The Box of Hope (Aired on April 25, 2021)

Rachel Sawner and Tracy Keck of the First Presbyterian Crunch in Pleasant Valley visit RadioRotary to tell the story of the church’s Box of Hope, available 24/7 for anyone who needs it. The solar powered wooden Box with a tin roof, which Rachel built, contains donated personal care and hygiene products, first- aid kits, bottled water, and even pet food, all free for the taking by anyone. Donations to The Box can be made through the Church or by collection sites at the Pleasant Valley Free Library and at Innate Chiropractic of Wappingers Falls. The items are primarily those not available through SNAP (food-stamp program) or with EBT Cards from NYS. The Box is accessible outside the Church every day all day and night. It supplements the items available from local Food Pantries.

Learn more:
First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley: http://www.pvpresby.com/
First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PVPresbyterian
Innate Chiropractic of Wappingers Falls: https://www.goinnate.com/wappingers-falls-ny-chiropractor/
Pleasant Valley Free Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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April 25, 2021 · Posted in Humanitarian Service, Quality of Life  

Newburgh Rotary Honors Women (Aired on March 21, 2021)

RadioRotary brings to the air two members of the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club, President Elect, Arlette Murrain, and President Andrew Ciccone; they tell listeners about their club’s exciting awards program on March 31, 2021,which will celebrate International Women’s Day and International Women’s History Month. Members of the Newburgh and Orange County communities will be honored for community service, contributions to education and health care, and other humanitarian service.  At the same ceremony five who made significant community contributions in the past will be commemorated. Among the honorees from the past will be Bunny Webb, who was the first woman president of Rotary District 7210. The honorees active today include Hyun Chin Kim, Orange County Judge, Karen Mejia, Newburgh Councilwoman, Joan Cusack-McGuirk, CEO Montefiore St Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Mary McTamaney, Newburgh Historian, and Ruth Smith, Community Service. To join the awards program go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88054413758?pwd=RlhiY3lUcGgrQXdvNFRqcm5hR2hJdz09.

Learn more:
Greater Newburgh Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2235
Greater Newburgh Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterNewburghRotary/
Women’s History Month: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2021/womens-history-month.html
International Women’s Day: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day

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March 22, 2021 · Posted in Events, Humanitarian Service, Rotary Club Projects, Women  

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  

Dutchess Annual Winter Coat Drive (Aired on November 8, 2020)

Ever since 1993, Dutchess Outreach has provided free coats and other warm clothing at the start of winter for those in need in Dutchess County. Starting at the beginning of October and continuing into November, coats are donated at sites all over the country—all Guardian Self Storage, Red Cap Cleaners, and Rhinebeck Bank locations. Recently the coat drive has been augmented with help from Rotary clubs. Pleasant Valley Rotary has sponsored part of the coat drive for several years and for the past two years the Millbrook Rotary Club has joined the efforts. The Rotary portion of the coat drive has included a day of distribution in Pleasant Valley Town Hall, but when that became unavailable because of Covid-19, the Pleasant Valley Free Library provided a new location.  In addition to winter coats and jackets, the Rotary clubs also collect scarves, gloves, and hats. With distribution at several sites around the country—even in the days of the coronavirus restrictions—as many as 6,000 items are provided free to those who will benefit from the help.

Learn more:
Dutchess Outreach: http://dutchessoutreach.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary: https://www.rotarydistrict7210.org/clubInfo/pleasant-valley
Millbrook Rotary: https://millbrookrotary.org/
Pleasant Valley Free Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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

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