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September 19, 2018

AmeriCorps Members Help Keep Infants In Need Warm


OSWEGO, NY – In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, AmeriCorps members met at the Leighton Elementary School recently to make fleece blankets for babies in need in Oswego County.

AmeriCorps members DawnDaLee Baker Doria, left, and Heather Donath work on some of the nearly three dozen fleece bankets that were donated to infants in need. Baker Doria and Donath both serve together at Palermo Elementary School providing fitness education and nutrition activities to the youth in order to combat the growing problem of childhood obesity in Oswego County. They also provide the students extra support in the classrooms.

AmeriCorps members DawnDaLee Baker Doria, left, and Heather Donath work on some of the nearly three dozen fleece bankets that were donated to infants in need. Baker Doria and Donath both serve together at Palermo Elementary School providing fitness education and nutrition activities to the youth in order to combat the growing problem of childhood obesity in Oswego County. They also provide the students extra support in the classrooms.

“For the previous couple of years, our group of AmeriCorps members has made infant fleece blankets and donated them to the families with infants in need who are referred to the County Health Department’s Maternal Child Health Program,” said Carrie Victory, Oswego County AmeriCorps. “The program provides home visits from public health nurses between doctors appointments. AmeriCorps members experience the tremendous reward that comes from helping others.”

More than 30 blankets were made by the group and other volunteers. The blankets were presented to the Maternal Health Program on January 29 by the AmeriCorps members.

The Oswego County AmeriCorps Program focuses on services for children and families.

Members mentor youth, provide fitness and nutrition education activities for youth and manage volunteers who serve their community.

They gain career skills while receiving a modest living allowance and earning an education award to help pay for college, grad school or pay back qualified student loans.

Currently, there are openings with the Oswego County Economic Development Corps.

These are 900-hour positions.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or be working on a degree along with volunteer experience or work with the public.

Applicants should have a working knowledge of poverty, human diversity and be open to a learning experience of poverty and homelessness.

Reliable transportation and a NYS driver’s license is a plus.

AmeriCorps members in 900-hour positions receive a modest living allowance of $6,527 paid in biweekly paychecks.

At the end of their term of service, 900-hour members receive an education award of $2,822, which can be used to pay tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.

AmeriCorps members can receive forbearance on qualified student loans.

Once the term of service is completed, all or part of the interest that accrued during the term can be paid by the National Service Trust.

The member application can be downloaded from the Oswego County website at oswegocounty.com/youth/application.pdf

For more information on the Oswego County AmeriCorps program, call the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at (315) 349-3451 or 1 (800) 596-3200, extension 3451.

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