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September 25, 2018

Shineman Foundation Aids OCO Call-N-Ride Services


FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities was recently awarded a $32,000 grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation for its Call-N-Ride Program.

OCO recently received a $32,000 grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation for its Call-N-Ride Program. From left are Shineman Foundation Executive Director Karen Goetz, Barbara Shineman, and OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay.

OCO recently received a $32,000 grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation for its Call-N-Ride Program. From left are Shineman Foundation Executive Director Karen Goetz, Barbara Shineman, and OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay.

A large, multi-faceted human service agency, with locations throughout Oswego County, OCO operates more than 50 programs to 25,000 consumers annually.

The agency’s Call-N-Ride program, which offers curb to curb transportation service for the elderly and persons with special needs in Oswego County, is a vital service for county residents.

OCO’s Call-N-Ride program is also available to the general public when public transportation is not readily available in their area.

“For those without access to a vehicle, traveling Oswego County can be a difficult task,” said OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay. “The Call-N-Ride program offers a newfound sense of freedom and mobility. It can be used for medical, social, or personal business and makes bus service to destinations throughout Oswego County only a phone call away.”

OCO’s Call-N-Ride program operates on the following schedule:

Zone 1 – (Sandy Creek, Pulaski, and Mexico school districts). First and third Mondays of each month.

Zone 2 – (Fulton School District). Tuesday and Thursday each week.

Zone 3 – (Oswego School District). Monday and Wednesday each week.

Zone 4 – (Hannibal, Phoenix, and Central Square school districts). Tuesday each week.

Zone 5 – (Altmar, Parish, Williamstown School District). First and third Fridays of each month.

“Over the years, the number of Call-N-Ride riders has more than doubled,” Barclay said. “The demand is there and we wish to meet it by making the Call-N-Ride program even more accessible. Due to a decrease in funding to operate Call-N-Ride services, we are always seeking ways to not only sustain this service but to  expand it to meet the demand and continue to offer this much needed service to our aging and special needs population. OCO is very thankful to the Richard S. Shineman Foundation for its grant of $32,000 which will help maintain this wonderful service.”

“Our foundation has partnered with OCO on a number of occasions over the past three years,” said Karen Goetz, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. “We were pleased to provide this funding to OCO to ensure that its invaluable Call-N-Ride program would be sustained in 2016.“

Did you know…OCO has been fighting poverty in its many forms since 1966!

fter 50 years, our commitment remains strong: inspiring partnerships and providing services that empower people, support communities, and change lives.

For more information on the OCO Call-N-Ride program or its other transportation services, visit www.oco.org

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