37.2

million Americans were living below the official poverty line in 2020.

Statement on Racially Motivated Buffalo Shooting

As an organization dedicated to preventing domestic and interpersonal violence, Opportunities for Otsego condemns violence in all forms. We remain steadfast to working alongside local, state, and federal partners to combat inequity and systematic oppression that perpetuates violence and trauma.

Opportunities for Otsego extends its support to the Buffalo community shattered by the racially motivated crime on its friends, families, and neighbors. For nearly six decades, Community Action Agencies have worked to lift up disenfranchised and marginalized persons by building loving, healthy, and safe communities across the nation. This act of hatred, and others like it, will not steer us off this path, but solidifies our commitment to making America a better place to live.

We send our condolences to the family and friends of the victims and to our Community Action brothers and sisters at the Community Action Organization of Western New York impacted personally and professionally by this tragedy.

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Learn how to help victims of this and other violent crimes 


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Community Action Agencies are helping to remove barriers and create solutions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 resources and supports. Visit OFO's one-stop COVID-19 Resource page for information on testing options, vaccine and booster appointments, and other essential resources.


About Opportunities for Otsego

Founded in 1966, Opportunities for Otsego helps alleviate poverty and fosters self-sufficiency through comprehensive and holistic client-centered services. The Agency focuses its attention on specific problems affecting the community, mobilizes resources, and creates solutions to unlock opportunities for low-income individuals and disenfranchised families. Our services encourage economic stability, social justice, and the promotion of healthy lives and families for residents of Otsego County.

Agency Mission

The leader in developing innovative solutions that promote healthy lives, thriving families, and caring communities.

Agency Vision

Our preferred future is a community that strives to alleviate poverty through collaborations that foster economic stability and social justice.

Upcoming Events

07.04.2022 - Agency Closed: OFO will be closed for Independence Day. The Emergency Housing Assistance Program and Violence Intervention Program 24-hour staffed shelters and hotlines will still be accessible for those with a need.

07.11.2022 - Happy 56th Birthday to OFO 

Open Enrollment - Head Start: Opportunities for Otsego offers year-round enrollment into the Early Head Start and Head Start program. The eligibility period for Early Head Start is pregnancy through 3 years old. To enroll in Head Start, children must turn 3 years old by December 1st of the respective school year or may enroll anytime after their 3rd birthday. For more information, contact Heather or start an application online.

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What's Happening...

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FREE COVID-19 TESTS: All U.S. residential households can order 8 free at-⁠home, rapid COVID-⁠19 tests. Tests ship for free within 7-12 days.

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UTILITY ASSISTANCE: Late payment and shut-off suspensions are expiring. If you have a past due utility bill, contact your provider ASAP and consider these assistance programs: NYSEG Energy Assistance Program, HEAP (Regular Benefit), HEAP Arrears Supplement Benefit, Low Income Household Water Assistance Program.

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NOW ENROLLING! Head Start is now enrolling for 2022-2023 program year. To enroll children must be three years old by December 1, 2021. Head Start also provides support to prenatal mothers and children up to three years old through Early Head Start. Apply online, or for more information call 607.433.8055 or visit our Eligibility page.

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TENANTS RIGHTS: Valuable resources are available for those facing eviction or other housing crises on our Housing Services page.

Annual Report

$4,973,351reinvested into the local economy through employee salaries and program services. (FY2021)

News & Events



As an organization dedicated to preventing domestic and interpersonal violence, Opportunities for Otsego condemns violence in all forms. We remain steadfast to working alongside local, state, and federal partners to combat inequity and systematic oppression that perpetuates violence and trauma.
Head Start simplifies enrollment for SNAP recipients.
Opportunities for Otsego is pleased to announce the appointment of a new President to its Board of Directors and welcomes two new members.