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Economic Self Sufficiency Graduation

Tickets are on sale NOW for our 2017 Economic Self Sufficiency Graduation. It will be held in the evening on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at the Warrington County Club. Join us to support these courageous and dedicated people that have been working tirelessly to support their families!


"You are not only feeding my body, you are also feeding my spirit."

As we have heard from many families at Fresh Connect, getting free vegetables and fruit has been a welcome resource. We received a letter from Eileen, who has been getting food from our Bristol site, and she shared how much of a difference having fresh fruits and vegetables in her diet has already made:

“I never thought at this stage of my life, that I would have the need to participate in a program such as Fresh Connect. At first I was embarrassed to be asking for food but from the very first day at your site in Bristol, I was met with welcoming smiles and encouragement. Like many seniors, my finances, even with the help from “SNAP” just don’t allow for fresh, healthy food to last the month. (My $3 increase in social security was followed by a $2 reduction in food money) As hard as I tried, I just couldn’t stretch my food budget to last the whole month. As I received fresh fruit and veggies, I found myself turning to my old cookbooks for recipes to try- my interest in cooking healthy meals for myself returned. I’ve tried new foods (the greens / salads) and I loved them. I’m eating healthier and am feeling better, both physically and mentally. I thank everyone who has a part in this wonderful endeavor. You are not only feeding my body, you are also feeding my spirit. My most sincere gratitude to all involved, God bless you!”
From Eileen, Bensalem PA

Volunteer at Fresh Connect on Thursdays in Ottsville, or Fridays in Bristol!


Cummins Sales and Service

Cummins Sales and Service in Bristol, PA recently partnered with BCOC and the United Way of Bucks County to offer free oil changes for clients as part of our Wheelz2Work program! Providing a service that helps to maintain their vehicle is very helpful- but Cummins staff went above and beyond. They performed the oil change, checked and topped off fluids, checked tire pressure and even washed the vehicles! One of our clients told her coach, "I have never been treated so kind in a long time. I appreciate the service I received. Really awesome. I will be back and I am telling all my friends and family."

Cummins not only offers this for BCOC clients, they also volunteer at Fresh Connect in Bristol! Thank you Cummins for all that you do!

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On Poverty....

Nowhere in America can a full-time minimum wage worker afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment- and certainly not in Bucks County either. When you must spend half your income on housing, what basic needs do you trade off each month? Food, medicine, utilities, sleep? In many cases, a little- or a lot- of everything. Read the article from the Denver Post.

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Way to Go!

Emily has been a participant in our Economic Self Sufficiency program for the past 2 years. She has been working toward a degree in Social Work to provide for her two young children. She just shared with us some great news- she made the Dean's List at West Chester University! She also just started a job at Abington Hospital in her field and loves it. Congratulations Emily! You are building a wonderful future for yourself and your children!

Get Involved!

Summertime for many brings excitement for vacations and camp. But for working families living in poverty, there is no respite from the every day grind. Further, many families struggle more to feed their families over the summer, with children home from school, who usually eat reduced and free meals at school.

How can you help?

There are several opportunities to donate your time and in-kind goods to help struggling families.

Conduct a Food Drive

Collecting food for one of the many food pantries in Bucks County can be done at any time of the year. Connect with BCOC's Food Program Manager, Heather Foor, to coordinate your drive.


Do a Backpack & Supply drive for homeless people in Bucks County

BCOC has a new initiative, Street Outreach, to help reach homeless in Bucks County. We are in need of care packages that we can distribute to those living on the streets this summer. You can donate one bag, or do a collection in your church or workplace. Collect backpacks and fill them with items such as:

▪ Tooth brushes & Toothpaste
▪ Liquid soap
▪ Toilet paper
▪ Baby Wipes
▪ Deodorant
▪ Brushes and combs
▪ Wash cloths
▪ Socks
Tooth brushes & Toothpaste
Liquid soap
Toilet paper
Baby Wipes
Brushes and combs
Wash cloths
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Donate a vehicle to BCOC that will get one of our clients back on the road to success! As a 501 (c) (3), donors can claim the value of the vehicle on their tax return. The vehicle is inspected by one of our local auto repair partners, and given to a family on a priority wait-list. Clients are given a car based on a priority needs scale, which includes progress toward their educational and employment goals, and other factors. The vehicle will literally help a client on the "road to success." Find out more here.

Back To School

We're looking for people to sponsor families with children in our case management programs, to help them purchase back to school supplies. Sponsor one child or many. Email Eileen to sign-up to be a Back to School Sponsor. Applications for sponsors will be available in July.


Volunteers are needed in a variety of positions. Volunteer Opportunities are listed on the BCOC website.

For more information on donating backpacks, vehicles or volunteering, contact our Volunteer and Community Connections Manager, Eileen Albillar.


Need Help?

You can reach us by phone at 215-345-8175, or visit our website or staff directory to reach the office nearest you.

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