OSWEGO, NY – An Oswego woman’s passion has become her vocation.
“I started in 2011 with a Facebook page and a big dream. I have always had a passion for helping others,” Amy Clancy told Oswego County Today.
Her project, Saving Families, aims at providing assistance to those in need.
“Right now, it is just myself and a few behind the scenes helpers as necessary,” she explained. “We are totally donation based. Helpers/donators are people who see the page and email us to send items directly to the family/child in need.”
The link to her page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-Families/110402249086795
“I have worked very hard at this to try to help families in need,” she said. “I would love to bring more help to the local communities. We help with birthdays, clothing, personal items etc. Christmas preparation is in full swing right now.”
She said she would like to increase her focus on the local community’s needs and work with individuals and local businesses to fill those needs.
“I need more sponsors; everything is strictly donation based. The page hasn’t received any donations,” she said. “All donations go from sponsors straight to families in need.”
There is an application process to try to make sure that the people are actually in need, she added.
Some of the things Saving Families has accomplished include:
- Gathering donations for Thanksgiving dinners for two years to help local families
- Collecting donations to fill stockings for local children for two years
- Sponsored local fire department for Thanksgiving dinner last year
- Distributed cookie trays to public service agencies for Christmas last year
- Solicited volunteers to bake for bake sale at local nursing home
- Sponsored children for back to school supplies for two years
“Last year, I got lots of local donations and delivered back packs full of school supplies to local children. I have several friends who help behind the scenes and offer assistance when I need it,” she said. “Could really use more volunteers and sponsors. Many hands mean more people get helped.”
She’d love to help more people locally, but lack the sponsors and volunteers to achieve that goal, she said, adding that she is considering attempting to coordinate a feed the homeless event.
Her dream is “to add shelves to my front porch and solicit donations of food and personal care products to be able to offer to people in need.”
She would also like to work towards getting a 501-C (non-profit), so she could get donations from corporations and be able to help more people.
“I do all this on my own time. I get paid in smiles and thank yous,” she said.
Volunteers/sponsors are welcome to email [email protected] or call Amy at 679-3022 for more information.