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More than half the families in the United States earn $60,000 or less per year

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Opportunities for Otsego is seeking input from Otsego County residents and service providers on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted individuals and families throughout our community. Responses will help guide OFO in addressing emerging and long-term needs through federal CARES-CSBG resources. 

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COVID-19 Agency Updates

Following guidance from New York State offices, Opportunities for Otsego is operating as follows:  

Essential Services:

  • Violence Intervention Program emergency shelter services for victims of domestic violence is open and fully operational. VIP will continue to provide virtual services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. Assistance may be obtained by calling the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 607.432.4855. 
  • Opportunity House homeless shelter is open and fully operational. Persons needing emergency housing or eviction prevention services should call the Emergency Housing Assistance Program 24-hour hotline at 607.433.8318.

 

Phase One (Construction/Manufacturing):

  • Energy Services - Weatherization and Energy Opportunities - will slowly resume activities with approved plans for disinfecting, social distancing, and safety precautions.  


Remaining program offices are closed to clients; however, staff are continuing to provide services virtually:

  • WIC participants with questions or needing assistance with eWIC benefit cards may contact the program at 607.433.8071 or wic@ofoinc.org. Farmer's Market coupons are being mailed as part of regular phone appointments.
  • Building Healthy Families is fully functioning virtually.  Participants may email, call or text home visitors for general inquires and to schedule virtual home visits. To inquire about services or make a referral, call 607.434.9707 or leave a message at 607.433.8000.
  • Head Start classrooms are closed for the remainder of the program year; however, staff are continuing to enroll children for the Fall. Call 607.433.8068 or email hfay@ofoinc.org for details.
  • Other programs are continuing to work remotely and may provide assistance with program-specific needs as they arise. Questions should be directed to 607.433.8000, where callers may leave a message requesting a return phone call, of ask_ofo_@ofoinc.org.

 

OFO recommends that the community continue to adhere to NYS State Department of Health recommendations to wear a mask; maintain 6 feet of distance in public; cover coughs and sneezes; and use proper washing techniques.

Individuals who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Bassett Healthcare COVID-19 response line at 607.547.5555.

Please visit our Resources page for additional community supports.

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.

Upcoming Events

2020 Census Online Response Website is Open: Respond to your 2020 Census online at MY2020CENSUS.GOV.  The online option will be available until October 31st. If your household does not respond online, by phone or mail by August 11, 2020, an enumerator will visit your home.

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What's Happening...

Everyone in your households brings $2,000 to your community. Respond to the 2020 Census Online!  Shape your future. START HERE >Census_Whit_Transp.png

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Now Enrolling! Head Start is enrolling 3 and 4 year old children for the 2020-2021 program year.  Children must turn 3 years old by December 1, 2020 to enroll for the fall.  Centers are located in Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Laurens, Morris, Oneonta, Richfield Springs, Schenevus, and Unadilla.  For more information, call 607.433.8055 or visit our Eligibility  page.

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Otsego County Tenants’ Rights & Responsibilities Guide:  A new booklet produced by OFO's Housing Services Department, provides general information about tenants’ rights in Otsego County, NY.  Access this new valuable resource, and others, through our Housing Services page.

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Now Offering Online Homebuyer Education!  Learn if homeownership is right for you and how to prepare financially for homeownership.EHomeLogo_white_for website.png

Annual Report

92% of agency revenue is spent on programs and direct client services. (92 cents of every dollar.)

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