FULTON, NY – The Richard S. Shineman Foundation has donated $250,000 to Catholic Charities of Oswego County, (CCOC) it was announced by Steve Frawley, CCOC board president. The donation will go directly toward the renovation of CCOC’s new location, the former Cayuga Community College and Center for Instruction Technology and Innovation (CiTi) site on West Broadway.

Shineman Foundation Donates

“We are extremely grateful for this donation from the Shineman Foundation,” Frawley said. “ It gives us a tremendous boost toward the $1.5 million we are raising with our 2017 capital campaign. When you add this to the  $500,000 grant we have received from NY State, we have a $750,000 start on reaching our goal.” CCOC will be conducting its capital campaign through the end of March 2020.

“Our foundation is amazed by how much CCOC has done for the community in the past decade,” said Karen Goetz, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. “In this new location, CCOC will multiply their effectiveness and outreach. We are thrilled to be able to assist them in kicking off their capital campaign and we urge individuals, businesses and community organizations to join us in contributing to it.”

“A variety of “naming” opportunities are available,” Executive Director Mary-Margaret Pezzela-Pekow said. Among these are the Gymnasium, Community Room, Activity/Game Room, Food Pantry, Store/Boutique, Independent Living Skills Center, and more. “This gives local businesses and individuals the chance to put their name in front of the thousands of people CCOC serves who will be using the facility or who will be clients of our programs,” she said. “We have prepared a complete packet of information that shows the floor plan and naming locations, as well as a variety of ways donations can be pledged or paid.

“People will be making an investment in our new location, but ultimately, they are bringing hope and transforming the lives of thousands in our county.” For information, visit, their Facebook page, or contact Mary-Margaret Pezella-Pekow at, 598-3980.

The 80,000 sq. ft. building was donated to CCOC by Michael J. Falcone, chairman emeritus and founder of The Pioneer Companies. Pioneer also donated the cost of asbestos removal, which totaled approximately $70,000, said Pezella-Pekow. The building is assessed at $3.3 million.

“The building is owned by the Diocese of Syracuse, but we will have full use,” Pezzela-Pekow said. “Starting in July, we will be relocating about 80 employees who are extremely crowed in the 32,000 sq. feet at our current 365 W. First Street location. We’ll have more than double the space we have now and be fully accessible.”

All of the services CCOC has now will continue at its new location, which will also include a multi-use community room that is under construction. CCOC expects to move into the new location in summer 2017. In the meantime, all services and activities will continue at its present location.

“It’s also important to note that Pioneer is working with us to find a developer or buyer for the West First Street building that was once part of the American Woolen Mill,” Frawley said. “We will work diligently with them to find a new owner and purpose for the building.”

“Catholic Charities was founded in 1930 and has expanded its agency with many programs and services that have touched thousands of children, families and individuals throughout Oswego County,” Pezella-Pekow said. “Generous gifts and donations to Catholic Charities have supported more than 160,000 children, women and men in need, and our new location will enable us to expand our reach and serve more people in our county than ever before.”