Over 8,000 People & 3,500 Households Served in Bucks County

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Our mission is to help low-income people in Bucks County achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency through participation in a personalized case management approach founded on education and partnership with the community.

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Adopt a Pantry is going on right now through the end of May

You can drop off non-perishable food items throughout the county in the following locations:

Any Action Karate - Feasterville, Jamison, Newtown New Britain

First Federal of Bucks County - Floral Vale Office

Any Go Bananas - Frozen Yogurt location - New Britain, Richboro, Southampton

John Kennedy Ford - Feasterville

National Penn Bank locations - Cross Keys, Doylestown, New Britain, New Hope

New York Life - Horsham Office

State Representative Marguerite Quinn's office

State Senator Chuck McIlhinney's office

US Post Office Mechanicsville

May is National Community Action Month! The Opportunity Council changes lives, and strives to create comprehensive solutions to poverty in our communities. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter and share- #BeCommunityAction

Today's Community Action #MIssionMoment: Living in ‪pPoverty‬ means having to do without money for basic needs, but it also means not having money to save for emergencies, or to invest in the future. We love National Penn Bank for contributing to our Matched Savings program! The program encourages saving, and matches saved funds toward assets that promote economic self-sufficiency, such as a car or housing. Many of our families have benefited from this outstanding program. Thank you National Penn for being Community Action! ‪#‎BeCommunityAction‬

Training Opportunity

“Bridges Out of Poverty” Presented by Bridges Certified Instructor


Tammy B. Schoonover, ACSW, LSW BCOC Director of Training


May 29, 2015


9:00 am —3:00 pm

Change of Venue

The Almshouse at Neshaminy Manor Center

4th Floor Conference Room

1282 Almshouse Road

Doylestown, PA  18901


Do you ever research why it is so difficult to help families move out of poverty? If your organization or business works with people from poverty, learn how a deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths will help you partner with them and create greater opportunities for them to succeed.


Bridges out of Poverty training will provide you with practical, useful tools that will help you:


  • Build better and more effective relationships with persons in poverty
  • Learn how economic class and their hidden rules affect behaviors and mindsets
  • Learn what key resources, besides financial, help move a person out of poverty
  • Empower your communication skills by learning the importance of language registers, discourse patterns and story structure
  • Learn how the impact of mental models can help you build enhanced interventions
  • Learn how to engage a unique strength of people in poverty — their role as problem solvers
  • Learn the four areas of poverty research, three of which move beyond the “behaviors of the individual,” providing a balanced understanding of the causes of poverty

Also learn intervention focus that helps people leave poverty, as opposed to cope in poverty.


Cost is $30 per person (payable to BCOC), includes hand-outs


Seating is limited. Early registration is recommended.


To secure registration, please email: Amanda Gruver ~ agruver@bcoc.org