saratoga eoc
 
SaratogaEOC

Welcome

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.’s (EOC) website.  We are the federally designated community action agency for Saratoga County.  The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 established community action agencies during Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty in an effort to, “mobilize the human and financial resources of the Nation to combat poverty in the United States."  President Johnson’s intention was to "eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of the plenty in this Nation by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity."

Almost fifty years later, we still are combating poverty.  Despite the fact that Saratoga County ’s median income continues to rise faster than that of any other area in the Capital District, the number of people living below the poverty level in Saratoga County has increased to over 16,000.  While a third are children, over half the adults who are below the poverty level are employed.  This year, the poverty level for a family of three is $24,738.00 (or less) per year, or just $476.00 per week before taxes.

Many of our customers work in low wage jobs, usually with no benefits.  Some of our customers are mentally or physically challenged and unable to work.  We administer a variety of programs to empower low-income individuals and families to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to work towards self-sufficiency.  We have 150 dedicated staff and more than 50 core volunteers to work diligently to help the less fortunate in these goals.

Under the EOC umbrella, we offer: 

  • Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program for pregnant moms and children under five, which offers nutritional counseling and restricted food vouchers
  • Head Start Program, including Early Head Start for children under five and their families, which provides education, nutrition, health and mental health services
  • Weatherization program, which provides energy conservation measures to homes of the low-income
  • Emergency Food Pantry and a seven day a week Community Lunch Program providing food to those in need
  • Crisis and Family Development services, advocacy, referral and long term goal setting
  • Latino Community Advocacy Program, which provides English as a Second Language classes and advocacy.

I invite you to take the time to read about each of our programs in more detail.

How can you help?  We rely on many volunteers and can use your help if you are able to donate your time.  Please contact Dottie Sellers at 518-288-3206 who can connect you with the program area of your interest or click here to fill out the volunteer form.

If you wish to make a monetary contribution, we are a 501 (c) 3 private non-profit corporation and your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  You can also look us up on Guide Star, at www.guidestar.org, which provides information on registered charities.

Your participation and feedback is very important to us; please feel free to contact me at 518-288-3206 with any concerns or questions you may have.