We welcomed ARISE staff, volunteers, participants, community partners, sponsors, elected officials, UNIQUE artists, friends, and families to celebrate this momentous occasion. Light appetizers were provided and a selection of art from the 2016 UNIQUE Art & Literary magazine was on display. Guests were also able to visit tables with information about services and programs ARISE provides in Oswego.
ARISE CEO Tania Anderson welcomed guests and described the history of ARISE’s work in Oswego County. What began as a small team working with migrant farm workers is now a team of over 150 employees offering more than 30 programs at three locations in the county.
Assemblyman Will Barclay presented a proclamation, as did David Poleto, a representative from Senator Patty Ritchie’s office. The original members of the ARISE Oswego Advisory Committee were recognized for their dedication and service.
So much of what ARISE is able to do in Oswego County is made possible because of community partners; especially our ramp program. There is no government funding for ramps in Oswego County. For well over a decade, ARISE has coordinated a program that make it possible for families in need to get a ramp. ARISE obtains donations to purchase materials and coordinates volunteers who construct, install, and remove ramps. Thanks to generous supporters, we are now able to provide more than thirty ramps each year.
At the event, the following partners received recognition for their support of the ramp program: Believer’s Chapel, Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation, Compass Credit Union, Ed Mertens & Integrated Marketing Services, Fastenal, First United Methodist Church of Fulton, First United Methodist Church of Oswego, G&C Foods, Jason Noyes, Lighthouse Lanes, Novelis, Pathfinder Bank, Oswego Elks Lodge #271, Oswego Speedway, Raby’s Ace Home Center, and SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations.
According to Sabine Ingerson, ARISE Oswego County Director, “in everything we do, we focus on making it possible for people to live, work, and play in our community. And it’s possible because of all of the great partners in the room.” We are so thankful to the Oswego community for helping us grow and for celebrating with us! We look forward to the next 20 years!