Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Powers


What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF?

I’ve always been aware of the Otsego County Community Foundation, but I became involved when The Dharma Squad took on the project of moving the skate park to the Sportsplex. I realized that OCCF was an organization that could help and encourage a project or group.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?

I feel they bring organization to the funds and projects in the county. OCCF is able to address local needs that aren’t being served by existing resources. I like that smaller 501©(3) organizations and programs have an opportunity to receive funds.

What’s it like to volunteer for the OCCF?

So many projects and activities rely on volunteers in Otsego County and OCCF is certainly does, too. It’s a good feeling to know I am playing a part to make the 100+ Women Who Care project successful as an ambassador of the program.

What OCCF committees have you been involved with?

So far, just 100+ Women Who Care and the skate park.

What do you hope the organization will achieve soon? In the long term?

The short term goal right now is the continued success of 100+ Women Who Care. I feel a long term goal would be to find more ways to expand our influence.

Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?

I always count on my close friends for support and encouragement in whatever I do. More recently, I have come to view Mary Tomaski as an inspiration.

What do you wish other people knew about OCCF?

That there are so many ways (both small and large) that people can become involved and be a part of something much larger than just themselves.

Do you have a message to share?

100+ Women Who Care has already had a huge impact on our community. I find it incredible that 100+ women giving 1 hour and $100 can impact our county by helping organizations to achieve their goals and, at the same time, strengthen the foundation. The program is one hour of one evening, and you will leave feeling very positive and so good about what you have been a part of.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering for OCCF?

It’s truly a huge part of Otsego County. Talk with Dana Bensinger or Karin Beyer at the OCCF office.

Short Bio

Has lived in Gaylord since 1992

Retired educator, 34 years as a teacher and principal

Am presently an Otsego County Commissioner

Facilitate a program for OCCOA called Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Member of the Gaylord First United Methodist Church

Member of the Gaylord Elks