I've met with several beneficiaries of this program. Young adults from underprivileged backgrounds, who had no chance of getting into college. Then this organization showed them that they could not only get in, but stay in, get support, personal, financial and material, and GRADUATE. This program has been a life changer for over 5000 kids, with one of the highest success rates in New York State and the nation, for actually making it happen, not just proposals and administrative theories.
On Point for College is an organization which literally started out of the trunk of the director's car as she helped her daughter and then her daughter's friends, and then friends of friends to navigate all the problems of getting into and then succeeding in college. I have spent many hours for a number of years now driving students to colleges throughout New York for On Point. I have been to New York City, Albany, Plattsburg, Potsdam, Rochester, Buffalo, Jamestown, Oneonta, and many other places, and each trip has been a joy. I highly recommend this organization as a place to volunteer especially is you enjoy driving and I also recommend it as a place to give supplies for college students. On Point helps students prepare for college, get into college, obtain the clothing and bedding they'll need at college, travel back and forth to school, and even to obtain a good job after graduating. This is an organization which cares for each person it helps by visiting them at school to be sure things are going well and by having 'angels' at many of the schools throughout New York who can address a students needs on the spot when an emergency occurs.
On Point for College is a wonderful organization that assists students and families with all of the logistics of college enrollment from the initial application, completion of detailed financial aid forms, to insuring that students are settled with books, warm clothing and all they need to succeed. I have worked directly with the founder, Ginny Donohue, on several occasions, and she is one of the most compassionate and kind individuals that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She personally laid the foundation for this endeavor by helping a few of her children's friends with college and financial aid applications She soon saw a real need in the Syracuse, New York area to provide this type of assistance free of charge to students who had the potential and motivation to enter College, but who needed help to complete all of the logistics that entering college involves. As the Bursar at Herkimer County Community College, Ginny and her staff send several students to our campus, as well as colleges and universities all over the country. Recently, they will also have another office in the Utica area so that they can assist more deserving students. We at HCCC work closely with On Point Counselors, and On Point students, and have witnessed personally many student success stories. Their organization also takes the time to honor others that assist their students, as two of us on our campus have received their "Campus Angel" awards for assistance to the students that they mentor. They do an excellent job and are worthy of any honor that is bestowed upon them.
I can't say enough about On Point and their staff! They assisted my daughter with travel, books, and guidance during a very crucial period of adjustment. My daughter's freshman year came with some unexpected tradegies with the deaths of her grandfather,classmate, and good friend. On Point not only provided the academic support but also expressed the personal care that was much needed during this very difficult time. Sam Rowser is a great leader that is committed to On Point being a outstanding resource for our community. I hope On Point is around for many generations to come, continuing the exceptional support and guidance for our students pursing a college education!
On Point for College is one of the most caring and effective college access programs in the country! The founder and CEO, Ginny Donohue, has the gift and skills to find the right people to work with the students. The staff are a professional, knowledgeable, loving group that works tirelessly to encourage high school students to consider college, helps them with their applications, finds financial support, provides school and dorm essentials, visits, mentors and counsels them along the way, and helps them find summer jobs and jobs after graduation. Moreover, On Point helps these young people increase undertanding of the incredibly precious people they are! I have had the privilege of being an enthusiastic volunteer driver and donor for nearly three years and have met over 75 On Point students. I see them developing a strong sense of personal responsibility (instead of dependency), an attitude of gratitude (instead of entitlement), and a heart to give back by working with younger students! On Point serves the students, the community and the country! It has been an indescribable privilege, joy and blessing to get to know and serve these students! Paul
This organization shines in our community of Syracuse, N.Y.The vision seems to include doing anything necessary, to assist these young people to realize their potential. Whether the need is high school outreach,college visits,application process,tutoring, summer jobs placement or transportation- On Point encompasses the whole picture. Staff have a can-do attitude, and they will do whatever it takes to assist youth in the program. I feel honored to volunteer to drive these young people back and forth from local colleges. Just think- many of these youth are the first in their families to attend college. They are our future, and their willingness to strive to reach their full potential- is something that I admire personally, and benefits our entire community
I've had the good fortune of being involved with this community changing organization for almost 12 years. Ginny Donohue the founder and current CEO has built a non profit operation that has changed the lives of over 1200 inner city children. I have personally mentored, driven, and assisted many young people so that they could go to college and achieve their dreams. The number of involved children grows every year. Grants and recognition have come from all over the country. This is one outstanding outfit! Marty L.
It has been so inspiring to see this organization grow to reach and impact so many youth since its inception. Ginny Donohue's passion and vision have fueled this growth, and now this organization is being viewed as a model in other other parts of the country. Ginny has the ability to attract professionals to OPFC who are talented and who share her passion for the mission. Sam Rowser and the rest of the team are dedicated and hard-working. I have observed their caring and sacrifice to serve their students and prospects, frequently going above and beyond. As a donor and volunteer, I am proud to support the work of this amazing organization, and invite you to do the same. Leslie Rose McDonald
On Point for College in Syracuse, NY is the best thing going for Syracuse Youth that are trying to move forward. They assist families and youth to get ready, get into, drop off and pick up our children so that they can keep their family connections while going to school. My son and I thank them so very much for all that they have done for our family and we would recommend this program to any family that meets their criteria exspecially low income families. We need you and thank you.
This is by far one of the best organizations I have ever been involved with. Ginny and her staff go above and beyond for each one of these students.