OCO Nutrition Services Prepares
for Summer Food Program
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To find the location of a summer food program near you this year, call OCO Nutrition Services at 315-598-4712.
Sara Gozzi is Whelahan Award Recipient
Services to Aid Families Advocate / Educator Sara Gozzi has been honored with OCO’s prestigious Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award. Upon her completion of graduate school where she earned her master’s degree in counseling services Gozzi joined OCO’s Services to Aid Families program as an advocate / educator, a position she still enjoys today. Here she is pictured (center) being congratulated by OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier (l) and SAF Community Response Coordinator Stacie France.
“During my time in grad school I focused on school-based counseling and working with youth. When I learned of OCO’s Services to Aid Families program I knew it would be a good fit for me. I would be doing a lot of education and working with youth in a school-based setting as well as having the opportunity to put my counseling degree to good use by working as a victim advocate. This position offered me the best of both worlds – providing education and working with consumers,” explained Gozzi.
“I’m happy to be surrounded by a great group of co-workers and supervisors,” said Gozzi. “I’m very interested in issues of social justice and the movement to end violence against women. Working with OCO and the SAF program allows me to be a part of this movement every day. I enjoy working with students and community providers and helping them understand the connection between the work that we do at SAF and the impact it has on our quality of life.”
Presented annually, and selected by the Board of Directors, OCO’s Amelia Whelahan Leadership Award recognizes a staff member who has made outstanding contributions to OCO and the Human Services profession. The award is given in the memory of Amelia Whelahan, a dedicated and committed member of Oswego County Opportunities family for many years. Welahan served on the Agency’s Board of Directors, its Planning and Evaluation Committee, and as its President. For Welahan’s many contributions and accomplishments, the Board of Directors recognizes her memory by honoring a distinguished employee with this award each year.
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OCO Policy on News Media Access and Relations:
It is OCO's practice to respond to news media inquiries as quickly as possible, depending upon availability of spokespersons or subject experts and the complexity of the topic being covered.
All requests for comments, interview, photos/video, or statements must be handled through OCO Administration, 315-598-4717.
OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier is the Agency's designated official spokesperson, and the only person authorized to speak on behalf of the Agency unless otherwise designated by herself or the Chairman of the OCO Board of Directors. Her phone number is: 315-598-4717 ext. 1017.
Arrangements for filming/photographing and/or interviewing OCO department and program staff, volunteers and clients must be made in advance by contacting the Senior Director of Operations Betsy Copps at 315-598-4717 ext. 1092.
Due to confidentiality requirements, federal and state regulations, and Agency policy, all OCO clients, employees and volunteers must have a signed release on file with the Agency before they can be interviewed, filmed or photographed.
News media are free to visit program sites that are public places or service portals; however, many program sites are also clients' homes or shelters and therefore not accessible without permission. Please check with the Senior Director of Operations first.