FULTON, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œThe Governance Committee of Oswego County Opportunities’ Board of Directors has announced that the agency is currently seeking forward-looking community members interested in applying for a seat on the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s board of directors.
One of Oswego CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top 10 largest private employers, OCO 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, OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 50-plus 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; and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities, persons with psychiatric diagnoses and those recovering from addiction.
The 21-seat board is made up of a combination of residents of the communities that the agency serves, appointed and/or elected officials from throughout Oswego County, and members who receive services from OCO.
OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s executive director Diane Cooper-Currier explained that the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s board is equally divided this way to ensure that OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s efforts are as effective as possible.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The governing structure assures that the people served by OCO have a voice in shaping the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s future. The consumer population brings insight and experiences that are unique to the population we serve. They know first-hand how services are provided and their input is invaluable in making improvements, adding programs, etc. The officials help OCO connect with all levels of government, build productive partnerships, and accurately assess community needs. The community representatives complete the picture by bringing talents from their professions, experience with other agencies and service organizations, and helping OCO establish relationships in schools and in neighborhoods,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
Those interested in being considered to serve on the board are urged to submit their applications no later than Feb. 10.
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 OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s full board of directors, who will elect the new board members at the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual meeting to be held March 24.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Cooper-Currier.
Applications for becoming a member of OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s board are available OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the main office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton; its offices in the Midtown Plaza, East Bridge Street in Oswego; the Fulton Health Center at 522 S. Fourth St., Fulton; the Oswego Health Center, 10 George St., Oswego; the Mary Walker Health Center at SUNY Oswego; Head Start sites, Discovery Day Care in Phoenix and dining and activity center meal sites.
Applications are also available on www.oco.org
More information is available by calling Cooper-Currier at 598-4717.