For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


Rochester, New York (April 12, 2007) – WXXI Reachout Radio, a 24-hour reading radio service for people who are print-handicapped, received a $2,000 grant from the Gilbert Spirit Fund of the First Unitarian Church to purchase and install commercial sub carrier receiver units to area senior living facilities. The grant will enable WXXI to provide Reachout Radio's service to seven new facilities – serving all of the residents who may benefit from the service with just one unit. The sub carrier receiver units will also free up individual receivers used from these facilities so that the radios can be reassigned to new applicants.

The Gilbert Spirit Fund is a memorial to long-time minister of First Unitarian Church, Reverend Richard Gilbert, and his wife Joyce, who is a dedicated Reachout Radio reader. WXXI Reachout Radio is provided in partnership with ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester. The radio reading service provides 24-hour per day readings of local and national newspapers, magazines, and other print information for people who are print-handicapped. Eligible print-handicapped individuals include those with visual impairment or blindness, those who have a physical disability, which prohibits the holding of printed material, or one with a learning disability such as dyslexia. WXXI Reachout Radio is closed-circuit and is accessible through a specially tuned radio which is provided free of charge to eligible applicants. The service is also made available for people who are temporarily disabled due to surgery or accident. Reachout Radio is one of more than 120 radio-reading services available through the United States that are members of the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS).

First Unitarian Church, located at 220 Winton Road South, established the Gilbert Spirit Fund to honor 32 years of service by Reverend Gilbert and Joyce. The fund was chartered in December 2001 and lends support to programs or projects that reflect the special interests of Richard and/or Joyce Gilbert, giving preference to fresh ventures and new initiatives with existing endeavors, and with the Unitarian Universalist values.


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