Nonprofit Spotlight: Bucks County Opportunity Council

IQnection Spotlight Local Nonprofits:  BCOC.orgThe Bucks County Opportunity Council works to ensure that all residents of Bucks County are able to enjoy life and all the joys that the county has to offer – including a life without poverty.

We work with low-income people who are struggling to make ends meet and want to do better. Whether on a fixed income due to age or ability or because of life hardships, we help those in need, with a hand up.

Our mission is to help low-income families in Bucks County achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency. We believe equipping people with the education, training, resources and skills necessary to permanently leave poverty is far more beneficial than helping them cope in poverty. Last year, we served nearly 9,000 people.

We prevent emergencies like eviction and utility shut-offs. Last year, we prevented over 250 evictions and found housing for 70 people who were homeless. We teach people how to budget, BCOC.orgunderstand asset development, and aid in job search and employment skills. We lower home energy bills through energy conservation and successfully weatherized more than 400 homes last year. We offer free tax preparation for low to moderate-income families and saved Bucks County residents $10.5 million value in returns, tax credits and filling fees over the last 10 years. We support 27 food pantries throughout the county and distribute 463,000 meals annually.

Our nationally recognized Economic Self-Sufficiency Program helps hard-working, motivated people gain the education, skills, and resources to thrive without any future need for welfare assistance. Since the 1990’s, 244 people have permanently left poverty. This program saves the community more than $4 of welfare subsidies for every $1 invested.

We believe that a community thrives best because all of its members thrive. Our work is a collaboration of partnerships with caring community members, businesses and friends. All that we do is only possible with the wonderful support of Bucks County.

We invite you to join us in making life better for our neighbors. Learn about our work and remarkable stories at www.bcoc.org.