Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Helen Hoefer, director of community services at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, has announced that Amanda Johnson is currently serving an internship in the agency’s food pantry.
A native of Lavonia, NY, Johnson, who is a senior majoring in public justice at SUNY Oswego, is enjoying her work at Catholic Charities and acknowledges that the internship is proving to be a rewarding experience. “I am very thankful for the opportunity,” said Johnson. “One of my friends previously worked at Catholic Charities and a classmate told me that she was an intern there last year. When they told me about Catholic Charities and what it does for the community I knew it would be a perfect fit for me.”
Johnson is spending most of her time working in Catholic Charities food pantry where she assists with intakes and helps clients choose their food from the pantry. She also participates in events such as the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon, and the special events that Catholic Charities hosts for residents of the Fulton Mill Apartments.
“This is an excellent learning experience,” said Johnson. “I am discovering the many human services that are available in Oswego County and learning about the agencies that provide them. I enjoy helping people and find it very rewarding when I can help them access the services they need. This internship is allowing me to develop my people skills and gain valuable knowledge that I can draw upon in the future as I pursue a career in human services.”
Hoefer added that she is happy to have Johnson on her staff and praised the internship program at SUNY Oswego. “Amanda has been a wonderful addition to our staff. Her willingness to help others and her genuine concern for their well-being is commendable. We are fortunate to have mutually beneficial relationship with SUNY Oswego. We have had several interns from SUNY Oswego and it has been a productive experience for both of us,” said Hoefer.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need throughout Oswego County regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations. For more information, visit the agency’s website at: www.ccoswego.com