Oswego County Opportunities Seeks New Board Members

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities seeks forward-looking community members who are interested in applying for seats on the agency’s board of directors.

Each year, OCO’s Governance Committee recruits candidates from a cross-section of the county’s population for open seats on the 21-member board.

One of Oswego County’s top 10 largest private employers, OCO, Inc., is a non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO’s programs provide:

Community support services for children, youth and families, as well as education and outreach and transportation services, and help for persons in crisis;
Health and nutrition services for all ages, including primary care, family planning, cancer screenings, senior nutrition, WIC, and migrant services;
Residential services for adults with developmental disabilities, persons with psychiatric diagnoses, the homeless and those recovering from addiction.

The 21-seat board of directors for OCO is made up of a combination of representative of the communities that the agency serves, appointed and/or elected officials from throughout Oswego County and members who receive services from OCO.

OCO’s Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier explained that the board’s composition assures that the agency’s efforts are as effective as possible.

“The governing structure assures that the people served by OCO have a voice in shaping the agency’s future,” she said. “The consumer population brings insight and experiences that are unique to the people we serve. They know first-hand how services are provided and their input is invaluable in making improvements, adding programs, and so forth. The elected officials help OCO connect with all levels of government, build productive partnerships, and accurately assess community needs. Finally, our community representatives complete the picture by bringing talents from their professions, sharing experiences with other agencies and service organizations, and helping OCO establish relationships in schools and in neighborhoods.”

Those interested in being considered for service on OCO’s board are urged to submit their applications no later than Feb. 28.

Once the applications have been accepted, the Governance Committee will begin the review process and some candidates may be invited for interviews.

The committee will then present a slate of candidates to OCO’s full board, who will elect the new board members at the agency’s annual meeting to be held April 27.

“I encourage community members who would like to have a voice in shaping the future of human services in Oswego County to consider becoming a member of our board of directors. It is a unique opportunity to make a positive impact right where you live. You will be helping OCO continue its efforts to eliminate poverty in Oswego County and equip people to thrive in our communities,” added Cooper-Currier.

Applications are available OCO’s the main office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton; its Oswego office in the Midtown Plaza, East Bridge Street; the Fulton Health Center, 522 S. Fourth St.; the Oswego Health Center, 10 George St. in Oswego; Head Start sites, Discovery Day Care in Phoenix and Dining and Activity Center meal sites.

Applications are also available at www.oco.org

More information is available by calling Cooper-Currier at 598-4717.