Thrive’s Community Incubator hosts the Oswego County CARES Expo

OSWEGO — As a part of the Thrive Oswego County Community Incubator initiative, the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations will host the Oswego County Community Awareness Regarding Exceptional Services (CARES) Expo.

The May 9 expo will showcase a wide range of human services available to Oswego County residents, as well as several mini seminars of community interest.

Created in partnership with the Rural Health Network’s Co-Morbidity Task Force, the CARES Expo is co-sponsored by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities Family Support Services Council. It will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. May 9 in the arena and convocation hall of SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center.

“This is a great opportunity for community members and our students to learn what programs and services are available to them in our county for any needs that may arise for themselves or their family members,” said Tammy Elowsky, assistant director of the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego.

“It will also provide lots of fun for children, with an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, story time, and arts and crafts so that caregivers will have the opportunity to explore the expo and even take advantage of some of the mini classes we will have available that day,” Elowsky said. “This is a part of our Thrive Community Incubator initiative and is our way of ‘paying it forward’ in our community.”

Elowsky noted that the CARES Expo is on the heels of the success of the innovation Rainforest Launch and workshops facilitated by Greg Horowitt, a venture capitalist out of California.

“Thrive is sure keeping the momentum going,” she said.

The children’s activities will be provided by members of Kappa Delta Pi (the international honor society in education) and Alpha Phi Omega (a national co-ed service-based fraternity) led by SUNY Oswego student Keri Frazer, president of Kappa Delta Pi, and graduate student Jon Zella of the college’s Civic Engagement Coalition.

The Oswego County CARES Expo, children’s activities and seminars are all free for Oswego County residents.

Each attendee will receive a directory of services available in Oswego County. Parking will be provided in Lots E-31, E-1 and E-18, with overflow in EC-7.

For more information on the expo or to register for free booth space, visit

Organizations interested in providing an educational seminar should email Elowsky at [email protected]