Opportunities for Otsego recognizes the vast knowledge and talents of the community and offers volunteer opportunities through the following programs and events:
Head Start: A comprehensive preschool program that helps children from low-income families develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. Center-based services promote school readiness and enhance social development of children ages 3 through 5.
Head Start relies on the help of volunteers to provide 20% of its annual budget through in-kind donations of time and/or resources. The success of the Head Start program depends upon the active participation of parents and others in the community.
Violence Intervention Program: Comprehensive program providing support to adult and child victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. The program provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, advocacy and legal/medical accompaniment, education to schools and community groups, and safe housing.
All VIP volunteers, other than those only assisting in general office details, must receive their New York State Rape Crisis Counselor Certification. Certification requires participation in 30-hours of classroom training and an additional 10 hours supervised training annually.
River Ride: An annual bicycle fundraising event to benefit all programs of Opportunities for Otsego. The event runs through the Susquehanna Valley and offers cyclists five scenic routes to ride, extending 11 to 46 miles. The River Ride is the first Saturday of June each year.