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Generous gift helps OCO
meet increased demand for services

Former Oswego resident Sue Downey recently presented OCO with a gift of $100,000. Now retired, Downey spent 31 years teaching in the Liverpool school district.  Born and raised in Oswego, Downey is well aware of OCO and the tremendous impact its programs have on the lives of those they serve. 

“As a teacher I realize the importance of OCO’s Discovery Learning Center and Head Start programs,” said Downey.  “The sooner we are able to have children in a stable learning environment the greater their development will be.  OCO’s youth programs help make that possible.”

While Downey praised OCO’s youth programs she was equally impressed with the agency’s health services programs, which help individuals and families navigate the complexities of the health care system, as well as OCO’s other human services programs.  “OCO’s efforts touch the lives of people in need of all ages.    That is what inspired me to offer this gift with no restrictions.  OCO’s leaders are true professionals.  They are in the front line doing great work and they know where the most need lies.  Working with bare bones budgets as they do, they will be able to use the money in a way that will benefit the most people.  I’m fortunate that I am able to bestow a gift to such a worthy cause as OCO,” said Downey.

“We are very appreciative of Ms. Downey’s generous gift, especially at this time of year when there is an increased demand for many of our programs,” said Margaret Barclay, OCO Development Coordinator.  “The flexibility that Ms. Downey has allotted us with her gift ensures that her wish of helping as many individuals and families as possible will come true.”


OCO participates in Subaru 'Share the Love' Campaign

Through the Subaru "Share the Love" event, from now to January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer's choice of the four national charities with a minimum guarantee of $250,000. In addition to these partners, Subaru retailers have selected more than 660 hometown charities for their customers to support as well. Participation in Subaru’s Share the Love event is an excellent way to increase awareness of OCO Nutrition Services and raise additional funds to benefit OCO's home delivered meal program. For more information, please contact Nutrition Services at 315-598-4712.


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This is a season for giving and sharing. That's how the #GivingTuesday movement was born! November 29 may be past, but there is still time to make a gift that will help feed the hungry, house the homeless, protect the vulnerable, empower the powerless, support those in crisis, and much more. Check out this video about what it means to be a friend to OCO: Play Video

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