shaneBecome a Community Ambassador

At OCL, we need everyone who believes in the mission and services of OCL to be our Community Ambassadors, sharing what you know and value about OCL with family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. Everyone who supports the mission of OCL to serve individuals with developmental disabilities can be a Community Ambassador.

It starts with feeling good about sharing the story of OCL’s self-directed services that focus on a person’s abilities, not disabilities, on what they want in their life, not on set programs. Ambassadors are asked to actively seek “friends” for OCL, celebrate OCL’s successes, lead people to OCL’s website, and share OCL’s facebook posts. As an OCL Community Ambassador, you can also share your thoughts on community needs and how OCL addresses those needs.

OCL’s staff, current Board of Directors and administrators work hard to be true to our mission: To empower and individually support people with developmental disabilities to live full lives as integral respected members of their community. OCL is recognized internationally for its innovative pioneering services but we still need to be better at sharing our story at home.

That’s why we need you and others to be Community Ambassadors, to accept the challenge and share OCL’s story. Let us know you’re interested by ‘liking’, commenting and sharing OCL Facebook posts with others.



Give a Donation to help those we serve 

All donations will help support OCL’s people centered approach that provides opportunities and choices in life for individuals with developmental disabilities. We use funds raised to support special requests from the people we serve for needs that are not covered by Medicaid. OCL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your contributions may be tax-deductible under U.S. law. Read more below to see how we use our gratefully received donations.

By Mail – To make a gift by check or other means, simply fill out our Donation Form and send your check to:

518 James Street, Suite 110
Syracuse, NY 13203

Please make check payable to: OCL. We will mail you a written thank you letter for your contribution.

logo_paypal_106x29Online Gifts: Donate using paypal or credit card.

To Make a one-time donation click on the DONATE button below.

To make Monthly Donations, choose an amount from the dropdown menu and click the SUBSCRIBE button below. You may also donate in honor of someone and enter their name in the text field.

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amazon-smile-logoIf you shop on Amazon, OCL can benefit from your purchases with AmazonSmile. Below is our link for Amazon Smile.  Click on the link and a percentage of what you spend will be donated to OCL. donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.You need to select OCL’s official name, Onondaga Community Living, from the list of charitable organizations to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will save your selection and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to OCL.

How Donations to OCL Benefit the People We Serve

Your donations to OCL are greatly appreciated and used wisely!

Often the individuals we support have their basic needs met through their individual budgets. But what happens when the individuals we support need assistance with things that their budgets won’t allow?

In 2014 we assisted individuals we support to get dental work done, purchase a bed rail, pay a deposit to an apartment complex, emergency vet expenses and for unplanned travel expenses, due to an unexpected medical condition. We couldn’t have done this without financial support from you and others in our community!

With your generosity we can continue to help individuals with developmental disabilities with getting meaningful things that they need to enjoy life in addition to meeting their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.

Working together we can make a difference in our Central New York community!