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June 6, 2020

Black Lives Matter

The cure for racism is ACTION. Fresno EOC is a Community Action Agency (CAA) and was born from the Civil Rights Movement. The Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were passed by Congress and CAAs were formed across the nation. The Economic Opportunity Act stated in part: “It is, therefore, the policy of the United States to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in this nation
Fresno EOC VAC Students
Since 2015, Valley Apprenticeship Connections (VAC) has helped over 300 people get a job after completing the 12-week training program preparing students for a career in construction. While the program specializes in providing hands-on training and skills to participants, VAC staff also helps students with placement, networking, and preparing for the interview process.      Recently the program moved to virtual sessions, allowing students to learn from home and get to know the staff. While online
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
Press Release
Image is of LCC packaging food.
With COVID-19 and high unemployment rates in the Central Valley, many families in our community need food assistance. Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps is partnering with Central Valley Food Bank to help pack and prepare food boxes during this time of need. Watch the video below, as corps members from different programs work together and serve local families.  
Local Conservation Corps
Image is of Lacie Zapata
From Halloween baskets to baby essentials, our community and staff are coming together to make our pregnant and parenting youth in the Adolescent Family Life Program feel special. Even during the pandemic, our youth are able to get the assistance and support they need. The program supports youth throughout Fresno County by providing educational support, parenting skills, and comprehensive case management.  One Good Samaritan, Jeannie Flores, assembled Halloween baskets and baby items to give youth
Adolescent Family Life Program
Image is of Estelle Dailey and students
Estelle began her work with Head Start in June 1965 at the North Avenue Center in West Fresno as a Teacher Assistant. Estelle did not just help teachers; she also drove the Head Start bus, cooked meals, and provided social services advocacy, counseling, and referral services for participants. Her passion and commitment to children—in particular, children with special needs—quickly became known. As a parent of a child with special needs herself, Estelle knew the struggles
Head Start
LCC Corps members water distribution Watch Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps help our mountain community as they come home. Thanks to Fresno County, corps members are handing out water to residents affected by the Creek Fire. If you see us corps members stop by and grab some water. Bottles of water are available at no cost at these 4 locations, from 9 am to 4 pm. Bald Mountain Fire Station, 49167 Auberry Road Pine Ridge Elementary School, 45828 Auberry
Local Conservation Corps
Ronnie Cantu's team
Fresno EOC Head Start 0 to 5 is full of friendly faces, and there are hundreds of individuals who make a classroom a tremendous educational experience for families. Ronnie Cantu, Building Maintenance and Support Services Coordinator, oversees Head Start’s facilities and over 35 sites. For him, it’s more than just a job; he and his team ensure our buildings are safe and maintained for our future leaders. Cantu has been with the agency for eight
Early Head Start, Head Start
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
Press Release
Richard (Dick) Keyes Memorial Time: Oct 17, 2020 1:00PM Zoom Meeting Link Meeting ID: 850 3028 9767 Passcode: 4U69yD A pioneer and a poverty fighter, Richard Dale Keyes, Sr. leaves behind a rich legacy in our community. Mr. Keyes passed on Sunday, September 27, 2020. During his life, Mr. Keyes wore many hats: a poverty fighter, leader, veteran, community organizer, volunteer, innovator, educator, businessman, executive, father, son and so many more. He was an impactful
Agency, Board
Image is of construction workers
Fresno EOC Valley Apprenticeship Connections (VAC) is partnering with the local Building and Construction Trades Council and Fresno County Economic Development Corporation to help open a new workforce development center and pre-apprenticeship program. The Central Valley Training Center, located in Selma, is currently recruiting for its first cohort and will assist with the workforce needed for the nation’s first high-speed rail project.   “Helping our Central Valley residents, get the resources and knowledge to be successful in

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