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Literacy Coalition holds book drive to benefit local youth

dv1940060Developing literacy skills in children at a young age is essential. Reading not only helps them succeed in school, it introduces them to a world of knowledge and imagination that they may enjoy for a lifetime.

To help promote literacy for local youth, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is hosting a book drive for youth.

Now through Saturday, May 11, the agency is accepting donations of gently used books that would be of interest to toddlers through teens. The books will be distributed to during the Oswego Independence Day Parade and the Fulton Memorial Day Parade.

“Over the years we have given away hundreds of books to area youth,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County. “We are proud to be a part of The Literacy Coalition and are dedicated to helping our youth thrive by enhancing their learning experience.”

Jennifer Cook of Assemblyman Will Barclay’s office, chairperson for the book drive, echoed the importance of reading and the positive impact it has on a child’s future.

“By providing youth with books we are doing much more than promoting literacy — we are preparing children for kindergarten, increasing test scores and graduation rates, and helping our youth discover the joy of reading and the wonder of imagination,” said Cook.

Donations of gently used books for children and teens may be dropped off at the following locations:

• United Way Office, 1 S. First St., Fulton (Inside Community Bank).

• Greater Oswego-Fulton

Chamber of Commerce, 44 E. Bridge St. Oswego, and Suite 12, Canalview Mall, Fulton.

• Fulton School District Office,  167 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

• Assemblyman Will Barclay’s Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton.

• Sen. Patty Ritchie’s Office, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

• Eastern Shore Associates

Main Office, Cayuga Street, Fulton.

• Cayuga Community College,

Fulton Campus.

• Minetto Fire Department.

• Oswego City School District Office, East First Street, Oswego.

Arrangements for pick-up can be made for donations of large quantities of books. Those seeking more information on the book drive may call the United Way office at 593-1900.

Comprised of more than 36 local organizations, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is focused on improving literacy in Oswego County by addressing literacy needs of people of all ages.

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Local agencies still in need of Christmas toy, food donations

toyWith Christmas just days away, area human service agencies are making their list and checking it twice.

The economic challenges that many families and individuals in Oswego County are facing has resulted a record amount of requests from families in need this holiday season.

In an effort to meet these requests, several agencies have partnered with the United Way of Greater Oswego in an attempt to form an Oswego County Christmas Bureau, and while they have received numerous donations of toys and food there are many more Christmas wishes to fill.

“Our partners have done an excellent job gathering donations and the response that we have received from the community has been encouraging,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County. “The Department of Social Services is once again doing a remarkable job with the Children’s Fund, and the efforts of our partners, including Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and Toys for Tots are helping to expand the success of the Children’s Fund.

“To date we have enough toys for 1,600 children and 500 food baskets, however, we are in need for additional donations as we have 400 children on the Christmas toy waiting list and many more families in need of food baskets.”

Trexler added that those wishing to donate unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items, or money for food baskets, may contact Helen Hoefer at 598-3980 or drop them off at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 301 Beech Street in Fulton.

Monetary donations for the Children’s Fund Christmas toy drive may be sent to the United Way, attention Doreen Clark, 1 South First Street, Fulton, NY, 13069.

Additionally, those who would like to Adopt-a-Family for Christmas may do so by contacting Deanne Myers of Oswego County DSS at 963-5246.

“Sharing our good fortune with those in need reflects the true spirit of the season,” said Trexler. “I’m confident that the generosity of our community will shine this Christmas.”

Esteemed guests – Tim Conners (left) and Joe Lacey spoke Wednesday during the United Way’s annual campaign kick off breakfast. Both Conners and Lacey have benefited from agencies funded by the United Way and they gave motivational speeches about the power of overcoming personal obstacles and giving back to their community.
-Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

United Way gets ‘personal’

Esteemed guests – Tim Conners (left) and Joe Lacey spoke Wednesday during the United Way’s annual campaign kick off breakfast. Both Conners and Lacey have benefited from agencies funded by the United Way and they gave motivational speeches about the power of overcoming personal obstacles and giving back to their community.
-Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

“It’s our community…and it’s personal,” was the message uttered throughout the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Kick-Off Breakfast held Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Burritt Motors, CENG, Entergy and Planned Results, was held at the American Foundry in Oswego. Executive Director Melanie Trexler gave the opening remarks and was joined by members of the Campaign Cabinet.

Rob Rolfe of Pathfinder Bank is the chairperson for this year’s campaign, replacing Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority.

The annual campaign serves as the United Way’s primary fund-raiser. Last year, the United Way came within 98 percent of its goal of $800,000, securing $780,000 for the many human services programs that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County, said Rolfe.

During the 2012-2013 year, the United Way again hopes to raise $800,000.

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United Way of Greater Oswego County thanks its hundreds of volunteers

by Nicole Reitz

The United Way of Greater Oswego County thanked its volunteers Wednesday at the organization’s 74th annual meeting and salute to volunteers breakfast.

Executive Director Melanie Trexler opened the gathering by thanking Alliance Bank for sponsoring the annual meeting and for partnering with the United Way.

“This is our opportunity to say thanks and pay homage to all of the dedicated, hard-working individuals in our community that work together to make the 2011–2012 United Way campaign such a success,” said Trexler.

Trexler gave a hats off to United Way’s hundreds of volunteers for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking the time to work together for a common cause, which has an impact on the entire community.

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