Fulton Block Builders Near Completion of Fundraising Goal, Volunteerism is Awarded

FULTON, NY – Operation Oswego County Inc. has donated $2,500.00 to the Fulton Block Builders (FBB) putting FBB closer to our goal!” said Linda Eagan, FBB Administrative Director, reaching 85 percent of the total fundraiser goal.

“Fundraising for the 2018 Grant Challenge has been quite successful. In addition to Operation Oswego County, FBB recently was notified of support from Chuck Handley at Burke’s Home Supply. Residents participating in the Block Challenges will be happy to know that for the second year, Burke’s has moved us closer to our goal and will be offering discounts to approved FBB grant recipients” continued Eagan.

From the left, Jennifer Whalen, Reyne Pierce, Fulton Block Builders (FBB) volunteers, Karen Perwitz, of Operation Oswego County Inc. (OOC) and FBB, Michael Treadwell, Executive Director OOC Inc., Evelyn LiVoti, Austin Wheelock of OOC and FBB committee members Cheryl Baldwin, Carol Streeter and Penny Halstead.

City residents who would like to participate in the program need to form a neighborhood group with 50 percent of the property owners on their block and have them sign the Pre-Application stating that they are interested in the matching grant funding and want to learn more about FBB.

Blocks can be made up of both sides of one street or of the homes within 4 streets.

FBB Ambassadors are available to help applicants through the process. Follow us on Facebook at look for information on our website.

Operation Oswego County’s mission is to establish and implement sound economic development strategies to enhance the economic vitality of Oswego County’s businesses, industries and citizens leading to an overall better quality of life.

“Key to our mission is the creation and retention of job opportunities, diversification and strengthening of our economic base, and developing the local economy in a planned, organized and environmentally friendly atmosphere. We think the Fulton Block Builder project fits into this mission perfectly” said Michael Treadwell, Executive Director.

Recently, the Fulton Block Builders were awarded for their volunteerism.

In 2007, the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce created a new award in Jan Rebeor’s honor: the Jan Rebeor Community Champion Award.

Every year, the Chamber presents this prestigious award to a Chamber member from the greater Fulton community who has shown an unselfish long-term commitment to the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

On Tuesday February 13, 2018, Jan Rebeor chose to present the Community Champion Award to a group of individuals; the Fulton Block Builder Volunteers.

The volunteers are humbled to be recognized by Mrs. Rebeor. She is long-time advocate for the city of Fulton and embodies the strengths-based approach FBB is founded on.

Fulton Block Builder volunteers are awarded the Jan Rebeor Award from the Chamber of Commerce.

Not one to sit back, Rebeor is actively involved with Fulton’s Project Bloom, the annual City of Fulton Community Development Agency Home Show. She also lends her time and talent to the United Way Stone Soup luncheons, St. Luke’s John Foster Burden Fund, Fulton’s Tree/ Arbor Day Committee, Tunes in June, Friends of Voorhees Park, Jazz Fest, and the City of Fulton’s Christmas lighting and decorations, just to name a few.

FBB strives to encourage community activism, like Jan’s, in residents by building a sense of community and focusing on civic engagement while empowering residents to work together.

FBB’s goal is to have residents become engaged in their community and neighborhood and to take a proactive role in creating positive change. FBB is encouraging neighbors to get-together and complete the pre-application for the 2018 Block Challenge.

Another way to become a part of FBB, is by donating to the 2018 campaign today.

What’s even more exhilarating is that every dollar you donate is matched two-to-one by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

Remember, all donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Block Challenge grants and promotion of the program. There are no paid staff!

FBB donations can be made on the website at: https://www.fultonblockbuilders.com/donate/ or by mail: Fulton Block Builders; 125 West Broadway; Fulton, New York 13069.

IMPORTANT DATES REGARDING 2018 Fulton Block Builders:
• Friday, March 16, 2018 – FBB Neighborhood Recruitment Forms (Pre-applications) are due
• Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Final applications are due
• Monday April 30, 2018 – Deadline to reach the Shineman Match needed to secure $100,000.00
• Tuesday May 1, 2018 – FBB grant awardees announced
• Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – FBB Kick Off Event for awardees and sponsors