Opportunities for Otsego Announces Community Advocate Awardees

By WBNG News

Opportunities for Otsego Announces Community Advocate Awardees

March 29, 2012 Updated Mar 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM EDT

Oneonta, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) -- The Oneonta Community Health Center has been selected to receive Opportunities for Otsego’s esteemed Community Partnership Award. 

According to a news release issued Thursday:

This award is presented to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the community that positively affects low-income people and shows leadership in promoting healthy lives and thriving families.

The Oneonta Community Health Center meets an unmet need in Otsego County by providing free health services to the uninsured and other designated patient populations in Oneonta and the surrounding communities of Otsego and Delaware Counties.

“Community Partnerships, youth involvement and personal achievement embodies the vision and values of Opportunities for Otsego and as well as the spirit of Community Action” said Daniel Maskin, CEO.

Other awards to be presented are the Youth Award and a Personal Achievement Award.

The Youth Award recognizes an inspirational Otsego County youth or youth group who has made extraordinary contributions to enrich the lives of others.  Nominees must demonstrate leadership, courage, and compassion in serving the community.

The 2012 Youth Award recipient is Amy Hait, a junior at Oneonta High School.  Ms. Hait is an excellent role model for her peers; volunteering for Saturday’s Bread, the Ricky J. Parision Pit Run, the American Heart Run/Walk, and at Robynwood Adult Home.  She is a member of the Oneonta High School service club, and is involved in student council, Future Business Leaders of America, SADD, the debate team, the National Honor Society, and St. Mary’s Church youth group.   Ms. Hait has served as a mentor to other youth at the Department of Environmental Conservation Camp and through sports teams. 

The Personal Achievement award recognizes a program participant or Opportunities for Otsego staff member who has achieved a significant personal accomplishment and exemplifies the ideals
of Community Action – to transform lives, evoke the spirit of hope, and improve communities.  The 2012 recipient of the Personal Achievement Award is April Armani, a teacher at the Richfield Springs Head Start Center.  

Ms. Armani was selected for her commitment and enthusiasm to the education of young children.  Previous a Head Start parent, Ms. Armani continued her involvement with the program through her employment at Opportunities for Otsego.  She has progressed professional, working her way up from a center associate, to assistant teacher, and is now lead teacher at the Richfield Springs Head Start.  Ms. Armani’s energy, creativity, and compassion radiates not only in the classroom, but with her interactions with parents. She is revered by co-workers for her dedication to helping low-income families overcome barriers to achieving real success.  Ms. Armani is currently pursuing her Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education.      

Awards will be presented at Opportunities for Otsego annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at The Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.  The “Swing Into Spring” evening event features hors d'oeuvres and dinner, a silent auction, live music with Blues Maneuver, and swing dance demonstration and instruction with Wendy Wade from the Stanley-Wade School of Dance.  Master of Ceremonies is “Big Chuck” D’Imperio.  Reservation and additional event details are available at www.ofo2012.eventbrite.com.