OSWEGO – Besides recently getting a designated vehicle for its DARE program, the city is looking to bolster financial support for it as well
Mayor Billy Barlow is seeking council approval for a proposed fiscal sponsorship agreement to be entered into between the Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation and the city on behalf of the Oswego Police Department.
The deal will help support and fund the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which is administered locally by OPD.
“There is no fiscal impact to the city of Oswego by entering into this agreement. In fact, the financial assistance from VOW will help ensure the DARE program continues to thrive in the Oswego community,” the mayor said.
“The fiscal agreement between VOW Foundation and the city of Oswego for the DARE program is for additional funds for the program to flow through VOW; as a fiscal sponsor and a 501c3 organization,” explained Teresa Woolson, president of the VOW Foundation.
This means that donations can be given to the DARE program (via the VOW Foundation) for things the program doesn’t cover that the DARE officer would like to do with the group of students – extra things that will enhance the program such as bowling, pizza party and other events.
Funds could also come as a grant for the program.
Grants and donations need to flow through a non-profit 501c3 such as the VOW Foundation, she added.
The funding provided through VOW will help offset the cost of the DARE instructor provided by OPD that undertakes a year-long educational program for students attending Oswego Middle School, the mayor said.
Barlow said he fully supports this private-public partnership as “another example of ways in which the city is creatively addressing a need,” adding that he is proud to partner with VOW and OPD in facilitating drug abuse resistance education to some of the youngest and most impressionable residents as they prepare to enter young adulthood.
“The VOW Foundation’s mission includes education about drugs and addiction. So the DARE program fits the mission of VOW Foundation,” Woolson said.
For more information, contact Woolson at the VOW Foundation, PO Box 82, Lycoming, NY 13093, call (315) 402-6119 or visit
For more information on DARE or other programs offered by OPD, contact the department’s Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Lt. Zachary Misztal (email: [email protected] or call 315-342-8124).
The full council will consider the request at its next meeting.