OSWEGO, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County recently recognized the Richard S. Shineman Foundation as it presented the foundation with its Spirit of Community Award at its annual meeting.
According to Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation was a clear choice for the Spirit of Community Award.
“Our Spirit of the Community Award is presented to an organization or individual that demonstrates unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life in Oswego County. Since its inception in 2013, the Shineman Foundation has made an immediate and meaningful impact. With its mission to enhance the quality of life in Central New York and Oswego County in particular, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation has truly been a catalyst for change in our community,” said Trexler.
Laruen Pistell, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, gladly accepted the award on behalf of the foundation and praised Oswego County residents for their concern for others and their support of United Way.
“I am honored to accept this award, and to be a part of this community,” said Pistell. Returning from a recent conference in Silicon Valley I noticed a sign at the airport check-in. It read: if you see something say something. This sign impressed me more than any advice I heard at the conference. I felt it represented the spirit of the Oswego community. Dr. Shineman truly did something for this community that he so loved. He was a true champion of Oswego County. Dr. Shineman inspired others to volunteer and give generously to causes close to their heart. We at the Shineman Foundation are proud to promote that legacy by providing grants to non-profit organizations that enhance the community. Our foundation seeks to build relationships with its partnering non-profits that allow them to become more effective to build strong social bonds that help to bring the community together.”
Pistell praised United Way for its efforts, spoke highly of the non-profits that the Shineman Foundation has partnered with over the past year, and recognized Oswego County Opportunities’ staff for their generosity.
“I had the opportunity to meet many of OCO’s young employees. They care about their community and those they serve. And while they are young and have limited resources they still wanted to do something. Their willingness to make weekly contributions to United Way, regardless of the amount, will prove important as the Shineman Foundation will be matching those donations,” said Pistell.
“I am inspired by those of you here today and others in our community who see something and do something. You see something and you do something because you care deeply about the place you call home. You believe in the mission of United Way. Together we form a community that does not silently stand by when we see a need. We are a community that in partnership with United Way, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, and countless other organizations stands together to make Oswego County a better place for us all,” added Pistell.