Teaching Adults to Read (Aired July 11, 2021)

Laura Lane, the Adult Literacy Connector for Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County, visits RadioRotary to describe the programs treating functional illiteracy in adults that are available from the volunteers of Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley. Functional illiteracy is more than just inability to read words- literacy is the ability to understand, evaluate, use, and engage with written texts in ways enabling a person to participate in society, achieve that person’s goals, and develop his or her knowledge and potential. It includes the skills needed to fill out forms and read instructions, not just to read or write and understand a sentence. The services of Literary Connections are free; the organization is supported by donations from individuals, foundations, and government agencies.  Listen to the program to learn about Ms. Lane’s own remarkable story as well as about the many services available to improve reading and writing.

Learn More:
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiteracyConnections
Adult Literacy Programs: http://www.literacyconnections.org/programs-services/adult-literacy/
Resources for Literacy Connections: http://www.literacyconnections.com/
Functional Illiteracy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5102880/

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July 15, 2021 · Posted in Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy, Service Organizations  

ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley (Aired on June 20, 2021)

Joan Glase, Director of Public Relations and Foundation at The ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley, visits RadioRotary to describe the work ARC does for its 2,000-some clients in Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties. ARC furnishes group homes for 3 to 9 individuals and provides day programs for those individuals and for many who live with their families. Direct Support Professionals not only provide therapy but also help with employment or other concerns. The goal of ARC is to enable people of all abilities to become productive members of society. In addition to the homes and services to individuals living with their families, ARC has two clinics and both a pre-school and a K-12 school. The clinics offer several types of therapy, dental services, podiatry, and medical evaluation. ARC is a nonprofit primarily funded by government, but many services are enhanced by the ARC Foundation, which raises money through donations and events such at two golf tournaments each year.

Learn more:
The ARC, Greater Hudson Valley, NY: https://arcghvny.org/
The ARC, New York: https://www.thearcny.org/
The ARC (of the United States): https://thearc.org/
Educational Learning Experiences at ARC: https://elearc.org/
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals: https://nadsp.org/

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Carmel Rotary’s Basketball Challenge (Aired on April 18, 2021)

Carmel Rotary Club President-Elect Kathleen Valletta and Carmel Rotary Jessica Vanacoro visit RadioRotary to tell about their club’s fundraiser for local charities. The Basketball Challenge. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the location, so that the contest will be outdoors (in the Carmel Shoprite parking lot), in other respects the event will continue as it has for the past fourteen years.  Teams support their chosen local charities—a basket by a team member means a small contribution, although those contributions add up (foxed donations also accepted). Ninety percent of the money raised by the team through pledges goes to the specified charity with the remainder, as well as donations from event sponsors, go to the Carmel Club, who will use it also to fund good works. It is a win-win situation and a win-win program.

Learn more:
Carmel Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2208
Carmel Rotary Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carmelrotaryclubny
Basketball Challenge Sign-Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44aaa722abfd0-carmel
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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Food Bank of the Hudson Valley (Aired on December 27, 2020)

RadioRotary cohosts discuss the work of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley with its new director, Sara Gunn. Part of the Food Banks of the Northeast, the Hudson Valley organization normally provides 16 million tons of food each year to local food pantries, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, and similar organizations throughout the five-counties of the mid-Hudson valley—but because of the pandemic and its related job losses, the Food Bank distributed 22 million tons of food during 2020. The food, stored in a giant warehouse in Cornwell-on-Hudson, NY, comes from donations by local farms and supermarkets or is purchased with funds from community cash donations or a new source of funding from the state called Nourish New York. Learn how you can be a part of filling this basic need by going to the Food Bank website and contributing to the Holiday Hunger Appeal or to an organization such as Feeding America. Or volunteer to help the Food Bank or your local Food Pantry.

Learn more:
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley: https://foodbankofhudsonvalley.org/
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York: https://regionalfoodbank.net/
Hunger in the United States: https://frac.org/hunger-poverty-america
Feeding America: https://www.feedingamerica.org/

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January 3, 2021 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

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