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Causes: Food, Food Programs, Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The opportunity council offers services that address immediate and crisis-oriented basic needs such as food, emergency shelter, and eviction-prevention. We also provide programs that promote self-sufficiency in our community by delivering early childhood education, home weatherization, and energy conservation education.

Programs: Early learning and family services - 484 children participated in our head start and early childhood education and assistance program preschools. A total of 80 children ages birth to three and their highly impacted families were served by our intensive early head start program. Early support for infants and toddlers served approximately 350 unduplicated children to help address developmental delays and other special needs through therapeutic interventions and family resource coordination. Our quality child care division (qcc), through child care aware, assisted 2,497 clients in their search for child care information and referral. In addition, the qcc division enrolled 427 licensed child care/ early learning businesses in early achievers, washington's quality rating improvement system (qris), then provided technical assistance, training and coaching to improve quality. Those enrolled providers serve 11,035 children in education and care programs. Early learning and family services also manages the east whatcom community resource center. The east whatcom regional resource center served 829 residents of the east whatcom region, providing approximately 700 referrals per month to social services for residents of this geographically isolated area.

community services - staff and volunteers served over 19,500 hot meals at our maple alley inn program for people who are homeless or anyone who is hungry. We secured housing for over 900 households through temporary housing, rental assistance and eviction prevention services. Nearly 300 people gained job skills and work experience through our employment services programs. We provided over 9,400 payments for energy bills on behalf of families in needed so they did not have to choose between paying for energy or other basic services. Our resource centers in three counties responded to over 10,000 requests for help from people in crisis.

we weatherized 124 houses so families could reduce their annual energy use and expenses and rehabbed 46 additional homes to improve durability, indoor air quality and ensure home safety. Our conservation education team taught approximately 170 households how to take control of high-energy bills through behavior changes and installation of new energy efficient products. The opportunity council's building performance center (bpc) provides technical training, quality assurance services, and professional consultations that promote safe, healthy, durable and energy efficient buildings. In 2017 the bpc trained over 604 in weatherization assessment, installation and inspection techniques. Bpc quality assurance staff inspected over 200 weatherization, home repair and community energy challenge (cec) projects. Bpc provided technical assistance and advice in the area of indoor air quality and moisture mitigation for 3 problem properties. Cec is a community energy efficiency program designed to address the typical barriers to efficiency upgrades for homeowners and commercial building owners, and encourage comprehensive ee retrofits that result in substantial savings. In 2017, cec assisted 106 households and businesses in improving energy efficiency in their buildings.

the opportunity council's building performance center (bpc) provides technical training, quality assurance services, and professional consultations that promote safe, healthy, durable and energy efficient buildings. In 2017 the bpc trained over 604 in weatherization assessment, installation and inspection techniques. Bpc quality assurance staff inspected over 200 weatherization, home repair and community energy challenge (cec) projects. Bpc provided technical assistance and advice in the area of indoor air quality and moisture mitigation for 3 problem properties. Cec is a community energy efficiency program designed to address the typical barriers to efficiency upgrades for homeowners and commercial building owners, and encourage comprehensive ee retrofits that result in substantial savings. In 2017, cec assisted 106 households and businesses in improving energy efficiency in their buildings. The energy project advocates for the needs of low-income households as they pertain to energy utility service secure, and also works to secure funding from investor-owned and other utilities to extend energy assistance benefits and weatherization funding for low income households throughout the state of washington. In the 2017 contract year, the energy project helped to secure more than $40 million dollars in support of low-income households through low-income weatherization services, energy assistance, and other related programs. Volunteer coordination, tenant enrichment services, and other small programs also provide benefit to the communities we serve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Opportunity Council provides many great services. They provide 3 nutritional meals a week. They assist many homeless transforms into an apartment. They have many classes to help find work and life skills.