OSWEGO – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold a volunteer orientation on June 12 at 10 a.m. at the O’Mara Welcome Center, a restored one-room schoolhouse on State Route 104W, adjacent to the SUNY Oswego Romney Field House.
The building now serves as a tourist information center for the area.
Potential volunteers of all ages who are interested in becoming a “Goodwill Ambassador” for visitors to Oswego County this summer are encouraged to attend.
Lisa Gray from the Oswego County Tourism office will provide an overview of upcoming events of special interest to tourists.
The O’Mara Welcome Center was originally a one-room school house that was saved from destruction because of its historical significance.
Thanks to the efforts of SUNY Oswego staff and students, the building was moved to its present site where much needed repair and restoration work began, including new windows, shutters, exterior siding, a new roof and a turret.
The building’s exterior is maintained by the SUNY Oswego facilities department.
Inside, visitors will find a replica of a 19th century classroom representing how pupils in the late 1800s were educated.
RSVP has a long-standing history of providing volunteers to operate the O’Mara Welcome Center throughout the summer months.
Better known as “Goodwill Ambassadors,” the volunteers greet visitors, provide literature, brochures, and directions to all who stop in.
Not only do RSVP volunteers provide a much-needed service (at no cost) to the county, they also help to sustain the local tourism industry.
In addition to recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, RSVP offers Mature Living, a free bi-monthly newsletter with news and information that is national and local in scope and of interest to older Americans.
For more information or to sign up for this orientation session and/or to receive Mature Living, contact RSVP Program Coordinator Tracie Wallace at
315-312-2317 or email: [email protected]
Part of a nation-wide network of Senior Corps programs, RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.