Community Connections, the newsletter of the Bucks County Opportunity Council

Happy Fall from #TeamBCOC! In this issue:


  • Disaster Resource Center- new location
  • October is Energy Awareness Month
  • Food Program Updates

Disaster Recovery Center- NEW LOCATION

A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resource center for Bucks County residents and businesses affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida opened last week.


NEW LOCATION as of 10/4:


BCOC as well as many other resources will be available at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Calvary Church, 820 Souderton Road, Hilltown Township.


https://www.buckscounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=231

 

10/4 Monday hours – 10 AM – 4:30 PM

10/5 Tuesday hours – 10 AM – 7 PM

10/6 Wednesday hours – 10 AM – 4:30 PM

10/7 Thursday hours – 10 AM – 7 PM

10/8 Friday hours – 10 AM – 7 PM

10/9 Saturday hours – 10 AM – 5 PM

October is Energy Awareness Month

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October is Energy Awareness Month, and National Weatherization Day is October 30. Let's raise awareness of energy-saving possibilities and support the Weatherization Assistance Program, a high-impact, long-term solution for energy efficiency specifically for low-income families! BCOC has been the weatherization & heating crisis provider for low-income Bucks County families for more than 45 years. Find out if you are eligible for a free energy audit, contact cdeguzman@bcoc.org or 215-536-5491.


Check out this Home Energy Checklist and see what you can do to save energy and $$ in your home today!


BCOC is hiring an Entry Level HVAC/Home Energy Auditor. Visit our website for more information.

Food Program Updates

Doylestown Farmers' Market now accepting SNAP

The Doylestown Farmers Market is now accepting SNAP/ EBT benefits!

In addition the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance (BCFA) will be offering a matching incentive program. For every $5 that a customer spends, it will be matched with $2 in SNAP dollars. Saturdays through November 20, 2021, 8 am – 1 pm. Located on South Hamilton Street between West Oakland Avenue and West State Street. For more information, visit https://doylestownfarmersmarket.bucksfoodshed.org/

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Quakertown FREE Farmer's Market 10/5


Free fresh produce on Tuesday, October 5th!


Where: Quakertown Elementary School, 123 S. 7th Street, Quakertown.


When: 12PM- 6PM, Tuesday 10/5


Who: Residents of the Quakertown School District


Bring your own bags!


Click the image for a flyer to print and share.

Doylestown Borough & BCOC Food Drive


On Friday October 15th, 2021 BCOC is partnering with Doylestown Borough for a Food Drive to benefit Bucks County families in need.


Drive through and donate at William Neis Park, adjacent to Doyle elementary School from 10 AM - 1 PM


Food Drive Flyer (PDF)


Or donate online! Choose Food Program under "I would like to support:"


"Their Produce Is Pristine Enough for Picky Chefs. But They Give It Away."

- The New York Times


A big shout out to Bucks County's own Steve Tomlinson, owner of Carversville Farm, whose generosity was covered by the New York Times recently. The 388-acre certified-organic farm provides nonprofit food providers - including Bucks County Opportunity Council - with top-quality vegetables, poultry, beef and eggs; they donate over ninety percent of their harvests to Philadelphia-area soup kitchens and food pantries.

Read the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/24/dining/pennsylvania-carversville-farm-food-donation.html


Thank you Carversville Farm Foundation!

Learn more about them here.

Monthly Giving

It all adds up! A monthly gift can help a low-income family with childcare needs, rent. or make a birthday special. Become a Bridge Builder today, sign up to be a monthly donor HERE. Questions? Contact Joe Cuozzo at 215-345-8175 x 204 or jcuozzo@bcoc.org to find out more.  

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