Our Story Opportunities, Inc. formed in 1964 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty through the Economic Opportunity Act. It opened with 70 support staff and was first located at 114 East 1st Street in Watonga, OK. Now 50 years later, our main office is located at 117 West Russworm in Watonga, OK, with a supportive staff of 16 located throughout 13 counties: Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Kingfisher, Major, Texas, Woods, and Woodward.
Funded by government grants and donations from the surrounding communities, Opportunities, Inc. offers a variety of programs and services that fit the needs of the low-income and poverty stricken individuals and families that live within the 13 counties under our jurisdiction. We currently offer:
· Affordable Housing (HUD & USDA)
· Emergency Assistance
· Food and Clothing Pantry
· Food nutrition programs for licensed home daycares
· Outreach Services (Located in Watonga, Clinton, Woodward, and Guymon)
· Prescription and Insurance Assistance programs (RX, SHIP, MIPPA)
· Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP)
· Tax assistance and basic preparation (VITA)
Each county is different and Opportunities, Inc. assesses the needs of each individual community and distributes the programs accordingly. Helping everyone from seniors to infants, Opportunities, Inc. is here to help you in your time of need.
The purpose and function of Opportunities, Inc. shall be to:
Assist in developing, executing and coordinating plans and programs authorized under the Community Service Block Grant, and subsequent amendments made to that act, and other Federal, State and local laws and programs which tend to alleviate and eradicate poverty within the counties and the area of operation of this foundation, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or as hereafter amended.
Work with three significant groups in the community; that is the low-income sector, the public sector and the private sector, to seek out, identify and eliminate the causes of poverty within these communities.
Make the entire community more responsive to the needs and interests of the low-income sector by mobilizing available resources and bringing about a greater institutional sensitivity.
Plan and develop a system of priorities among projects, activities and areas as needed for the most effective and efficient use of resources.