AmeriCorps Member’s Project To Benefit OCO Homeless Services

OSWEGO – AmeriCorps member, Sandra L. Waldron has re-joined AmeriCorps and is planning a community involvement project to benefit youth and families establishing independent housing.

Sandra L. Waldron  meets with the owner of Oswego Self Storage, Ben Kaye. He has agreed to collaborate in her efforts to help the homeless by having a donation box during the first week in April for community members to drop off donations.
Sandra L. Waldron meets with the owner of Oswego Self Storage, Ben Kaye. He has agreed to collaborate in her efforts to help the homeless by having a donation box during the first week in April for community members to drop off donations.

In Oswego County, Oswego County Opportunities provided on-going services to 1,392  homeless individuals in 2015.

1,020 were between the ages of 0-20 and 204 were unaccompanied youth, meaning no parents or families. They were on their own.

Waldron joined the Oswego Economic Development Corps in March of 2015 with Oswego County Opportunities Crisis and Development Services.

Waldron served as an AmeriCorps member with Oswego County Opportunities in 1997 and has returned to Homeless Services to give back to the community by providing direct services to homeless youth and families and to make a difference in the lives of those receiving services after moving back to Oswego County from working in Virginia.

Starting in January 2014, the Youth Bureau has been operating a second AmeriCorps program – Oswego Economic Development Corps.

Members in that program serve at several sites located in Oswego County, including Oswego County Opportunities.

Members assist economically disadvantaged individuals by providing housing services and financial literacy education.

Waldron works in Homeless Services in her placement with OCO.

She previously held an executive director position working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Virginia.

She also held the role of director of a personalized recovery oriented services (PROS) clinic serving adults experiencing mental illness and substance related disorders.

She holds All But Dissertation for PHD, Licensed Master Social Worker, Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, degrees from Onondaga Community College, Oswego State University, Syracuse University and Walden University.

Her degrees are in Humanities, Human Development, Social Work and Human Service Administration.

Before assuming the AmeriCorps member position, she worked in the human service field for more than 20 years providing clinical services and directorship to children, adults and families.

She worked with homeless youth, chronically mentally ill children and adults, adolescent sex offenders, child sexual victims and worked in the family court system, therapeutic foster care, nursing home administration and served for four years as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Psychology at the State University of New York.

Waldron has taught Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Human Behavior, Adult Development and Aging and Organizational Behavior for undergraduate students.

In addition, she was a member of the Child Abuse Task Force, Trauma Task Force, and Health Fair Committee.

She is in process of organizing a community involvement project to collect needed items for youth and families establishing independent housing.

The collection will occur the first week of April.

A list of requested items will be available at all drop box sites.

Some sggested donation items include: toilet paper, Band-Aids, brush/comb, napkins, sandwich bags, paper towels, bowls and utensils, batteries and other household items.

She collaborated with local business to establish drop boxes for collection of donated items.

Drop boxes will be at Oswego Self Storage at 121 George St., and at OCO office at Midtown Plaza.