The Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation, Inc.
is a public Non-Profit  501(c)3 Organization created to raise awareness of the dangers of synthetic drugs/bath salts, to advocate for stronger legislation against synthetics for the health and safety of young people, and to educate individuals and/or organizations in advocating for or providing services to the mentally ill, homeless and/or low income youth in Oswego County.
The VOW Foundation was named in honor of Victor Orlando Woolson who died, at the young age of 19, in August, 2012, from a fatal reaction to synthetic marijuana also known as K2/Spice, packaged as incense.  He purchased the product legally in a store in Oswego, NY, AFTER bans were in place by the Health Department, the Federal Government and the State of New York.  


Victor graduated Mexico High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma. He had 4 years in the Marine Core Jr. R.O.T.C. and was contemplating a career in law enforcement. He was enrolled in his second year of College at Cayuga Community College in Fulton, NY, for Criminal Justice and he had a part-time job.



Victor was your average happy-go-lucky teenager who had many friends. He was not only a great friend, but he was also a youngest child, a baby brother, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle and a grandson. His life ended too quickly. 



Each package of synthetic drugs are different; trying them just once is like playing Russian-Roulette with your life.  Synthetic marijuana is poison sprayed on leaves – highly toxic!!!



Victor’s initials are V.O.W.   We VOW to help in this war against synthetics.  Synthetics are a “Major Crisis” as the DEA Agent in a Press Conference (June 2013) announced. Parents, relatives and friends need to be aware of the dangers of these poisons.  PLEASE educate yourself and pass on the information to others!




Check out the plentiful amount of information on this site for more details about synthetics, useful resources and video links, news articles, upcoming events, blog postings, as well as words from Victor’s loved ones.


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Yhe VOW Foundation is a 501(c)3

non-profit charitable organization

Incorporated in 2013

IRS TAX ID Number is 30-0788359

NYS Sales Tax Exemption Number is EX-258569


Teresa Woolson, President

Phone:  (315) 402-6119





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