Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties (OWBC) was established in 1965 as the area’s official Community Action Agency. We are a private, non-profit corporation governed by elected officials, community leaders and target area representatives. Throughout our history, we have administered a wide range of social service and economic opportunity programs benefiting neighbors in need.
This month, we celebrate Community Action Month.
Denise Harlow, the National Community Action Partnership’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “Community Action Month is such a great opportunity for all of us to illuminate the diverse ways in which our network is helping people and changing lives with programs and services that connect folks in nearly every county in the nation with pathways to opportunity.”
As a Community Action Agency, we are given the privilege to assist our residents. We are also given the opportunity take those trends to collaborate with community businesses, educational institutions, other non-profits and local agencies in order to create a net of support.
“Our Community Services program aids and supports on many levels starting with providing long-term energy assistance. This program is essential to our senior population and young families as it provides financial aid on a re-occurring basis. We have case managers available to work closely with individuals and families wanting to create self-sufficiency. Individuals and families, looking to increase job skills and income, receive the benefit of coaching, advocacy, learned life skills, budgets, job search and so much more. It has been a pleasure to see these families as they grow and become confident in their ability to become self-sufficient,” said Kori Ince, OWBC’s Director of Community Services.