Oneida County Children Care Initiative A Huge Success

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that the Oneida County Children Care Initiative, an Oneida County Youth Bureau initiative of civic engagement implemented in 2009, successfully completed its first year. The initiative is a collaboration between the Youth Bureau and community agencies who receive funds to provide programming for youth through the Youth Bureau.

“The youth of our County are provided with invaluable life lessons through their service with these agencies,” Picente said. He added, “The intent of Oneida County Children Care was to teach our children the importance of community service through volunteerism. The services these youth volunteers delivered to the residents of Oneida County were truly remarkable.”
 
In 2009, 466 youth volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club of the Mohawk Valley, Compeer of the Mohawk Valley, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Family Services of the Mohawk Valley, Sergeant Eli Parker Youth Center, The Neighborhood Center, Thea Bowman House, Utica Municipal Housing Authority, Utica Safe Schools/ Healthy Students/The Underground Café, YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley and the YWCA gave residents of Oneida County 158 hours of volunteer service. That service included preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinners to 350 people in Rome, providing 350 Camden school-aged children with book bags and school supplies, collecting, tagging and assisting mechanics to give 225 repaired bicycles and new helmets free of charge to the youth of Utica, sending holiday cards, socializing with, planning and working at events for senior citizens and area service veterans, preparing and serving meals at Hope House, raising money and participating in the America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk and Aids Hike For Life, growing vegetables for food pantries, cleaning neighborhoods and playgrounds and the list goes on and on!
 
“Oneida County Children Care began in 2009 and we’re confident will continue to grow by teaching our youth to be involved, community conscious citizens,” Oneida County Youth Bureau Director Bob Roth said. Roth added, “If the comments from the youth volunteers are any indication, Oneida County residents will be benefitting from the wonderful life lessons youth learn at our Oneida County youth serving agencies for years to come.”