Science Matters, the campus science club, sponsored a “Jailhouse Rock” benefit to raise awareness of need in the community and to raise funds for local food pantries. According to Jean Siracusa, the club's advisor, club members “arrested” instructors and staff and set bail at $25 in donations for each “jailbird.” The event, said Siracusa, was “a cooperative effort to show that a lot of people doing small things individually can collectively make a significant positive impact.”
Club members chose to focus this year's benefit on supporting food pantries through Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and hope to make their fund-raising campaign an annual event.
“We are very thankful for this generous donation,” said Judy Egan, coordinator of the emergency services program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County. “With the demand that our food pantry receives at the holiday season, this donation is greatly appreciated.”
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County's programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego, and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.