If not me, then who?

Become a Navigator and be that person who makes a difference in the lives of our Neighbors struggling to break free from poverty.

Opportunity Community

The Opportunity Community model is a national movement designed to create the types of communities we all want to live in. Efforts focus on increasing the capacity of our Neighbors living in the crisis of poverty by pairing them with trained community volunteers – called Navigators – who facilitate access to resources and support for moving out and staying out of poverty. The Neighbor-Navigator connection is unique to each pair and can be as short as 6 month or can create a lifetime friendship.

I am a NeighborClick here for request information

I would like to be a Navigator:  Click here to contact OFO

 

Navigator Training
Opportunities for Otsego can only assist as many Neighbors as there are trained Navigators. To this effort, OFO will periodically conduct new Navigator Training. If you are interested, contact Autumn.

 

Anyone can be a Navigator
Navigators are community members who agree to become trained to understand different experiences of poverty, to learn the structural causes of poverty, and to gain communication and relationship building skills. Navigators commit to sharing their contact information and to using their networks to assist their Neighbor to access resources and support for moving out and staying out of poverty.

Specialty Navigators are members of the community who work in organizations that provide resources or opportunities (colleges, hospitals, housing, courts, etc.). Specialty Navigators agree to take and return calls from Navigators and to assist them in understanding how to navigate their system.

Super Navigators are people who have experienced poverty, but have made strides to move out. Super Navigators offer support to Navigators who struggle to connect with their Neighbors in poverty.

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Opportunity Conference

In May 2018, Opportunities for Otsego hosted the first “Opportunity Conference” in New York State.  The conference, based on the Opportunity Community model,  brought together Neighbors living in poverty and community Navigators in the hopes to help break the cycle of poverty.

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“This day was very empowering. It gave me the courage to know that I can make it”

-Kelly, Neighbor