Community Connections

Community Connections
 
BCOC is hiring an Economic Self Sufficiency Coach. This position is grant-funded through December 31, 2021. Apply by May 21.
 
https://www.bcoc.org/who-we-are/employment/
 
FOOD DRIVE : May 20th
 
BCOC is collecting food again on May 20th. Bring your non-perishable items to 100 Doyle Street for a trunk-to-truck no-contact drive.
Food Drive Flyer
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust our community into unprecedented territory. Many residents are wondering how to meet their most basic needs. We invite you to take a few moments to complete a short survey. Your answers will be kept confidential.
 
http://ow.ly/KiTC50zsrBa
 
Community Action in the News
 
Hayden Mittman of PB 39 came to the HELP Center in Bristol recently, to show how the United Way of Bucks County and the Bucks County Opportunity Council have created the Healthy Eating and Living Partnership Center!
WSFS Bank donates to Bucks County nonprofits for COVID-19 relief
“This grant will help us serve those affected by the crisis. There has been a big increase in the demand for food at all distribution sites and pantries plus an increase in families who need help paying rent or other emergencies,” said Joe Cuozzo, Director of Development at BCOC. Read the article here: http://ow.ly/Z3ur50zE5ou
 
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub spoke with Executive Director/CEO Erin Lukoss recently via video chat to share what we are up to in response to the pandemic. Also included is a video shot earlier this year with Kevin, a graduate of our Economic Self Sufficiency program. https://youtu.be/2Ukg4EPVFo0
 
The Opportunity Council is one of the recipients of the 500,000 Meals Challenge, along with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the Flemington Area Food Pantry, the Salvation Army of Boyertown and the Salvation Army of West Chester. Read the article.
 
Thanks to the Bucks County Emergency Management Department and 9-1-1 Dispatchers, we have another 2,000 lbs of donated food! This will be delivered to home-bound, vulnerable people in Bucks. Thank you!
 
Our friends in Langhorne Manor collected and donated 2,500 lbs of food! Thank you for organizing this community food drive- our neighbors in need are so grateful! You are #CommunityAction
Holy macaroni! Thanks to the Philadelphia Macaroni Company in Warminster for donating 3 pallets of macaroni and cheese!
 
Emergency Food Box Contact-Free Delivery
 
In order to support our most vulnerable residents of Bucks County, BCOC has piloted a home-delivery effort of emergency food boxes, for those who cannot safely leave their homes.
 
These are intended for people who are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, and unable to visit a food pantry, Fresh Connect, or grocery stores; priority is given to seniors and/or people with disabilities. This is an application; completing the form is not a guarantee of delivery. We will be fulfilling orders on a first-come, first-served basis; applications received by noon Sunday will be delivered that week; after noon Sunday, they are in the queue for the following week. For those who can safely leave their home, visit our Fresh Connect food distributions in your area, and/or a food pantry.
 
Emergency Food Box Delivery Application
 
Bucks County Opportunity Council is a proud member of the National Community Action Network. Learn more about the National Community Action Partnership at communityactionpartnership.com.
 
The Bucks County Opportunity Council is the designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for Bucks County. We are one of 42 Community Action agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and one of 1,000 across the nation! Each CAA is responsive to the needs of their own local community, and is tasked with providing targeted solutions to the issues around poverty in that community.
 
We at BCOC provide a wide range of services to enable residents to achieve Economic Self-Sufficiency, through case management, Rapid Re-housing, emergency crisis stabilization services, Street Outreach, free tax preparation, food resources, Fresh Connect, weatherization and more to Bucks County residents in need. We hope you will stand with us as our partners as we navigate the challenges of 2020, and #BeCommunityAction!