Delaware Opportunities is a community action agency, serving the citizens of Delaware County, NY, since 1965.

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Delaware Opportunities, Inc.
35430 State Highway 10
Hamden, New York 13782

Phone: (607) 746-1600
TTY Users: 711 or 800-662-1200
Fax:   (607) 746-1605

If you are a consumer with special needs please call 607-746-1600 for assistance.

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Rural Health Service Corps is accepting applications for the following position:

Community Nutrition Coordinator

Help make nutrition food more available to low income families in Delaware County. Includes community garden work, volunteer support and follow up with families. Primary responsibilities:

Manage the Delaware Opportunities garden to offer more local, nutritious farm produce to members of the community who utilize the food pantries;

Recruit, train and offer support to volunteers in the garden;

Focus specifically on connecting more low income members with local nutritious foods;

Provide education and training to low income residents on food growing methods and healthy food preparation;

Facilitate and assist with monthly regional food deliveries to the 14 food pantries in Delaware County when needed;

Assist with Delaware Opportunities month food distributions.

Serve 900 hours (25 hours/week)/position ends by November 2015

Living allowance, education award and college loan forbearance info available at website. For complete details and online application:


In celebration of Delaware Opportunities 50th Anniversary, and 50 years since the passing of the Federal Head Start Act, the Delaware Opportunities Head Start Program is highlighting one Head Start center each month. Learn about our center hours, locations, how to enroll your child and how to volunteer at one of the centers. Learn more about the amazing dedicated and devoted staff who make the Head Start experience one to make memories and provide lessons for both children and parents alike.

This month, the focus is on Arkville Head Start. Located on Frank Street in Arkville, serving in two 17 children classes, 34 children ages 3-5. The center employs 11 staff.

The center serves a diverse population which provides a variety of languages, cultures, and family structure. The local community provides the opportunity to visit local fire departments, libraries, and the Delaware and Ulster Railroad. The Railroad offers the children and staff a train ride at the end of the school year, and has donated two awesome train tables to the center.

Head Start depends on donations/volunteer hours to keep the program running. A donation of $20,000 in memory of Helen Minier, named the Aunt Helen Project, allowed us to build an amazing playground which provides a variety of activites for the children to ride bikes, climb slides, run, bounce, and work in a large sandbox.

To learn more about the Arkville Head Start, how to enroll your child, or how to volunteer your time, please contact the Arkville Head Start at 6 Frank Street, Arkville, NY 12406; 845-586-4002. Center hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., children in attendance from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Classroom 1:

Lead Teacher: Deede Nolan

Teacher Aide: Mary McGrane

Classroom Aide and Bus Monitor: Dotsy Steinbuch

Classroom 2:

Lead Teacher: Kyle Holden

Teacher Aide: Dori Buerge

Classroom Aide: Amber Marshall

Family Services Worker: Bonnie Merchant

Food and Nutrition Services Worker: Jeannette Watters

Kitchen Aide: Jackie Johnson

Bus Driver: Bob Dwyer

Custodian: Andy Straut



Did you miss the fun the last two years??? Join us now!!

At noon on February 13, 2015 at SUNY Delhi College in Farrell Hall. Dance with us to raise awareness of the 1 in 3 women who are sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Practices will be announced as they are scheduled. Call Safe Against Violence at 607-746-1720 to RSVP.



The Delaware Opportunities Big Buddy Program is seeking volunteers in Delaware and Otsego Counties to spend four to eight hours a  month mentoring boys and girls ages 5 to 16.

Big Buddies are needed in all areas, but especially in Hancock, Deposit, Morris, Richfield Springs, Oneonta, and Worcester. The United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Otsego County DSS, Delaware County Youth Bureau, O'Connor Foundation, WGY Wish List, Stewart's and other donors support the Big Buddies program.

To learn more about the program or to volunteer, contact the Delaware Opportunities Big Buddy Program at 746-1746 or