When she received SUNY Oswego’s Bernie Henderson Award for outstanding volunteerism at the college’s Employee Recognition and Award Ceremony in May, Carrie Izzo said she was handed the plaque by her role model.
Henderson, a retired vice president of business for the college known for his many volunteer activities, spoke when Izzo’s Leadership Oswego County class graduated in 2005.
“When they introduced him and talked about who he is and what he does, I thought: ‘That’s what I want to do,’” Izzo recalled. “So getting this award, and having him present it, that was the ultimate. It was the coolest thing.”
Izzo said she gains great satisfaction from volunteering in a variety of community-wide and campus causes.
“I’m a lifetime resident of Oswego,” she said. “I love this area. I want to help it succeed, so I just try in some way to do my part.”
Her community volunteer activities have included being a member of the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club, Literacy Volunteer tutor, Harborfest park manager and board member of Habitat for Humanity.
“The saying that really got me was the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self,’” Izzo said. “Volunteering is about serving others.”
Izzo is a program assistant for the master’s of business administration program at SUNY Oswego, helping students who are applying to or in the program with information and advancement toward the degree.
Her on-campus service includes leadership in the comprehensive Campaign for Oswego, helping with the Employee Assistance Program and serving as a building coordinator for the annual SEFA/United Way fund appeal.
She also participates in college team fundraisers for the March of Dimes and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as the Corporate Challenge. Friends and co-workers cite her upbeat spirit and example for others to get involved.
Izzo added that volunteering is something anyone can do.
“Giving back doesn’t have to be a big thing,” Izzo said. “It doesn’t take a lifetime. A little bit is sometimes all you need, and the little you can do makes a big difference.”
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VOLUNTEER HONOR—Carrie Izzo (left) receives SUNY Oswego’s Bernie Henderson Award for outstanding volunteer service from Henderson at the college’s Employee Recognition and Award Ceremony in May. Izzo, a program assistant for the master’s of business administration program, said she considers Henderson a role model. “So getting this award, and having him present it, that was the ultimate,” she said.
(Posted: Jun 13, 2007)