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September 24, 2018

Catholic Charities’ Amigo Project to Distribute Children’s Books


<p>Amigo Project member, Samika Heyward of M.A. Maroun Elementary in Phoenix, decorates a book bag for distribution to area youth.  Students in Catholic Charities’ Amigo Project collected new and gently used children’s books that they will distribute to children and their families on Saturday, July 18th from 8:30 to 10:00 am at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State Street in Fulton.   For more information on the book distribution you may contact Candina Harmer at 396-7197.</p>

Amigo Project member, Samika Heyward of M.A. Maroun Elementary in Phoenix, decorates a book bag for distribution to area youth. Students in Catholic Charities’ Amigo Project collected new and gently used children’s books that they will distribute to children and their families on Saturday, July 18th from 8:30 to 10:00 am at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State Street in Fulton. For more information on the book distribution you may contact Candina Harmer at 396-7197.

Fulton, NY – Students involved with Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Amigo Mentoring Project will be distributing new and gently used children books those in need in on Saturday, July 18th at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State Street in Fulton.

Under the supervision of Candina Harmer, an Ameri-Corps worker with Catholic Charities’ Amigo Mentoring Project, students in the program held a book drive to benefit young children in need in the community. The students accepted donations of children’s books and began distributing them last month. Students in the Amigo Program even created decorative book bags for the children as well.

“It has been a great project,” said Harmer. “The students are enjoying helping the younger children. It provides them with a nice way to give back to their community and helps promote summer reading. It is a wonderful project that is really about kids helping other kids.”

The books will be distributed through the Helping Hands Cupboard, a no-cost distribution center sponsored by the State Street United Methodist Church. Harmer and the Amigo students will be distributing the books from church on Saturday, July 18th from 8:30 to 10:00 am.

Made possible in part through grants from Entergy Nuclear, the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau, United Way of Greater Oswego County, and Oswego County Opportunities, Catholic Charities’ Amigo Mentoring Project is a school based mentoring program that matches elementary school children with high school students and provides them with peer support and a positive role model. Students meet weekly throughout the school year and spend time together in a variety of ways including tutoring, games, activities and outings. Mentors provide friendship, guidance, and support through one on one time and group activities. Staff or volunteers of the Amigo Project supervise all activities and meetings.

For more information on the book distribution you may contact Candina Harmer at 396-7197.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County 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 on Catholic Charities and the many human services programs that it offers you may contact them at 598-3980.

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