million Americans were living below the official poverty line in 2020.

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Community Action Agencies are helping to remove barriers and create solutions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 resources and supports.  Visit OFO's one-stop COVID-19 Resource page for information on testing options, vaccine and booster appointments, and other essential resources.

About Opportunities for Otsego

Founded in 1966, Opportunities for Otsego helps alleviate poverty and fosters self-sufficiency through comprehensive and holistic client-centered services. The Agency focuses its attention on specific problems affecting the community, mobilizes resources, and creates solutions to unlock opportunities for low-income individuals and disenfranchised families. Our services encourage economic stability, social justice, and the promotion of healthy lives and families for residents of Otsego County.

Agency Mission

The leader in developing innovative solutions that promote healthy lives, thriving families, and caring communities.


Upcoming Events

05.14.2022 - Community Baby Shower: Building Healthy Families is excited to bring back their annual Community Baby Shower.  This event offers pregnant and new parents the opportunity to meet with community providers and gather information about pregnancy, birth,breastfeeding, fatherhood, babies, and beyond. Free gifts, prizes, games and presentations. The event is being held at the Southside Mall in Oneonta from 10AM-2PM.

05.20.2022 - Agency Staff Event: Access to agency services will be limited from 11AM-2PM for a Staff Appreciation event. Hotlines and shelters still available.

Open Enrollment - Head Start: Opportunities for Otsego offers year-round enrollment into the Early Head Start and Head Start program. The eligibly period for Early Head Start is pregnancy through 3 years old. To enroll in Head Start, children must turn 3 years old by December 1st of the respective school year or may enroll anytime after their 3rd birthday. For more information, contact Heather or start an application online.

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What's Happening...


FREE COVID-19 TESTS: All U.S. residences can order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Tests are completely free and will usually ship in 7-12 days.


UTILITY ASSISTANCE: Late payment and shut-off suspensions are expiring. If you have a past due utility bill, contact your provider ASAP and consider these assistance programs: NYSEG Energy Assistance ProgramHEAP (Regular Benefit), HEAP Arrears Supplement BenefitLow Income Household Water Assistance Program.  


NOW ENROLLING! Head Start is now enrolling for 2021-2022 program year. To enroll children must be three years old by December 1, 2021. Head Start also provides support to prenatal mothers and children up to three years old through Early Head Start. Apply online, or for more information call 607.433.8055 or visit our Eligibility page.


TENANTS RIGHTS: Valuable resources are available for those facing eviction or other housing crises on our Housing Services page.

Annual Report

$4,973,351reinvested into the local economy through employee salaries and program services. (FY2021)

News & Events

Head Start Simplifies Enrollment

Posted by ofo_admin on May 6, 2022

OFO Board Appoints New President

Posted by ofo_admin on February 28, 2022

Director to Lead Southern Tier Homeless Coalition

Posted by ofo_admin on February 14, 2022