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In RadioRotary’s weekly 30 minute interviews, two entertaining professional radio hosts, Sarah O’Connell and Jonah Triebwasser, chat with Rotarians and non-Rotarians, people who live by Rotary’s motto, “Service above Self.” Guests are humanitarians who work on many levels in programs that address su… read more

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Alleviating Poverty and Helping Education and Seniors (Aired on July 6 and 7, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews “Mr. A,” also known as retired Red Hook math teacher Nick Ascienzo, founder of The Ascienzo Family Foundation, a unique resource for helping to alleviate poverty, provide educational services, and serve senior citizens. Many of Mr. Ascienzo’s former students have become Ambassadors for the Foundation, people who seek out local needs and write grant proposals so that the Foundation can support these good causes. Among the examples around the nation are Fresh Truck, a mobile farm market that brings produce to underserved neighborhoods; the Sunflower Bakery, which trains and employs the developmentally disabled in producing baked goods for sale in their store or online; and We Care Solar, a provider of solar-power on backpacks , enabling access to renewable electricity for people in developing regions. Although Mr. Ascienzo’s former students range over the world, the Foundation is based in Red Hook, NY, and many of its projects are local as well.  

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