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September 18, 2018

Local Businesses Support Harborfest Volunteer Program


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</p>PathFinder Bank, Volunteer Program Sponsor, appears with Harborfest to support the 2008 recruitment initiative.  L-R Jeff Bryce and Chrystal Hoyt, Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc.; Jessika Pickreign, Harborfest volunteer; Rebecca Knox and Mike Quenville of PathFinder Bank.

PathFinder Bank, Volunteer Program Sponsor, appears with Harborfest to support the 2008 recruitment initiative. L-R Jeff Bryce and Chrystal Hoyt, Oswego Harbor Festivals, Inc.; Jessika Pickreign, Harborfest volunteer; Rebecca Knox and Mike Quenville of PathFinder Bank.

Harborfest is interested in recruiting volunteers from local businesses and social or service organizations. This summer, Harborfest slated for July 24-27, nearly 250,000 to 300,000 visitors to attend. Organizations and businesses choosing to partake in the volunteer program set an example of social responsibility to the community while simultaneously gaining positive publicity for their efforts. Representatives sent by companies will also be given the opportunity to practice important skills in a business setting. All volunteers especially those in managerial positions gain valuable experience in public speaking, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Each business or organization contributes to the festival’s overall success in a different yet equally important way. OCTA, Oswego City Teacher’s Association, shows their support by volunteering in the memorabilia booths throughout the entire festival. There are a variety of ways volunteers can show their dedication to the festival; often applying knowledge learned through their own professions into the tasks they are assigned.

Another way companies lend their support is through designating group volunteer projects. Local businesses such as Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, C&A Fitzgibbons or APFW have encouraged their staff to volunteer in the past through coordinating these groups for specific positions such as selling memorabilia or 50/50 raffle tickets. The volunteer program is especially grateful to newcomer Amdursky, Pelkey, Fennell & Wallen Law offices who are making a splash by allocating an entire day of the work week to support Harborfest by having all their employees volunteer instead of attend to their usual day to day assignments.

“We are proud to have PathFinder Bank as the sponsor of our volunteer program for over a decade now; it’s always rewarding when we see past volunteers wearing their “PathFinder Bank” volunteer shirt,” Chrystal Hoyt, Volunteer Coordinator states. “One year, I saw an entire family working a booth at the NY State Fair with their 2007 Harborfest volunteer shirts on.  It definitely sends a message that volunteering for Harborfest builds teamwork and is fun for the whole family!”  PathFinder Bank representative Ron Tascarella adds “Harborfest puts Oswego on the map and we are pleased to support this economic initiative for our community.”

According to Chrystal Hoyt, festival Volunteer Coordinator, “We are especially interested in working with local business, civic, social or service organizations in recruiting volunteers. Volunteers shifts are four hours long but individuals are encourage to sign up for additional shifts at their own availability. All volunteers receive special training and a uniform shirt so visitors can quickly identify them when in need of assistance” she continues, “consideration is given for specialized experience and training.”

Volunteers are currently being scheduled and individuals interested in lending their support should stop by the Harborfest Volunteer Center in the McCrobie Building at 41 Lake Street.  Volunteers are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis and those wanting to sign up can match their availability to the remaining vacant shifts.

Those interested in participating should stop by the Harborfest office to check their availability with the current schedule. Volunteers must attend one of the three training sessions, which is scheduled for July 15, 17, and 22 from 5 –7 pm located in the McCrobie Building on Lake Street. Groups interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities can contact Chrystal Hoyt at 343-6865.

Slated for July 24th – 27th, the 2008 edition of Harborfest will feature plenty of food, fun and entertainment as venues on both Oswego’s east and west sides will be used to deliver the excitement.  A diverse variety of entertainment will be featured on stages throughout the city of Oswego including, the NRG Family Stage at East Park, the Budweiser Rock Stage on East Second Street, and the Labatt Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park.

With the Route 104 Bridge closed for repair this summer, be sure to plan accordingly so that you don’t miss the events you want to see.  The Utica Street Bridge will be open as will the pedestrian walking bridge located just north of Utica Street.  Visit the Harborfest website at www.oswegoharborfest.com for the latest information regarding transportation options and performance schedules.

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