FULTON, NY – Did you know you could help others in your community just by shopping? Oswego County Opportunities, a non-profit agency that offers 50 programs and serves hundreds of families and individuals throughout Oswego County, has teamed with Amazon.com’s AmazonSmile program that will allow you to do just that.
AmazonSmile, a program of the AmazonSmile Foundation, will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases directly to OCO. It is a simple and automatic way for you to support the work that OCO does at no cost to you.
To shop at AmazonSmile log onto www.smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.
On your fist visit simply select Oswego County Opportunities as the charitable organization to receive donations from your eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Your choice of OCO will be stored and all future eligible purchases you make from AmazonSmile will result in a donation to OCO.
“We are excited about our participation in the AmazonSmile program,” said Betsy Copps, director of information and compliance for OCO. “Smile.amazon.com offers the same prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that a portion of your purchase price will be donated to OCO to help others right here in Oswego County. Those that currently shop on Amazon.com may use their current Amazon account and items eligible for donations will be clearly indicated on their product detail.”
There is no cost to OCO or to AmazonSmile customers.
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases directly to OCO. The purchase price for each item is the sale price, excluding shipping, handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, and service charges, and less any rebates, returns and bad debt.
Purchases through AmazonSmile may be made using an internet browser on a desktop or laptop computer, mobile phone, or a tablet. All payment methods available on Amazon.com are available for use on AmazonSmile.
“Our collaboration with AmazonSmile provides community members with a convenient way to support OCO and our many human services programs,” said OCO Executive Director, Diane Cooper-Currier. “We are always looking for new and creative ways to help raise funds that benefit the nearly 30,000 consumers OCO serves each year. This method works without any extra effort. You just shop; donations are calculated automatically. What could be easier?”
OCO conducts various fund-raising events throughout the year, including an annual campaign spearheaded by the board of directors; the annual bowling tournament – dubbed the Retro Bowl this year – on April 5; the annual Scrabble Fest on Sept. 19.
Individual programs and service areas also hold events and activities to support their specific service needs.
“We have a very creative, energetic staff and they come up with fresh, exciting ideas,” Cooper-Currier stated. “In fact, it was an OCO employee who discovered the AmazonSmile Program and enrolled the agency!”
OCO’s website contains an online donation section where donors can use a credit card through PayPal.
“This has been a popular option for those wishing to donate in honor or in memory of a loved one, or a former employee of the agency,” Cooper-Currier said.
While monetary donations are always beneficial, Cooper-Currier continued, the agency also welcomes in-kind donations of professional services (legal, consulting, graphic arts, media) as well as gently used home furnishings, appliances, clothing, toys, linens, and more.
“We have consumers in crisis situations who come to us with only the clothes on their backs,” she explained. “Your donations help them get a new start. We can find an apartment for them, but they need just about everything to make it a home.”
For more information about donations or sponsorship of OCO events, contact Cooper-Currier at 598-4717.
If you have household items, clothing, baby items, personal care items, or food donations, please contact Sandy Wells at 598-4717 for assistance.