History

In 1964, Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act, which led to the establishment of a network of Community Action Agencies at the local level to alleviate the impact of poverty in communities and help individuals, children and families of low income to become self-sufficient and improve the quality of their lives. Each local EOC is governed by a board of directors comprising local businesses, government and community representatives, and is supported in part by public funds. In the Nation, there are approximately 1,100 Community Action Agencies (CAA) and in NYS, there are 51 designees. Saratoga County EOC is one of those 51 CAA’s and we serve beside them all to support the residents of NYS in efforts to be sustainable.

EOC has been the community action agency in Saratoga County for over 42 years and has incorporated many programs such as the Community Lunch Program, Latino Community Advocacy Program (LCAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Head Start, Early Head Start, Weatherization, Crisis and Family Development, a Food Pantry, and holiday programs.

SCEOC has helped thousands of families help themselves.

Mission

EOC is the designated anti-poverty agency for Saratoga County, dedicated to providing and promoting opportunities for individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency.

Goals

A. Agency Theme Goals: EOC will maintain a healthy, viable organization by ensuring effective management, board engagement, leadership, staff diversity, professional development and communication among various constituencies.

A.1 EOC will have sustainable practices to increase our capacity to achieve results.

A.2 EOC will have a vibrant and strong Community Action workforce.

A.3 Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved.

B. Community Theme Goals: EOC will be engaged in the assessment of the needs of the community and promote the awareness of poverty-related issues while reacting with a partnership mentality to leverage funds and seek opportunities to strengthen the community.

B.1 The conditions in which low-income live are improved.

B.2 Low-income people own a stake in their community.

B.3 EOC uses diverse methodologies and forums to inform the community about EOC activities, community needs and opportunities to serve in their community.

C. Customer Theme Goals: Our customers are at the center of all we do and are treated equally with dignity and respect. EOC serves both the primary customer who receives the service and the supporting customers who are funders, policymakers, family members, partners and others who have input on services

C.1 Low-income people will become more self-sufficient.

C.2 Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other support systems.