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Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY is a community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of the Capital Region.

Joseph’s House provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 1700 men, women and children yearly. Central to Joseph’s House mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness. The staff works to build relationships based on each guest’s & tenant’s strengths and capacities. Treating each person with dignity & respect, and promoting self-determination empowers guests and tenants to make healthier choices.

So, with these unprecedented times, Joseph’s House is working to ensure they are prepared in the face of circumstances which are devastating to the most vulnerable community members. We speak with Executive Director Kevin O'Connor.

Given unprecedented times, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is working to ensure that our local food pantries are prepared in the face of circumstances which are devastating to the most vulnerable community members.

Schools are closing down, hourly and low wage workers are losing income, businesses are hurting, and seniors are isolated. Local food pantries able to help. 

Natasha Pernicka is the Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District. 

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we are joined by Eileen Spath, the Communications Manager at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany – she will tell us about the organization's work and outreach and its new initiative, CC MOVE.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private, social service agencies in the region, helping more than 89,000 people each year in the fourteen counties of the Albany Diocese. Their mission is to address basic human need at all stages of life regardless of race, religious belief, ethnicity, or lifestyle.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This week we are joined by Mary Partridge-Brown and Roberta Sandler, Co-Directors of Grassroot Givers. The Capital District organization is comprised of two main programs: the Clothing and Home Essentials Program and the Book Project, and supports individuals, agencies, schools and nonprofit programs.

    Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This week, we learn about Schenectady Community Ministries (Schenectady Inner City Ministry [SiCM]), founded in 1967, SiCM runs food pantries, offers free lunch programs, and provides other services to support the community.

We are joined by outgoing Executive Director Rev. Phil Grigsby and Director of the Summer Meals program and Acting Executive Director Jo-Anne Rafalik. 

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is partnering with YWCA of the Greater Capital Region for their 5th Annual “Brava!”, a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women and girls that live at YWCA-GCR and those in need in the Greater Capital Region at no cost. 

The event will feature writers from around the region and beyond who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject from many viewpoints and range from poignant to hilarious. 

New this year: BraVa! The Book: Stories that Celebrate Something Close to Our Hearts, a compilation of pieces performed at BraVa! 2015 - 2018. To tell us more we welcome BraVa founder Marion Roach and Starletta Smith, acting director of the YWCA-GCR.

Book cover for River of Fire and author photo of Sister Helen Prejean
Author photo by Michael Lionstar

Sister Helen Prejean is considered one of the nation’s foremost leaders in efforts to abolish the death penalty.

In her new book, "River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey," she shares the story of her growth as a spiritual leader, speaks out about the challenges of the Catholic Church, and shows that joy and religion are not mutually exclusive.

Founded in September 2014, the Berkshire Community Diaper Project collects diaper donations and monetary donations for the purchase of diapers for families in need throughout Berkshire County.

This morning we discuss CHAIR-ity, a unique initiative involving local high schools, artists, and craftsmen featuring Adirondack Chairs, designed and painted by a variety of Berkshire residents, to be sold via a silent auction on Memorial Day at the First Congregational Church in Lee, Massachusetts - with an online auction to follow for unsold pieces.

To find out more we welcome Marie Rudden, Founder and Board Chair of the Berkshire Community Diaper Project.

Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter, Inc. is a Troy community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of Rensselaer County, New York. Joseph’s House offers emergency shelter, street outreach, and support services to homeless and formerly homeless individuals, youth, and families.

They offer non-judgmental services where each guest’s dignity and worth are recognized and respected.

We are joined by Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we talk with Natasha Pernicka Executive Director of the Food Pantries for the Capital District.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Tattoos may be more popular in America than ever. Television shows and YouTube channels showcasing tattooing attract millions of viewers. A Pew Research Center survey found that 40 percent of Millennials have been inked. But choosing a design for a permanent image on your skin, especially for a first tattoo, can be daunting. A recent trend in tattoo culture is “Get What You Get”– where, typically for a discount, those who dare can receive a randomly chosen tattoo design.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on one local shop that is putting a new spin on one of the hottest trends in tattooing.

This morning we learn about the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Over the years, hundreds of donors have come to the Community Foundation to facilitate their charitable giving. Some support many different charities, and want to streamline their giving through a single fund.

Others want to set up scholarships or endow funds to support their favorite organizations in the future. Some donors come to the Foundation with broader goals. They may want to support a particular area of need - the arts or healthcare, for example - or they may have the simple desire to support the community as a whole.

Joining us this morning, we welcome president & CEO, John Eberle, Communications Director Siobhan Kent, and Executive Vice President and head of grant-making, Jackie Mahoney.

  The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation partnered with WAMC in the 2018 Winter Fund Drive to donate support to Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY. 

Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor, joins us.

The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation partnered with WAMC during the 2018 Winter Fund Drive to donate diapers to families in need through the The Food Pantries for the Capital District.

To tell us more, we welcome the Executive Director of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Natasha Pernicka.

Mountain One Bank Community Dividend Program partnered with WAMC during our Winter 2018 Fund Drive to help Berkshire Food Project.

Dick Alcombright, Mountain One Community Dividend Program VP of Local Business and Customer Relations and Kim McMann, Executive Director of Berkshire Food Project join us.

