Opportunities For Chenango has Two Board Seats Open

By: Shawn Magrath

NORWICH – Opportunities For Chenango has two board seat openings for residents who can voice the concerns of the county’s low-income population.

OFC is a private non-profit community action agency committed to helping families and county residents become successful, self-sufficient members of the community. It relies on its board to play an active role in program review and service provision, and to be responsible for the oversight of the agency’s financial health.

“The board plays a critical role in guiding the agency through this tough (economic) time,” said OFC Director Wayne Viera.

Agency bylaws mandate that one-third of OFC’s board 15 members is represented by low-income individuals. A full board consists of five members who represent the county’s public sector; five members from the private sector; and five members from the low-income sector.

There’s no personal income criteria that candidates must meet, but each should be able to substantiate that they represent the low-income population to be on the ballot, explained Viera. In order to conduct an election, OFC needs nominations of potential candidates from county residents.

“In all sectors of the board, it’s the board that maps out the strategies of our agency to meet the needs of the community,” he said. “The board is important to ensure that the community understands what we do ... We encourage the general public to get involved with the nomination process. That’s an important part of what we do.”

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