Posted on May 24, 2017
It took a big slurp of coffee to swallow the news that there are 41,000 people living below the poverty level in wealthy Bucks County. That’s the number Joe Cuozzo, Development Director of the Bucks County Opportunity Council, left hanging in the air on Tuesday morning, May 23rd. With so many in need, the BCOC utilizes a vast team of volunteers, along with their 30 staff members, to make a dent in the poverty level. Here are some volunteer opportunities for our club*, or individual members:
  • Donate your vehicle, or the funds to support the Wheels to Work program directly. (Our club gave a grant for this program last year)
  • Provide job support such as coaching, resume writing/interviewing, childcare back-up, work-appropriate attire… to help clients achieve self-sufficiency
  • Lead a food drive for Operation Helping Hand, in March*
  • Donate hours to working at DVU in the Hope of the Harvest Garden (this can be one 2 hour work session or a weekly commitment)*
  • Partner with a participant in the Economic Self-Sufficiency Program (average commitment of $3000)*
  • Sponsor students for up to 3 years at BCCC through the Gateway Scholarship (average commitment of $3000-$12,000)
  • Volunteer as a Tax Preparer, if you have the skills
Last year, the BCOC helped 15 families leap out of poverty and the program continues to grow. Additionally, the organization helps feed the hungry with fresh food through their “Fresh Connect” program, respond to emergency housing/heating needs, find rides for people without vehicles, etc. They save 4 of our tax dollars for every $1 they spend, thanks to volunteers who pitch in with body, mind, soul and cold, hard cash, around the framework this excellent organization provides. And thank you, Jim Dowling, for bringing Joe to breakfast!
 
Jim Cuozzo and Rotarian Jim Dowling are pictured left-to-right.
 
 
Announcements were mostly about the car show. Next Tuesday morning, Bruce will be centerstage to answer all our car show questions. June 1 is the next car show meeting, at CB Ambulance, 7 pm, on East St next to 7-11.