The number of people benefiting from OFO services in 2022.

Our Reach

Opportunities for Otsego has been an important part of our community and instrumental in improving the lives of low-income families in Otsego County since 1966. From homelessness to domestic violence, from sexual assault to home energy improvements, from early childhood education to supplemental nutrition, Opportunities for Otsego has lead the charge in developing innovative solutions that promote healthy lives, thriving families and caring communities.

Over the years the face of poverty has changed, and during these difficult economic times, the problems faced by low-income households have multiplied. Most families served by Opportunities for Otsego are employed and struggling to make ends meet. They work in our supermarkets, school districts, local businesses and local governments and are the backbone of our community.

Over the period October 2021 through September 2022, Opportunities for Otsego supported 3,238 individuals from 1,154 households residing in communities across Otsego County.

Our Impact

A summary of client outcomes achieved through the support of OFO programs:

  • 120 Preschoolers were deemed developmentally ready to begin kindergarten after participation in Head Start and UPK.
  • 408 Caregivers strengthened their family unit through improved access to community resources.
  • 491 Caregivers exhibited improved parenting skills and family functioning.
  • 777 Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers exhibited positive growth and development through access to healthy food and nutrition education.
  • 173 Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers were up-to-date on recommended medical screenings, dental care, and immunizations.
  • 273 Crime victims had their safety assured by receiving emergency protection from violence.
  • 250 Low-income children were gifted new winter coats.
  • 47 Homeless households were provided safe, emergency housing at the agency homeless and domestic violence shelters.
  • 28 homeless households secured affordable, permanent housing.
  • 106 Low-income households had reduced energy costs, increased disposable income and improved health as a result of energy efficiency and weatherization measures.

During FY2022, Opportunities for Otsego received additional funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to address the social, emotional, and economic well-being of individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Investments included:

  • Technology upgrades and software to ensure continuity of client assistance and to monitor staff wellness.
  • Health and safety supplies (e.g. HEPA air filters and purification systems, thermometers, face masks, disinfectants, rapid antigen tests).
  • Curriculum, books, supplies and summer camperships to support infant, toddler and preschooler mental health.
  • Grocery store gift cards to alleviate food insecurity.
  • Green energy workforce development training materials and supplies.
  • Outreach and activities to recruit clients and potential employees.
  • Staff mental health activities, wellness events, and training opportunities.

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