Community Connections

the newsletter of the Bucks County Opportunity Council

In this issue:

  • Join us in person for the 25th ES Graduation on April 20!
  • NEW Food Pilot Programs
  • VITA Program
  • Volunteer with BCOC
  • #TeamBCOC Highlights
  • BCOC has a new website
  • Donate Monthly & Become a Bridge Builder Today!

Join us for ES Graduation 4/20 - Seating is limited!

We’re taking the following steps to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for our guests:

  • We request that everyone attending the event be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 per CDC guidelines.
  • We’ll seat fewer guests at each 72” round table – 8 versus the usual 10. Parties of 10 may still be seated together.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue.

We continue to monitor the situation, as well as CDC and local guidelines for gatherings, and will make additional adjustments as needed.

This event will be recorded and uploaded to BCOC's YouTube Channel for those who can't attend in person.

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New Food Pilot Programs

The Fresh Connect School Produce Pilot is bringing fresh, healthy food to our hungry neighbors through select Bucks County schools.

Fresh Connect is a collaboration of Bucks County Opportunity Council, Philabundance, Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, and St. Mary Medical Center, with generous funding by United Way of Bucks County.

The new Prepared Meals Pilot Program kicked-off in February. The goal is to provide healthy, nutritious meals to participants and eliminate the stress of hunger while they are working to improve their economic stability through BCOC’s self-sufficiency programs. The meals are prepared through the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) and are delivered frozen directly to the participant's home.

This program is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Bucks County Opportunity Council and Philabundance and their Ending Hunger For Good Initiative.

Tax Time- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is here to help!


For over 15 years, BCOC has administered the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). Certified volunteers prepare tax returns (federal, state and local) for low-income Bucks County residents, at no charge. Visit our website for tax appointment eligibility information, and request a tax appointment at one of our four locations (Bristol, Warminster, Newtown and Quakertown)

Volunteer Opportunities with BCOC

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

#TeamBCOC Highlights!

BCOC knows how important it is to have a safe place to call home. Last year, BCOC prevented over 2,600 people from being evicted, and last week, AJ, our newest Self-Sufficiency Coach, saved a family from losing their home just TWO HOURS before their scheduled court date! Great work, AJ!

If you need Rent/Utility assistance, click HERE!
If you are a Homeowner and need assistance, click HERE!

"For some, the abnormal (way of living) has become normal, and they don’t see a way out. We help them see a future and re-invest in themselves.

The goal is to help them find housing as soon as possible, but, in the meantime, they are able to take showers and use laundry facilities at BCOC, and are guided toward other resources.”

Click the button below to read the rest of what Allen Johnson, BCOC's Street Outreach Case Manager, has to say about his daily work.

Read Story Here!

Executive Director/CEO Erin Lukoss speaking at the 100 Women Who Care - Bucks gathering at the Northampton Valley Country Club earlier this month about the importance of private transportation for the forward economic mobility. Erin talked about our Wheelz2Work program, that accepts donated vehicles, rehabs the cars, and gives them to a participant in our programs. The Wheelz2Work program has provided 70 families with wheels so that they can become self-sufficient.

Click here to learn more about the Wheelz2Work program!

BCOC's Website Has a New Look- Check it out!

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BCOC has updated our website with a more modern and user-friendly space.

The site features ways to connect to resources and gain assistance for those who need it.

It also includes a variety of ways for the community to get involved in BCOC's work, including donation and volunteer opportunities.

The new site also will feature blog stories to showcase the impact BCOC has on its participants and the Bucks County Community.

Take a look!

Become a Bridge Builder- Donate Monthly!

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 below. 

Questions? Contact Joe Cuozzo at 215-345-8175 x 204 or to find out more. 

Become a Bridge Builder Today!

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