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October 22, 2018

OCO Salutes Volunteers


FULTON, NY – Dedicated, energetic, helpful, and generous; it’s the definition of an Oswego County Opportunities volunteer.

Oswego County Opportunities recognized its volunteers of the year at its annual meeting held at The American Foundry in Oswego. From left are: OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper Currier; Director of OCO Education Services Beth Kazel; Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Angel Guerrero; Head Start Teacher Laura Taverni and President of the OCO Board of Directors Connie Cosemento. Absent is Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Brook Capprara.

Oswego County Opportunities recognized its volunteers of the year at its annual meeting held at The American Foundry in Oswego. From left are: OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper Currier; Director of OCO Education Services Beth Kazel; Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Angel Guerrero; Head Start Teacher Laura Taverni and President of the OCO Board of Directors Connie Cosemento. Absent is Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Brook Capprara.

Last year, more than 1400 individuals donated their time and talents in support of OCO’s many programs and services.

“It’s astounding that so many people found time to help others,” said OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay. “People helping people; nothing is more valiant. With so many valued volunteers it is a challenge to select our volunteer of the year. This year we honor two of our most outstanding volunteers, Brooke Caprara and Angel Guerrero.”

“Brooke Caprara is a real powerhouse,” continued Barclay. “Brooke is always willing to donate her time to do whatever is needed to help our consumers. This past holiday season Brooke gladly provided much needed assistance. When she asked me who’s Christmas can make a little bit brighter? I mentioned those in OCO’s shelter for battered women and children. Brooke responded by donating several large baskets of items. She also volunteered for our annual Consumer Christmas Dinner where she worked in the kitchen preparing meals, serving our consumers, and assisting with cleanup. Brooke believes that giving back to the community helps the county and inspires others to give back as well. It’s people like Brooke that help make success stories for OCO!”

Guerrero, a Head Start parent, was hailed for her unparalleled commitment to Head Start.

In addition to volunteering in her child’s classroom Guerrero is also a member of the Head Start Policy Council representing the Phoenix Head Start program.

“Angel goes above and beyond to help the families and children of our Head Start program,” said Barclay. “From donating clothing and other items to organizing and supervising events to chaperoning field trips Angel is always eager to help out in any way possible. She has the ability to make others feel valued and is the driving force behind the parents’ involvement with Head Start. Her enthusiasm for Head Start and her willingness to fill any needs the program may have was never more apparent than when she recently informed me that she has recruited a dentist who will volunteer his time to visit Head Start classrooms and offer exams to all the children.  Angel is a reliable, generous and caring volunteer. I am honored present Angel and Brooke with OCO Volunteer Awards.”

Oswego County Opportunities is celebrating 50 years of service to the Oswego County community in 2016.

To learn more about OCO’s past, present and future, visit www.oco.org

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