million Americans were living below the official poverty line in 2022.

60th Anniversary Logo - Transparent Background.png


Community Action: Inspiring Hope and Advancing Opportunity for 60 Years


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.

Agency Mission

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

Agency Vision

Our preferred future is a community that strives to alleviate poverty through collaborations that foster economic stability and social justice.

Upcoming Events

05.18.2024 - Head Start Spring Carnival: Head Start will HSCarnival.pngbe hosting a community get-together at the Sixth Ward Booster Club Field on Scramling Ave, Oneonta.  Activities, games, and snacks from 10AM-1PM. Rain or shine.

05.27.2024 - Agency Closed: OFO will be closed in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. The EHAP and VIP shelters and hotlines will still be available to those in need.

06.07.2024 - Agency Closed: OFO will be closed for a agencywide staff event. The EHAP and VIP shelters and hotlines will still be available to those in need.

What's Happening...


Transportation Survey:  The County Planning Department is seeking input on how to improve the transportation system for persons without personal vehicles in Otsego County. Click the image below to access the survey.

Transportation Survey Flyer.png


Still Enrolling! Head Start enrolls year-round for center-based and home-based programs. Children must be three years old to start in Head Start classrooms.  Support is also offered 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

$5,590,890reinvested into the local economy through employee salaries and program services. (FY2023)

News & Events

04.08.2024 - Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) announces $4.6 Million award to Opportunities for Otsego for Head Start programming.
The Office of Head Start concluded that Opportunities for Otsego Head Start preschool classrooms meet national quality standards.
The Board of Directors at Opportunities for Otsego is pleased to announce the promotion of Tanya Shalor, Chief Financial Officer, to Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2024.