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PINELLAS OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL PROGRAMS
Emergency Services Program
Provides limited financial assistance on a one-time basis to alleviate utility, fuel oil, rent/mortgage, food, clothing, and other emergency situations. At times services may not be available due to lack of funding. Persons seeking assistance should call the office in their area to set-up an appointment.
Family Development Program
Helps participants move towards self-sufficiency through case management, life skills training, financial literacy classes, individual development accounts, job search and self-employment.
Youth Development Program
The POC Youth Development Program is designed to equip low-income, academically talented youth 14 and 15 years of age with workforce readiness, leadership, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. The program operates during the summer months and provides a stipend to the youth for training and employment. Training topics include: interviewing, social/emotional skills, problem solving, decision making/goal setting, budgeting/financial management, employability skills, health issues, leadership and community involvement. Students are assigned to many different employers to gain hands-on work experience.
Provides heavy household cleaning and yard work to help the elderly maintain suitable home environments and avoid or delay institutionalization.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Recruits and places volunteers in public and non-profit organizations to help meet critical community needs.
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Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program
Provides financial assistance to low-income households with at least one member 60 years of age or older experiencing a heating or cooling emergency.The Program allows for the payment to utility companies, the purchase of blankets, portable heaters and fans, repairs of existing heating or cooling equipment, and the payment of reconnection fees. Persons seeking assistance should contact the office nearest to them for screening/set up an appointment.
Thank you for your interest! Your support helps Pinellas Opportunity Council provide a wide range of services needed by people in Pinellas County.
POC is a charitable organization in accordance with section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and the Pinellas County Department of Consumer Protection.
Donations are tax deductible. One hundred per cent of donations are used to deliver program services.
Please send donations to: POC, Inc., P. O. Box 11088, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733. You may indicate how your donation is to be used, e.g., Emergency Services Program, Family Development Program, Chore Services Program, Holiday Help, Greatest Need.
Be assured that any amount you donate will help and be greatly appreciated.
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Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc.
POC makes a significant impact by bringing millions of dollars into the local economy, helping thousands of residents to improve their social and economic well-being, and creating or maintaining jobs for hundreds of citizens.
POC is governed by a volunteer board of directors. One-third are elected officials or their representatives, one-third are representatives of the target population served by the agency, and one-third are representatives of business, labor, religious, welfare, education or other major interests in the community.
Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc. is a member of the Community Action Partnership, a network of some 1,100 private non-profit and public Community Action Agencies created under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to combat poverty throughout the United States.
We mobilize federal, state, local and private resources to develop programs that deliver services to help individuals and families alleviate conditions of poverty, enable people to move towards economic self-sufficiency, provide opportunities for people to reach their full potential, and revitalize communities.
In addition to operating or sponsoring programs such as Community Services, Emergency Food & Shelter, Chore Services, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, and the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program, POC has helped establish several other local organizations which address the needs of low-income or elderly people. Some of these include the Pinellas County Urban League, the Mobile Geriatric Dental Unit, Tarpon Springs and Jamestown Day Care Centers, St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation and Gulfcoast Legal Services.
Our efforts are intended to help change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities, and make our area a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
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