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  • Adult Basic Education

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    Adult Basic Education provides free classes designed to help participants acquire the skills and credentials needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency and engage meaningfully in their communities as workers, parents, and community members.Adult Basic Education classes, including preparation to earn the high school equivalency credential by taking...


  • Before and After School Programs

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    The Valley Opportunity Council's (VOC) Mt. Carmel and Montgomery Street Before and After-School Programs offer before and after-school activities to children ages 5 to 12. However, if a child is 5 years old, they must be in Kindergarten in order to be eligible for the after-school program.  Additionally, our programs will: Help children with homewo...


  • Center-Based Child Care

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    The Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) operates five child care centers in Holyoke and Chicopee for children ages 1-5. Our goal is to assist parents who are working, in training leading to employment, or have other special needs. We provide a complete education program, meals, opportunities for parent involvement, and after-school care (at Chicopee l...


  • Chicopee Summer Lunch Program

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    The Summer Lunch Program is a federally-funded program with local oversight from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that provides free meals to Chicopee residents ages 18 and under when school is not in session. Meals are often provided in conjunction with educational and recreational activities at various schools an...


  • Citizenship Classes

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    The Valley Opportunity Coincil (VOC) offers a ten-week Citizenship Class that meets one evening per week. During these classes, students will practice answering the oral questions of the N-400 application form to gain confidence in their interview skills. The classes will cover essential topics on the one hundred (100) U.S. Citizenship and Immigrat...


  • Community Action Agency

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    Community Action Agencies operate programs designed to support families with child development and care, education, training, health and safety, housing and shelter, and financial stability.The Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) provides free-of-charge services to our underserved, economically-disadvantaged neighbors with the goal of helping them lif...


  • Early Education Summer Programs

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    Enroll for summer fun at Valley Opportunity Council (VOC)! Our Early Education Summer Programs are for children Kindergarten to 12 years old and we offer programs in 2 Chicopee locations: 35 Mt. Carmel Ave. and 374 Montgomery Street! Throughout the summer your child(ren) will enjoy field trips at no additional cost! Some of the places we may go are...


  • Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

     The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded TRIO program that helps adults and high school seniors begin or continue their postsecondary education. EOC offers educational access services to low-income individuals and potential college students. While the majority of EOC’s clients seek financial aid assistance, other services ava...


  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    English for Sepakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes are designed to help students understand, speak, read and write in English.  There are four class levels.  Classes meet either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.Classes include: One-on-one tutoring support offered by volunteers Digital literacy integrated into all classes Workshops a...


  • Family-Based Child Care

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    The Valley Opportunity Council's (VOC) Family-Based Child Care is a community-based network of educators who offer early education and care to children in a home setting. Educators are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, and offer early care and education for children from infancy to school age.Family-Based Child Care is current...


  • Fuel Assistance

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

     Fuel Assistance (also known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) helps eligible households challenged by the high cost of home heating fuel pay a portion of their winter heating bills. This program provides assistance through a fixed benefit amount for the cost of the primary source of heat, which includes, but is not limited to: Oil ...


  • General Housing

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    Valley Opportunity Council's  (VOC) Housing and Homeless Housing Programs provide assistance for income eligible and qualified applicants to search for and obtain affordable housing.The Housing Program offers assistance and rental unit options at 15 various locations focusing on Veteran's Housing, Market Rate Housing and Income Eligible Housing.Hom...


  • Heating System Repair Program

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

     Heating System Repair and replacement services are available throughout the heating season to eligible low-income households. The Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program, or HEARTWAP, primarily helps eligible homeowners pay to repair or replace defective or unsafe heating systems on an emergency basis. If suffi...


  • Main Street Shelter

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    The VOC's Main Street Shelter is a 14-room family congregate shelter that provides homeless families with shelter and service coordination. Services include: Intensive case management Housing searches  School enrollment Referrals to work training programs, food and clothing assistance, mental health and substance addiction counseling   Domestic Vio...


  • Permanent Supportive Housing

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    The VOC provides Scattered Site Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless families. This program serves families who have had long shelter stays and are assessed as needing supportive housing in order to be able to exit shelter successfully.  Participants receive regular case management to assist them in maintaining housing and working ...


  • VITA Free Income Tax Assistance Program

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

     Free tax preparation is provided through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, for low- to moderate-income residents of Massachusetts. Certified volunteers help qualified individuals prepare basic tax returns. Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) offers free electronic filing (e-file). Those who take advantage of the e-file program will ...


  • WIC

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to healthcare and other services free of charge to qualified Massachusetts families. WIC serves low- to moderate-income people in critical stages of growth and development. WIC offers: Personalized nutrition education and counseling, inc...


  • WIOA Out-of-School

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    The WIOA Out-of-School program is designed to help participants earn their high school equivalency while also increasing their workforce readiness. This program provides adult education classes three times per week, case management services for every student, teaches students the skills needed for employment and independent living, provides stipend...


  • Youth Programs

    Agency: Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

    Youth Programs at the Valley Opportunity Council (VOC) consists of the Cabot Manor After School Program, the Cabot Manor Summer Camp, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), GEAR UP, YouthWorks and WIOA Out-of-School.The Cabot Manor After-School Program provides a safe and educational environment for younger Chicopee Housing Authority residents d...


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