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April 4, 2014

AmeriCorps Members Make Fleece Blankets for New Babies

Oswego County AmeriCorps members donated more than 40 fleece blankets to families served by the County Health Department's Maternal Child Health Program. Pictured front row, from left, are AmeriCorps members Amanda Quaile, Ruth Vasquez and Mike Monroe. Second row, from left, are Diane Oldenburg, senior public health educator for the Oswego County Health Department, AmeriCorps members Michelle Pawlenko, Jenna Skubis, Leslie Ross, Emma Donovan and KyleMosack, and Judy Lester, Director of Patient Services for the Oswego County Health Department.

OSWEGO -Oswego County AmeriCorps members recently donated more than 40 fleece blankets to the Oswego County Health Department's Maternal Child Health Program for families in need. The blankets were created by AmeriCorps members as a special project in recognition of Martin Luther King Day. AmeriCorps Program Assistant Carrie Victory and Program Coordinator Kathy Andolinaassisted with the project.

"Currently we have more than 20 AmeriCorps members serving throughoutOswego County, providing mentoring or fitness education and nutrition activities," said Andolina. "Several more members recently startedin our new Economic Opportunity grant. These members provide financial literacy and housing services to qualified individuals through the Department of Social Services, Oswego County Opportunities, and Catholic Charities."

Oswego County AmeriCorps is accepting applications for the summer AmeriCorps program. Members will provide fitness education and nutrition activities to youth around Oswego County. Summer members serve 300 hours, receive a living allowance of $2,113, and an education award of $1,175. For more information, contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at (315) 349-3451 or 1 (800) 596-3200, extension 3451.

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