Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow announced that George Timmins has been named coordinator for the agency’s CYO program.
Timmins, who most recently worked as a senior account clerk with the agency, has worked with youth in many capacities over the years, not only in Central New York but in the inner city of Detroit as well.
He is looking forward to drawing from his vast experience of working with youth and is excited about the opportunity to lead the CYO program.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with youth of any age,” said Timmins. “From coaching sports and working with Parks and Recreation in Lysander, to being involved with the Jump Start for Education program in Detroit, to raising my son and daughter, I have been involved with youth at many different levels.”
As for taking over the helm of Catholic Charities CYO program, Timmins sees it as a chance to not only continue the tradition of the CYO but also build upon it.
“Jim Smiley and Stacie Roberts did a great job developing the CYO program and making it what it is today. Countless numbers of adults in the community, myself included, have many fond memories of coming to the CYO program when they were younger. Meeting new friends, playing basketball, and participating in the many other activities that CYO offered was an important part of their youth. I want to ensure that today’s youth who visit CYO will enjoy the same memories some day,” he said.
In addition to sports, arts and crafts, and other leisure time activities that CYO provides for area youth, Timmins will be focusing on the aspect of character development.
“I want our youth to know that CYO can be more than just a place to have fun with their friends. I want my staff and I to be able to really connect with the youth who visit CYO. We want to do more than offer them quality recreation time in a safe, caring environment. My goal is to help them build confidence in themselves, develop a healthy level of self-esteem, and gain a thorough understanding of the team concept…qualities that will serve them well as adults,” said Timmins.
Knowing the positive impact that CYO has on the community, Timmins said that it is important that both CYO members and community members recognize mutual benefits that CYO offers.
“The CYO program instills a sense of pride in its members, and in turn, pride for their community. Moving forward the CYO program will have more interaction with the community. We will encourage CYO members to become actively involved with community issues where they can make a difference. Our CYO program has plenty of potential and I am pleased to be able to be part of its future,” added Timmins.
“We are happy to have George as coordinator of our CYO Program,” said Pezzella-Pekow. “His enthusiasm for the program and his willingness to help our youth will serve him well in his new position.”
Open to all area youth the CYO program, located inside the Catholic Charities of Oswego County building, 365 W. First St., offers a safe, well-supervised, friendly environment where youth can participate in a variety of programs that promote positive development and offers youth the opportunity for healthy interaction with their peers.
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, NYS Office of Children and Family Services through Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.