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OCO Receives $100,000 Gift

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Fund Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay received a pleasant surprise recently when former Oswego resident Sue Downey called to inform her that she is presenting OCO with a gift of $100,000.

Now retired, Downey spent 31 years teaching in the Liverpool school district.

Born and raised in Oswego, Downey is well aware of OCO and the tremendous impact its programs have on the lives of those they serve.

“As a teacher I realize the importance of OCO’s Discovery Learning Center and Head Start programs,” said Downey. “The sooner we are able to have children in a stable learning environment the greater their development will be.  OCO’s youth programs help make that possible.”

While Downey praised OCO’s youth programs she was equally impressed with the agency’s health services programs, which help individuals and families navigate the complexities of the health care system, as well as OCO’s other human services programs.

“OCO’s efforts touch the lives of people in need of all ages. That is what inspired me to offer this gift with no restrictions. OCO’s leaders are true professionals. They are in the front line doing great work and they know where the most need lies. Working with bare bones budgets as they do, they will be able to use the money in a way that will benefit the most people. I’m fortunate that I am able to bestow a gift to such a worthy cause as OCO,” said Downey.

“We are very appreciative of Ms. Downey’s generous gift, especially at this time of year when there is an increased demand for many of our programs,” said Barclay. “The flexibility that Ms. Downey has allotted us with her gift ensures that her wish of helping as many individuals and families as possible will come true.”

For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org.