The Economic Opportunity Foundation is a nonprofit private organization established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. Both research and experiences has taught us that poverty is a complex, complicated, multi-faceted condition that requires the collected effort of all concerned to help combat and alleviate. The Economic Opportunity Foundation Inc. helps people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency.
Known as EOF, we are a Community Action Agency located in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. EOF is one of eight (8) Community Action Agencies in the State of Kansas, and over 1,100 in the USA as a whole. EOF has been serving people to help themselves for over fifty (50) years.
EOF, just like their fellow Community Action Agencies, is responsible for identifying the causes and conditions of poverty and implementing programs and services that create the opportunity for individuals, families and communities to improve their economic and social conditions. Locally, we offer crisis funds for utility bills, clothing, rent, and food. We also provide self-sufficiency education, job and career development, and transportation assistance for work or employment needs. EOF also coordinates emergency assistance for the disabled and elderly ranging from free food to paying security deposits or rent.
EOF has two key locations: Our main office at 1542 Minnesota and our Community Action Center at 950 Quindaro. Our hours of operation at both locations are Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm.
Every 3 years EOF is mandated to conduct a Comprehensive Community (Needs) Assessment. The purpose of the Community Assessment is to guide and assist EOF management in making informed decisions about program design and services based on specific information collected from the community. This information is then analyzed, and used to identify issues, problems, needs available resources and current trends impacting low-income families in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas. The Community Assessment is the instrument that guides the EOF Strategic Plan.
Tackling, let alone solving, individual, family, infrastructure, and societal issues relating to poverty requires commitment from the entire community. EOF is part of several larger groups who work collectively to effect change and improve poverty outcomes from multiple levels. EOF actively participates in, and plays an integral part of, these various groups to more holistically alleviate and minimize the causes and conditions of poverty.
Employment Placement Assistance & Support
Counseling and Case Management, i.e. Budgeting and
Food & Nutrition Education
Housing Placement Assistance & Delinquent Rent/Mortgage Assistance
Delinquent Utility Assistance (i.e. Water, Electric, Gas)
Emergency Referrals and Assistance
DCF & LIEAP Application Assistance
Referral Assistance to KCK Housing Authority (Section 8)
Spanish Translation Services
Monthly Senior Commodities Distribution