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Oswego County Opportunities Welcomes Margaret Barclay

FULTON, NY – Margaret Barclay has been named Oswego County Opportunities’ fund development coordinator.

 OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier joined OCO’s Fundraising Committee in welcoming new Fund Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay.   In front from left are Brian Greenhouse, Deana Masuicca, Margaret Barclay, and Connie Cosemento.  Second row from left: Corte Spencer, Diane Cooper-Currier, and Terry Bennett.  Back row from left: John Zanewych, and Joseph Caruana.
OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier joined OCO’s Fundraising Committee in welcoming new Fund Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay. In front from left are Brian Greenhouse, Deana Masuicca, Margaret Barclay, and Connie Cosemento. Second row from left: Corte Spencer, Diane Cooper-Currier, and Terry Bennett. Back row from left: John Zanewych, and Joseph Caruana.

Barclay brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the area of fund development as well as a passion for helping others, according to OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier.

“Margaret was selected as a result of her previous fund development and donor relationship experience as well as her extensive familiarity with Oswego County. She brings to this position experience in fund raising with Vera House, as well as fund development and alumni relations with a private preparatory school and Manlius Pebble Hill School,” said Cooper-Currier.

Most recently a teacher’s assistant at Lura Sharp Elementary in Pulaski, Barclay worked hand in hand with children with varying degrees of disabilities to ensure that they received the necessary support help get them through their day and learn as much as possible.

Prior to that, Barclay served as director of alumni relations at Manlius Pebble Hill High School and development associate with Vera House in Syracuse where she was involved with many fundraising events and establishing relationships with donors.

Vera House proved to be an excellent conduit for Barclay’s desire to help others.

In addition to managing Vera House’s donor program, she played a key role in developing and implementing the Vera House annual campaign as well as its Black Tie Gala.

“I feel it’s important to support causes and work for a mission that I believe in,” said Barclay. “Vera House is an important resource. It was comforting to know that all money raised for Vera House went directly to help women in crisis. At Manlius Pebble Hill encouraging alumni to once again relate to their school, reminisce at alumni events, and lend their support to the school helped to ensure the continued success of Manlius Pebble Hill and a bright future for its students.”

Barclay cited OCO’s vast amount of programs, the sheer number of Oswego County residents that benefit from these programs, and the dedication of the agency’s staff as reasons why she finds a career with OCO so appealing.

“My experiences at Pulaski Elementary and Vera House provided me with the opportunity to see firsthand the positive impact that these types of services have not only on the individuals and families they serve, but on the community as a whole,” said Barclay. “Raising funds is always challenging.  It’s important to have a strong belief in the cause you are raising funds for. With the array of human services programs that OCO offers, there is sure to be at least one that will ignite a passion in community members to help support the programs that touch their heart.”

Barclay has been visiting each of OCO’s sites and meeting with each agency leaders to gain a thorough knowledge of what each program does, the impact it has on those they serve, and learn how the directors are able to make the most of the limited resources that are available to them.

“OCO does a remarkable job of meeting the human service needs in Oswego County while operating on a very lean budget. Ninety-three cents of every dollar OCO receives goes to supporting our community. The agency’s dedicated staff clearly believes in what they are doing and, like myself, are truly concerned about helping others. The work they do really does change lives. It’s pretty amazing,” said Barclay.

According to Cooper-Currier, Barclay will play a pivotal role in OCO’s future.

“Margaret’s knowledge of Oswego County coupled with her outgoing, enthusiastic personality is very much aligned with the mission of OCO. I believe Margaret will be a wonderful asset and complement to OCO as we venture in to more strategic fund development,” she said.

Currently a member of the board of directors for the Shineman Foundation, Barclay has served as a volunteer for numerous committees and organizations in Oswego County including the College Council for SUNY Oswego and Arts and Culture for Oswego County.

Margaret and her husband, New York State Assemblyman Will Barclay, reside in Pulaski with their two sons, Harry and George.

Oswego County Opportunities, 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