North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is the Community Action Agency that serves Lake and Mendocino Counties, as well as parts of Humboldt, Sonoma, Del Norte, and Solano Counties. NCO was established in 1968 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty, with the mission of assisting low-income and disadvantaged people to become self-reliant. NCO provides a safety net of emergency assistance, employment, and training services for low-income individuals and families. NCO employs 250 people, has an annual budget of approximately $15 million, and has successfully managed major grants from federal, state, and foundation funders.
At NCO, we envision healthy, vibrant, compassionate, and strong communities.
NCO develops and provides services that strengthen our communities, one person at a time.
As the region's Community Action Agency, we resolve to:
- Advocate on the behalf of low-income and disadvantaged people.
- Encourage people to increase their participation in the community as well as all activities of North Coast Opportunities, Inc.
- Encourage and facilitate the development of training and educational opportunities that increase the available resources to assist people in becoming more self-sufficient.
- Facilitate cooperation among organizations, agencies and groups who share a common goal with North Coast Opportunities.
Focus our energy for greatest impact
We collaborate to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.
Learn from challenge and change
We look for opportunities to work differently and forge new paths.
Demonstrate respect and integrity
We treat individuals - including their ideas and expressions - with dignity, honesty, and fairness.
We provide high-quality service through the dedicated efforts of our team.
We are a private non-profit corporation focused on serving Lake and Mendocino Counties, as well as Del Norte, Humboldt, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.
Members of NCO’s Governing Board include representatives of locally elected officials and people from the local community.
NCO values diversity and everyone is welcome, no matter a person's ethnicity, religion, country of origin, language, abilities, sexual orientation, or gender.