The Bucks County Opportunity Council is the designated Community Action Agency (CAA) for Bucks County, Pennsylvania. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and the lead anti-poverty organization in the county.
Federal funding is provided through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. It provides core funding to BCOC to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and empower low-income families to become self-sufficient.
As a designated Community Action Agency, BCOC is required to collect, analyze and report on the ourcomes of our programs and services. CAA's use Results Oriented Management and Accountability, or ROMA, a performance-based initiative designed to preserve the anti-poverty focus of community action and to promote greater effectiveness among CAA's.
The Bucks County Opportunity Council is guided by the six national, broad anti-poverty goals :
Goal 1: Low-income people become more self-sufficient.
Goal 2: The conditions in which low-income people live are improved.
Goal 3: Low-income people own a stake in their community.
Goal 4: Partnerships among supporters and providers of service to low- income people are achieved.
Goal 5: Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results.
Goal 6: Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems.
BCOC is a member of the National Community Action Partnership, and the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about the Community Action network through NASCSP, the National Assoication of State Community Services Programs.