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OCO Salutes Volunteers of the Year

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities recently honored its Youth 4 Youth Peer Leaders Group with the agency’s Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award.  Presented annually, OCO’s Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a volunteer who goes above and beyond in offering their time and talents to an OCO program.

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored its Distinguished Volunteers of the Year and the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s Annual Meeting.  From left are: Georgia Draughn (Head Start/UPK); Howard Wilcox Awardees Isabela Gonzalez and Courtney DeLong, accepting on behalf of the Youth 4 Youth Peer Group; Distinguished Volunteers, Stella James and Norma Williams, (OCO Nutrition Services Dining and Activity Centers); and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.
Oswego County Opportunities recently honored its Distinguished Volunteers of the Year and the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s Annual Meeting. From left are: Georgia Draughn (Head Start/UPK); Howard Wilcox Awardees Isabela Gonzalez and Courtney DeLong, accepting on behalf of the Youth 4 Youth Peer Group; Distinguished Volunteers, Stella James and Norma Williams, (OCO Nutrition Services Dining and Activity Centers); and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.

Deputy Executive Director of OCO, Sarah Irland, praised the group for the work that they do and the positive impact they have on youth in the Fulton community.

“Our Youth 4 Youth Peer Leader Group devotes many hours of their school and personal time to participate in an intense training program that allows them to promote youth development, youth engagement and youth leadership. They selflessly donate their time to educate youth and adults on sexual health topics and also connect young people to programs to meet their individual needs,’ said Irland.

Meeting on a weekly basis, members of OCO’s Youth 4 Youth Peer Leader Group act as positive role models for their peers and encourage others to make responsible health decisions.

Additionally, they maintain a social media platform, drop in sessions, and volunteer in a variety of areas such as: tutoring, church activities, school government, yearbook and prom committees, coaching and more.

“I am amazed to think about the time that our Youth 4 Youth Peer Leader Group and many other community volunteers give to OCO programs,” added Irland. “More than 3,000 volunteers served OCO in 2012.  We appreciate all of our volunteers. Without them our programs would not be able to do all the great things that they do.”

In addition to the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award, OCO also honored a trio of volunteers; Stella James and Norma Williams (Nutrition Services), and Georgia Draughn (Head Start/UPK) with Distinguished Volunteer Awards for their commitment to sharing their time and talents to helping others and providing quality services.

OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org