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September 6, 2011

Oswego AmeriCorps Announces Openings and Fall Events

9/11 Event will be held Sunday at Fort Ontario -

OSWEGO - The Oswego AmeriCorps Program will hold a reading event and food drive at Fort Ontario on Sunday, 9/11 from 1 to 3 p.m. to mark the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. The Oswego Bookmobile will be at the Fort and AmeriCorps members and community volunteers will do read-alouds using children's books related to our country and its heroes. Children and families attending are asked to bring food items to donate to local food pantries. Individuals are encouraged to voluntarily spend time helping and being kind to others in tribute to the 9/11 victims and heroes on this day.

Oswego AmeriCorps is also planning activities for Make A Difference Day, the National Day of Doing Good, on Saturday, October 22.

The Oswego AmeriCorps Program is currently accepting applications for 900-hour positions that start immediately. This national service program serves youth in Oswego County. AmeriCorps members mentor youth and provide fitness and nutrition activities in our local community.

These 900-hour positions are at sites around the county. Members serve from nine to twelve months and receive a living allowance totaling $6,399. After completing the hour commitment and other requirements, the member will receive an education award of $2,675 that can be used for tuition or the repayment of student loans at qualifying institutions.

Beyond these benefits, AmeriCorps members gain professional experience to build their resumes. Applicants must be at least 17-years-old and have a high school diploma or equivalent, or be in the process of obtaining either. There is no upper age limit. Each individual site may be looking for applicants with specific education or work experience requirements.

Current openings for AmeriCorps members are at APW Schools, Fulton Catholic Charities, Fulton Family YMCA, Hannibal High School, Leighton Elementary School, Mexico Academy and Central School, New Haven Elementary School, and other sites.

AmeriCorps member applications are available online at oswegocounty.com/youth as well as at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner Street, Oswego, NY 13126. For further information on openings or national days of service, contact Kathy Andolina, Program Coordinator, by e-mailing or call 315-349-3451.


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