Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc.

Connecting People with Resources to Thrive

aka BCOC, Inc   |   Doylestown, PA   |  www.bcoc.org

Mission

The mission of the Bucks County Opportunity Council is to reduce poverty and partner with the community to promote economic self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Mrs. Erin Lukoss

Main address

100 Doyle Street

Doylestown, PA 18901 USA

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EIN

23-6406222

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BCOC is the lead anti-poverty organization in Bucks County. Our mission is to reduce poverty and partner with the community to promote economic self-sufficiency. Bucks County is a large county with over 626,000 residents. Unfortunately 6.6% of the county's residents are living at or below the federal poverty income guidelines. We are working to help meet basic needs of these individuals and families and further help them increase income through education and employment to no longer need government subsidies.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Economic Self-Sufficiency

Individualized coaching program that helps people establish goals, make a plan, and achieve self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Assist low income households with basic needs such as utility assistance, prevent eviction, move in assistance for homeless, and transportation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Home energy conservation and crisis energy response for low income individuals and families.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteer program offering free tax preparation for low income individuals and families.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Distribution and management of state and federal food in Bucks County. Operate and coordinate food donations and distributions throughout the county.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars distributed for utilities assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Housing & Emergency Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Utility assistance includes electric, gas, phone, water/sewer.

Pounds of fresh produce distributed per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Food Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Produce in pounds distributed to community of Bucks County.

Dollars saved in tax preparation fees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Totals are fees saved, refunds, and credits

Number of clients who attain economic stability within two years of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Economic Self-Sufficiency

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of households achieving self-sufficiency. Free of government subsidies, living wage income, stable housing, reliable transportation.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

18 member board - 100%

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

BCOC has created 5 Vision Benchmarks:
1. Decrease individuals and families living in poverty by 10%.
2. Eliminate hunger in Bucks County.
3. Eliminate homelessness in Bucks County.
4. Grow and diversify funding sources to be 50% privately funded.
5. Recognition as the lead social services agency in Bucks County.

Our 5 strategic priorities are:
1. Create a coalition of multiple sectors who seek to reduce poverty in the region.
2. Acknowledge milestone achievements on the path to economic stability.
3. Expand and grow the economic self-sufficiency program.
4. Grow, diversify and solidify funding sources.
5. Leverage the success of the ES model for greater recognition.

BCOC is well positioned to achieve these goals. As the lead anti-poverty organization for Bucks County with a strong board of Directors and a visionary CEO, we are engaged, involved, and leading the charge to reduce poverty in Bucks County. We have client services sites in all parts of the county and leadership in engaged and involved in tackling issues throughout the service area.
BCOC has a staff of 37, with approximately 700 volunteers. Together we tackle the most difficult issues facing people with low income - homelessness, education, employment, hunger, and living wage income.

Over the past 4 years, here are some accomplishments/highlights:
1. Achieved a balanced budget
2. Developed a mobile food market with 5 partners to reach individuals with limited access to fresh produce.
3. Acquired, renovated, and opened a community resource center for low income households.
4. Increased private revenue by 25%
5. Partnered with educational institutions to provide quality career paths for low income students.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/7/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Esq Michael Mills

AMM

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms. Kerry Shepherd

DVL

Term: 2020 - 2022

Connie Furman

First National Bank of Newtown

Charlie Quattrone

Retired

Christina McGinley

Bucks County Community College

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/07/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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