
COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Vaccines: https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/development-approval-process-cber/vaccine-development-101
Herd Immunity: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/herd-immunity-and-coronavirus/art-20486808

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February 8, 2021 · Posted in Dutchess County, Health  

Housing for the Homeless and More (Aired on November 15, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews Christa Hines, Executive Director of Hudson River Housing, a vital service primarily in Dutchess County (but also with some facilities in Orange and Columbia counties). Hudson River Housing helps solve the housing problems of the Mid-Hudson with temporary, transitional, or permanent housing. As many as 100 individuals who are homeless can be served at the pods housing (formerly used by the Dutchess jail), while Hudson River Housing has a separate facility.

Learn more:
Hudson River Housing: https://hudsonriverhousing.org/
Mental Health Association of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Hope on a Mission:https://www.hopeonamission.org/
Homeless Situation, Dutchess County: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2020/01/23/dutchess-county-homeless-population-growing-amid-variety-factors/4482162002/

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November 20, 2020 · Posted in Dutchess County, Humanitarian Service  

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