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May 10, 2010

Members Observe AmeriCorps Week May 8 - 15

Hundreds Have Served through Ameri-Corps -

The fourth annual AmeriCorps Week is May 8 through 15. AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides opportunities for more than 85,000 Americans to give back to their community and country each year. Since 1994, more than 637,000 AmeriCorps members have served 774 million hours.

In Oswego County, AmeriCorps members mentor youth, provide out-of-school activities for youth, build the capacity of non-profits, provide employment training, and manage volunteers. Since 1997, nearly 600 members have served at schools, libraries, museums, recreation programs and human service agencies. Due to Recovery Act funding, the Oswego County AmeriCorps Program has been able double the number of members who are serving this year.

"AmeriCorps Week provides an opportunity to salute AmeriCorps members for their powerful impact and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible," said Kathy Andolina, AmeriCorps program coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

Members currently serving in the Oswego County AmeriCorps Program include Emily Anderson, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Tiera Barnes and Andrea Barry, New Haven Elementary School; Virginia Bough, Leighton Elementary School; Vicki Bracco, Palermo NuRu Teen Center; Paul Burgess, Fulton CYO; Caitlin Buzzanca, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Services; Alison Clarke, Friends of Camp Hollis; Kristina Dann, Palermo Elementary School; Deborah Deeb, Human Concerns Center; Elizabeth DeFalco, Mexico Elementary School; Emily Dufore, Mexico Middle School; Louise Dunaway, Workforce NY; Ernesto Garcia, BOCES Migrant Education; Wen Hao, APW High School; Caleb Hayes, Oswego Salvation Army; Matthew Jones and Taylor Laribee, Hannibal High School; Teresa Litchison, Amigo Mentoring; Matthew MacVittie, Fulton Friends of History; Brian McCrobie, Oswego YMCA Advantage Afterschool; Joseph McMahon, Hannibal High School; Morgan Mears, Mexico Elementary School; Samantha Meeker, Fairgrieve Elementary School; Amanda Metcalf, Even Start; Emilee Morgan, Dept. of Social Services; Jennifer Nearbin, New Haven Elementary School; Justin Patrick, Oswego Public Library; Brittany Patterson, Friends of Fort Ontario; Suzanne Pirrera, Youth Advocate Program; Jamie Rhoades, APW Middle School; Carol-Anne Salladin, Parish Elementary School; Cosima Sokal-Davidson, Dept. of Social Services; Danielle Spencer, Palermo NuRu Teen Center; Dana Sprole, Altmar Elementary School; Peter Sterbak, Lanigan Elementary School; Brenda Storto, Palermo Elementary School; and Rebecca Tetro, Housing Visions Consultants.

"Wherever they serve, each AmeriCorps member has an on-site supervisor," said Youth Bureau director Kathleen Fenlon. "Due to the commitment and dedication of these staff, youth throughout the county can benefit from the service of AmeriCorps members. For the last program year, 165 youth were mentored, over 3,500 participated in out of school activities and 831 volunteers contributed 2,600 hours of service to their community."

Members are also supported by capable AmeriCorps staff at the Youth Bureau including Caroline Victory, program assistant and Valerie Edwin, AmeriCorps VISTA member from Serve New York. Valerie has planned service events in the local community including the AmeriCorps Week project at the Human Concerns Center.

For more information on Oswego County AmeriCorps, contact program coordinator Andolina at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 315-349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451 or go to oswegocounty.com/youth/Americorps.html.

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