Community Connections
March 27, 2018
The mission of the Bucks County Opportunity Council is to reduce poverty, and partner with our community to promote economic self-sufficiency. Read our Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report.
Tomorrow 3/28 is Virtual #CSBG Advocacy Day!
#awiseinvestment is a nationwide campaign for community action agencies to share success stories and local impact to Congress. We hope you'll follow along on Facebook and Twitter, and share the success of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) that funds community action!
Training Opportunity
The next Bridges Out of Poverty training will be on April 9th in Chalfont from 6 - 9 PM. This is a FREE training that is open to the public! Download a flyer , or click here to register and learn more.
Thank you to Bridges training sponsors, First National Bank of Newtown, and Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP.
Mission Moment: Mental Models

A mental model is a two-dimensional drawing, or representation of information that aids us in taking abstract information to a concrete level. Mental models are helpful when exploring the concrete experiences of people in generational poverty. BCOC uses these in working with our clients to help identify their own goals and objectives. Today, Jeanine, who is a participant in our Economic Self-Sufficiency program, met with her coach Mary and drew a mental model of the things she wants for her family, followed by concrete steps toward the plan that will achieve them. Jeanine- we are behind you!
Volunteer Opportunities

Each month, BCOC delivers food boxes to seniors. We are looking for people who can pick up and deliver from our offices in Quakertown and Bristol, and Doylestown, using your own vehicle. It is a once-per-month commitment for 1-2 hours. Send us an email to let us know you'd like to help!
We are looking for two people to unload the food truck this Thursday in New Britain, from 11:15- 12:30. Lifting require. Click here to sign up to help!
SNAP for College Students
Good news! Starting March 2018, most low-income community college students can get SNAP benefits (food stamps). Until now, most students could only get SNAP if they are working 20 hours a week, receive work study, have young children, or have health problems. Because of a new policy, now Pennsylvania’s community college students who are in programs that will improve their employability can also qualify for SNAP. SNAP provides up to $192 a month in benefits to buy food at grocery stores. Click below for more information.

Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Gourmet Getaway 2018
Last Thursday, BCOC proudly displayed photos of some of our clients who received a scholarship through the Women in Business (WIB) scholarship fund. Each year, their Gourmet Getaway raises money for women age 25 and over who are continuing their education to further their careers or re-enter the workforce. 32 BCOC clients have received scholarships through WIB, and more than $133,000! Thank you to the Women in Business Committee for their support!
Bucks County Opportunity Council
100 Doyle Street
Doylestown PA 18901