The Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council's 26th Annual May Day Spring Fling fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, May 6th at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs with dinner and complimentary drinks provided by Longfellows Restaurant and The Olde Bryan Inn, as well as silent and live auctions. This is the major fundraising event for the Saratoga County EOC, and they rely on the community's support to continue doing the great work they do. Now, if you're asking yourself, what is it they do exactly, read on to find out more, and why you should attend their Spring Fling this year.
The Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) is the federally designated community action agency for Saratoga County. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 established community action agencies during Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty with the intention to "eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of the plenty in this Nation by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity."And since 1965, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council has helped thousands of local families by assisting families with their immediate most basic needs. By providing this vital support, the Saratoga County EOC has made a difference in thousands of lives.
Even though Saratoga County ’s median income continues to rise faster than that of any other area in the Capital District, the number of people living below the poverty level in Saratoga County has increased to over 16,000. Many of the EOC's customers work in low wage jobs, usually with no benefits. Some of them are mentally or physically challenged and unable to work. The EOC administers a variety of programs to empower low-income individuals and families to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to work towards self-sufficiency, and they have 150 dedicated staff and more than 50 core volunteers to work hard to help the less fortunate in these goals.
Some of the programs the EOC offers to Saratoga County include the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program for pregnant moms and children under five, which offers nutritional counseling and restricted food vouchers; the Head Start Program, including Early Head Start for children under five and their families, which provides education, nutrition, health and mental health services; an Emergency Food Pantry and a seven day a week Community Lunch Program providing food to those in need and Crisis and Family Development services, advocacy, referral and long term goal setting.
All proceeds of their 26th Annual May Day Spring Fling fundraiser directly benefit their deep commitment to the mission of being a leader in advocating for opportunities and developing solutions to promote healthy, thriving families and caring community partners in Saratoga County. To reserve your tickets to this popular event, click right here.