Community Connections

Bucks County Opportunity Council's e-newsletter

April is National Volunteer Month, and here at BCOC we know the value of our volunteers! They are Community Action, and make it possible for us to reduce poverty and partner with the community to promote Economic Self Sufficiency.

Summer Farming Opportunities and Internships

Exciting news- We are once again going to have volunteer opportunities at Bucks County Farms; field work that we hope will provide between 30,000-40,000 pounds of produce for Bucks County families in need. Hope of the Harvest Charitable Garden is a partnership with Delaware Valley University to harvest local produce grown on their campus to local families in need. In addition, we're partnering with a private farm in New Hope grow and donate. Both projects rely on volunteer support.

New Hope Farm

We're putting together a group of 20 people to farm weekly, 1-2 days each week, for up to 20 weeks of the growing season. This will be an ongoing opportunity from May until September. Volunteers will be 18 or over (no children allowed); commit to at least 10 weeks during the growing season, complete a volunteer application and waiver form, and a PA State background clearance for BCOC. 

Pre-season prep work in the fields begins in April, if you are interested in coming out for one day or more this month to do field prep, you can also sign up here:

It's baaack- Hope of the Harvest Charitable Garden! On the grounds of Delaware Valley University, fruits and vegetables are being planted and harvested to feed our friends and neighbors in need. Community partners have collaborated to provide Bucks County food pantries with locally grown, healthy produce to supplement the non-perishable goods they distribute. This charitable initiative, known as Hope of the Harvest, has produced over 115,000 pounds of food for BCOC since its inaugural growing season in 2012

PLUS! BCOC is offering 2 summer internships available within the Food Program- Please share widely!

Charitable Garden Internship

Spend your summer mornings in the field of Bucks County farms, to get local produce to families in need, as the Summer Charitable Garden Intern:

Fresh Connect Summer Outreach Intern

The Fresh Connect Intern will also help to coordinate our thrice-weekly farmer's market:

Apply today! For more information, contact Amanda Musselman at

Summer Internships with BCOC

MORE Volunteer Opportunities with BCOC

Admin support for BCOC Food Program

Contact senior recipients of the food box program in April. These calls can be done anytime during the day, at our office or from home. Each "slot" is about 20-25 calls. You can sign up for as many as you would like, each should take about 1-2 hours. Once you register, we will send you a call list and script!

Sign up here:

BCOC is providing energy education kits to recipients of our weatherization services. Volunteers are needed to contact and schedule delivery, and to make delivery of the kits to homes. For deliveries in Central and Upper Bucks County, the kits will be picked-up in Doylestown. For deliveries in Lower Bucks, the kits will be picked up at the HELP Center in Bristol. Learn more and sign up: Energy Education Kit Distribution


Volunteers are needed to assist with completing rent rebate applications for residents of a low-income housing facility in Warminster on April 27. Training will be provided for those who have not done these before. Learn more and sign up: Rent Rebate applications for residents of Charter Arms in Warminster

Volunteer Information

Bridges Out of Poverty Training May 17

On May 17th from 9am-3pm, join Tammy Schoonover for our FREE virtual Bridges Out of Poverty training session. You will learn strategies for improving outcomes for people living in poverty and much more!

Click the link below to register:



Get the highest possible tax donation because donated vehicles are given to families in need. Your donation will change lives. Questions? Contact Eileen Albillar at 215-345-8175 x 209 or to find out more. 


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