Community Action of Orleans also administers a variety of assistance programs. Their services include.
- Emergency Services to pay bills over the short term, or to refer people to how to get help for their bills. Services are provided on either referral or a walk basis to the needy in the community. For example, an on site food pantry exists. In addition, so called Emergency Services can also coordinate transportation; assist with providing discounted clothing, and counseling referrals to local charities as well as New York and federal government assistance programs. For example, learn about rent and homeless prevention programs.
- Head Start is a free program for children up to five years old. Children have access to literacy skills and social services, mental, emotional, and physical needs can also be met by Head Start. Meals, health care, and education aid is offered.
- Low income energy and heating bill programs, as well as weatherization, can be applied for at the community action agency. Examples of the assistance available includes Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), information on energy assistance programs in New York, utility disconnection prevention, and free conservation.
- The Family Development Program is a form of self-sufficiency and case management offered by the non-profit agency. Staff can refer people to public benefits (such as SSI disability), coordinate job search assistance in Orleans County, and provide much more. The goal of CAOG is to offer emergency financial aid or loans for critical needs while ensuring long term stability.
Call Community Action of Orleans of Albion and Orleans NY at (585) 589-5605. Learn more Community Action of Orleans and Genesee.
The Eastern Orleans Community Center, which can be reached at 585-638-6395 and is based in Holley, NY, focuses on the eastern part of the county. A clothing and food pantry is run on site. Case management and family counseling are provided. Public access for computers with internet is offered on site. Senior programs can also be offered.