Community Connections
Bucks County Opportunity Council e-Newsletter
May is Community Action Month
A Message from our Executive Director/CEO

We are celebrating Community Action Month in May, and as the designated Community Action Agency for Bucks County, the Bucks County Opportunity Council has played a pivotal role in the community, leading efforts to reduce poverty. We couldn’t do the work we do without the generous support of many volunteers, government and civic groups, businesses, and places of worship. Because we have grown community action over the last 56 years, BCOC was able to quickly engage and organize a response during the pandemic. And we will be here long after the pandemic is gone, fighting poverty and helping our neighbors in need achieve financial independence. The road to recovery could be long for some families who were hit with job loss, sickness, and lack of child care. But we will be here helping them achieve economic stability. The work continues. Looking ahead to our 57th year of service to the community, we are planning for longevity and need your continued support. Your help directly impacts the lives of families and individuals in Bucks County. To donate or volunteer, visit www.bcoc.org.
Erin A. Lukoss, Executive Director/CEO
Volunteers Needed!

We need 3 volunteers tomorrow, Wednesday May 19th to deliver food to home bound seniors! Click here to sign up:

Our Work
Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World is a course for select participants enrolled with BCOC's case management services. The course covers 10 modules which are co-investigated by individuals in poverty, with the goal of helping people in poverty build resources, have self-sufficiency, and create stability. To understand the conditions of poverty, participants in BCOC's Getting Ahead class develop a mental model of poverty. A mental model is an internal picture, 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 experiences of people in generational poverty. Such models and images tend to exist below our awareness and can influence the way we think and act unless we consciously think about them. This model is from a recent Getting Ahead class at BCOC.
Supporting Our Work
BCOC is grateful for the wonderful support of philanthropic organizations that allow us to offer services that break the cycle of poverty and create pathways to economic self-sufficiency.

Bank of America: $15,000
Grant provides funds to help families in crisis and move them to stability and economic self-sufficiency.  

Pierce Family Foundation: $30,000
A two-year grant to increase food distribution in Bucks County.

BLBB Charitable Trust:
$100,000 +$15,000
BLBB Charitable will provide $100,000 over 4 years to support the Economic Self-Sufficiency program, and an additional $15,000 to support our work with low-income families.
Safe at Home- BCOC and NJM Teaming Up!

Through 'Safe at Home,' NJM makes an annual financial contribution to a nonprofit based on the number of runs the Thunder scores at home in regular season and playoff games. Thank you for choosing BCOC for 2021! Go Trenton Thunder!
Volunteers of the Year
 The Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) proudly announces our Volunteers of the Year, Dottie and Byron Rimmer. The Rimmers have had a long relationship with BCOC throughout their 20 years of running the New Britain Baptist Church Food Larder. BCOC values all the hard work, time, and effort the Rimmers have put in to help fight food insecurity in Bucks County.

The New Britain Baptist Church Food Larder is a choice food pantry allowing individuals to choose items they need, rather than being given the same items each visit. Dottie, the larder’s coordinator, and her husband Byron were able to form close relationships with individuals and truly understand the needs of the community. The couple made participants feel comfortable coming to get food while also connecting them to other resources throughout the county.

The couple’s dedication to feeding Bucks County residents shined through all their work, but it is time for them to move on. The Rimmers have recently retired from the larder to spend more time with their family. As they close this chapter of their lives and move onto the next, Dottie and Byron have a message for Bucks County, “Food insecurity is in Bucks County, right in our backyards and keeping food local will help us feed our neighbors.”
We want to thank the Rimmers for their dedication and persistence in the fight against hunger. Bucks County is lucky to have such dedicated volunteers in this community. We commend Dottie and Byron for their efforts and thank them for their service. They truly are heroes.
Be Community Action!
Share Your Harvest!

Excess eggplant? Too many tomatoes? You can take part in #Community Action by donating produce from YOUR garden to neighbors in need! BCOC is the lead food agency and anti-poverty organization in #BucksCounty. We're partnering with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to increase access to fresh produce while strengthening social connections in our communities. Contact Amanda Musselman at amusselman@bcoc.org to schedule your donation, or visit https://phsonline.org/for-gardeners/harvest/share-your-harvest
Become a Bridge Builder! 

A monthly gift helps us plan for the future knowing we can count on you for regular support.
  • Donations are automatically deducted every month from your credit or debit card.  
  • Your donation will go immediately to help someone in need in Bucks County.
  • You will receive a year-end statement in January for tax purposes. 

HELP Center
May's food donation theme is to collect allergy-friendly food items.

Drop off dates at the HELP Center in Bristol are Mondays 12 PM -4 PM, and Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8 AM - 12 PM.


In addition, we will have a DOYLESTOWN DROP OFF on Thursday, May 27th, from 9 AM - 3 PM.

Volunteers needed to receive and weigh donations. Register to volunteer in Doylestown on May 27th here.
Join #TeamBCOC!

Visit our website for employment opportunities at the Opportunity Council!
Bucks County Opportunity Council Inc. | www.bcoc.org | 215-345-8175