FULTON, NY â€“ Students participating in the CYO Summer Program recently spent some quality time making greeting cards for the residents at Michaud Nursing Home in Fulton.
Under the guidance of the AmeriCorps members with Catholic Charitiesâ€™ CYO Summer Program, participants in the program created handmade greeting cards for the Michaud residents.
The cards were hand-delivered by the AmeriCorps members to the residents.
The event was part of the AmeriCorps membersâ€™ community outreach project.
As part of the requirements of AmeriCorps service, each of the members has to complete an outreach project to benefit the community.
AmeriCorps members Andrew Chapman, Matthew Farfaglia, Ben Boltz and Danielle Crisafulli thought involving the participants in the CYO program would be an excellent community project that would bring two generations together for some fun and much appreciated companionship.
â€œThe residents enjoyed receiving the cards. It was heartwarming to see the smiles on the faces of the residents. It was an experience that everyone enjoyed and benefited from,â€ said Crisafulli.
CYO director Jim Smiley praised the AmeriCorps members efforts and was happy to be able to have them on staff.
â€œIt has been a pleasure to have Andrew, Matthew, Ben and Danielle on our staff. They enjoy what they do and truly care about making sure that the children enjoyed our summer program. We are fortunate that we have such a good relationship with the AmeriCorps program. It is a great program that benefits both the children and the organizations that utilize the AmeriCorps members,â€ he said.
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.Â AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations.
The Oswego County AmeriCorps Program focuses on services for children and families.
Members mentor youth, plan and supervise out of school activities and manage volunteers.
This year more than 70 members will serve at schools, libraries, recreation programs and human service agencies throughout Oswego County.
As a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps, together with the USA Freedom Corps is working together to build a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility in America.
The main goals of AmeriCorps are:
- Getting things done and solving local issues
- Strengthening society and uniting individuals
- Encouraging responsibility
- Expanding opportunities by gaining valuable experiences, specialized training, and other important life skills.
AmeriCorpsâ€™ focus on services for children is a perfect fit for Catholic Charitiesâ€™ CYO Summer Program that provides recreational and educational opportunities to dozens of children in our community.
Kathy Andolina, program coordinator of AmeriCorps in Oswego County, is pleased to have members as part of the CYO Summer Program and recognizes the important impact that AmeriCorps has on Oswego County.
â€œFor the past 13 years AmeriCorps members have provided a range of services for youth and families in Oswego County,â€ said Andolina. â€œIt is a mutually rewarding experience as local agencies that serve youth benefit from having additional staff while AmeriCorps members benefit by receiving valuable experience and an education award that can be used to continue their education or pay off student loans.â€
The CYO Summer Recreation program is funded in part by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the NYS Office of Children and Families, and the City-County Youth Bureau of Oswego County.
For more information, call 598-3980.