There was a recording mishap with this live interview. It begins with Kim McMann describing how Berkshire Food Project started.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of - and fosters collaboration between - not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we speak with Rev. Donna Elia, Executive Director of Troy Area United Ministries about their many programs including the Furniture Program, Troy Damien Center, Computers for Kids, Rev. DR. Martin Luther King Events and Scholarships, Campus Ministry at Sage, Holiday Adopt a Family and CROP Hunger Walk.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we’ll learn about Unity House and its partnerships with Capital Roots and Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO). We are joined by Mandy Brown, Special Events Coordinator at Unity House; Amy Halloran, Food Justice Case manager at Unity House; Will Malcolm, Food Access Manager at Capital Roots; Renata Gwozdz, Community Service Manager at CEO.

  Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial FoundationProviding a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on Butterfly Wings – an organization that provides non-food resources to families during times of financial insecurity. Christine J. Baxter, Director of Community Development, joins us.

By 2025, Americans will likely be donating over half a trillion dollars annually to nonprofit organizations. Those philanthropic gifts will transform significant parts of America's civic sector landscape.

Philanthropy is entering an era of unprecedented growth and innovation. Established foundations such as Ford and Rockefeller are doubling down on programs tackling long-simmering problems, including global inequality, less-than-stellar education, and uneven access to health care. Many foundations are engaging in advocacy on controversial issues, exploring venture philanthropy solutions, and experimenting with impact investing. And philanthropists such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, New York's high-profile financiers, and Silicon Valley's billionaires are planning to put their wealth to work as never before: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan recently pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares during their lifetimes, and nearly 150 others have signed the Giving Pledge to increase dramatically their "giving while living."

In Putting Wealth to Work, Joel L. Fleishman provides expert analysis of contemporary philanthropy, offering invaluable insight for those engaging with and affected by charitable foundations. This is the fascinating and definitive account of philanthropy today, and an indispensable guide to understanding its inner workings, impact, and expansive potential.

On November 3rd, The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and The Arts Center of the Capital Region will present the 3rd Annual BraVa! Fundraiser. The event will showcase local artists reading poems, songs, monologues and essays on the topic of bras in their lives. Last year’s event featured twelve talented writers from around the Capital Region whose pieces touched on the subject of bras from many viewpoints which ranged from the poignant to the hilarious. More than 500 bras were collected last year and were provided to those in need at the YWCA and throughout the greater capital region.

BraVa! was founded by author, editor and educator, Marian Roach Smith. She joins us today along with Daquetta Jones, the executive director of the YWCA

Erin McKeown
Joanna Chattman


  On September 9th, singer-songwriter, sportsfan, writer, and music producer Erin McKeown is playing at Signature Sounds’ The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA on September 9th with Orchestral synth-rock band, The Cabin Project.

 

Prior to that, on September 4th, McKeown will present her 8th Cabin Fever live-streamed house concert -- for which she and The Cabin Project will play her two recent EPs, Mirrors Break Back and According to Us. The episode is free - donations will be distributed to Houston Food Bank, Black Girls Code, and Border Angels.

For Goodness Bake is an annual Beacon bake sale dedicated to raising funds and awareness for charitable organizations within the Hudson Valley. Now in its fifth year, For Goodness Bake has previously raised thousanda for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Green Teen Beacon and the Kids R Kids Feeding Program.

Taking place from 10:00 - 4:00 PM on August 5 at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, this year’s For Goodness Bake will be raising funds and awareness for the Beacon Rec After School Program Tuition Assistance Fund, a new educational presence in the community.

We are joined by: Kristen Pratt and Tara Tornello, co-founders of For Goodness Bake, and Nate Smith, Assistant Director of Beacon Rec Dept and Head of Beacon After School program.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on: The People's Place is a thrift store and food pantry located in Kingston NY. Founded in 1972, their mission is to feed, clothe and respond to the essential needs of the people in Ulster County with kindness, compassion and the preservation of human dignity.

We are joined by Tim Hurley, Board President and Christine Hein, Executive Director.

Bestselling author Anne Lamott’s work looks to help guide us through the confusion of the world, the complexities of our own hearts, and the complications of understanding relationships with others – children, partners, friends, neighbors, the stranger at the clothing store.

Her latest is: Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. 

  Our Falling Into Place series spotlights the important work of -- and fosters collaboration between -- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we learn about Grassroot Givers. Their mission is to make a connection between the needs in the community and those with resources to share. We are joined by Founder and Co-Director Roberta Sandler and Co-Director Mary Partridge-Brown. 

A record number 16-teams consisting of more than 300 professionals from local architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as design students, built massive structures made entirely out of canned goods at the New York State Museum on last night.

Now, this year’s Canstruction “Go Team” themed program at the New York State Museum benefiting The Food Pantries for the Capital District is underway. This year’s participants have been challenged to collect 105,000 pounds of food in addition to a monetary donation to support local food pantries.

The seventh annual Capital Region Canstruction is open to the public today through Wednesday, March 22,  2017 at the New York State Museum. To tell us more we welcome Canstruction President Sara Stein, Jill Shorter – Vice President of teaming and Natasha Pernicka – Executive Director of the Food Pantries fore the Capital District.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Our guest today is Mark Quandt, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham. 

An annual marathon dance in South Glens Falls has set a new record.

The 40th South High Marathon Dance raised $823,614.92 over a 28-hour period this weekend, breaking last-year’s record-setting total. Last year the event raised more than $762,000.

Chuck Collins grew up in the 1 percent as the great grandson of meatpacker Oscar Mayer, but at age 26 he gave away his inheritance.

He has been working to reduce inequality and strengthen communities since 1982. His new book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in Albany joins us to discuss their mission to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.

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