This year’s bowling tournament and fundraiser will be held April 14 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton beginning at 11:00 a.m. The theme for the OCO Bowl of Fun is “Hooray for Hollywood! – Bowl A Strike Against Homelessness” and proceeds will support efforts to help the homeless.
With Oswego County being significantly higher than the state average for children and youth suffering abuse and maltreatment OCO’s youth shelter may be the only place to turn to for help. Last year OCO’s Runaway and Homeless Youth program provided 147 unaccompanied youth with more than 3,000 meals as well as clothing, hygiene products, and shelter. OCO’s Youth Shelter has had a positive effect on the lives of those it serves. Last year approximately a third of those that visited OCO’s Youth Shelter reunited with their family. Fifteen entered PATH, OCO’s transitional living program for youth, while other unaccompanied youth found their own apartment or are now staying with friends.
“Homelessness brings to mind a picture of people sleeping in boxes and living under bridges,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. “In Oswego County, we are more likely to have individuals and families who are constantly on the move, couch surfing in one friend’s home until they wear out their welcome and need to find another friend or family member to take them in.”
Homelessness makes meeting even the most basic needs of daily life extremely difficult, Cooper-Currier continued. “Without an address, you can’t apply for a job, enroll in school, or receive your mail. You’re at the mercy of Oswego County’s often harsh weather, and your children don’t have a secure place to sleep.” Also, homeless youth face a greater risk of abuse, neglect, maltreatment, victimization, lack of services and homelessness as adults.
OCO’s “Hooray for Hollywood!” Bowl-A-Fun promises to be an afternoon of fun for all. There will be a variety of music, activities, entertainment, raffles, prize drawings and more. There will be one flight of bowling; beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. Registration is $500 per team.
Space for teams is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Team registration is now open and those interested may do so online at www.oco.org. Sponsorship and corporate team opportunities are also available.
For more information visit www.oco.org or contact the OCO main office at 315-598-4717.
OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 100 separate locations. For more information, visit www.oco.org.