In 1965, the Opportunity Council began as a grassroots group of volunteers and staff, working with a borrowed typewriter and furniture out of a small corner in the Whatcom County Courthouse. It was founded using the Community Action Agency model and was a product of the “War on Poverty” and the Economic Opportunity Act signed by President Lynden B. Johnson in 1964 to help people with low-income.
This radical new model allowed local groups, including people with low-income, to determine the best local use of federal block grant dollars. People were charged with creating local solutions to fight poverty in their own communities.
Today, the Opportunity Council continues to be a vital Community Action Agency, one of 1,000 Community Action Agencies nationwide.
Now more than ever, we are called back to the Promise of Community Action and our roots in the Civil Rights Movement and the War on Poverty.