Delaware Opportunities

Important Updates About Our Services

A message from Dr. Shelly L. Bartow, Executive Director

Delaware Opportunities is taking steps to safeguard the health of our staff while also ensuring that our essential emergency services remain available. Efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 at the local, state, and federal level are evolving rapidly and we are monitoring public health recommendations carefully.

As of the current time the following services remain open but we do require that you call first. We want to ensure your safety as well as that of our staff and we want minimize the number of people onsite at any given time. These services remain open:

  • Senior Meals (home delivered meals only)
  • Food Bank (food only)...we encourage everyone to utilize your local food pantries which remain open at their normal hours
  • NEW---meal bags and prescription pick-up (please call the Food Bank or call our main number, 607-746-1600 for more information)
  • Head Start (food delivery only at some sites...HS families have been contacted and/or should contact their Lead Teacher in the event their needs change)
  • Day Care staff will remain available, although it may be remotely
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services and the hotline (shelter only accepting in-county clients)
  • Rental Assistance
  • Agency Advocate services (call if you have a general need and you need support figuring out the right services)
  • HEAP
  • Transportation (for medically necessary appointments)
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • WIC (all services still available)
  • Front office staff will remain onsite and will be taking phone calls. Please call (607) 746-1600 if you are in an emergency situation and need services.

Some programs have adapted services temporarily and we have postponed or cancelled any in-person meetings, group sessions, or home visits. Clients and participants will be contacted to reschedule when it is safe to do so.

Some of our staff will be working remotely during the next few weeks. They may be reaching out to you to make sure you do not have any emergency needs during this time. You also can contact them as they will be able to check messages from home.

We also encourage everyone to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to slow the spread of coronavirus.

We will publish updates to any additional impacts on our service delivery here on and on our Facebook page.

What Can You Do To Help?

Thank you so much for all of the support. Many people have contacted us offering to volunteer. At the current time we are compiling a list of potential volunteers so when and if we need assistance we can let all of you know. At this time, however, we are trying to minimize the number of people onsite or even coming into contact with clients.

People have also asked about Food Bank donations. Again, while we are so appreciative of this, we are concerned about spreading germs if we open up the Food Bank to those types of donations. If this should extend and we are running low on food we will let the community know but for now we in good shape.

So what can you do? Honestly, what we need more than anything is more money. Money to be able to purchase food and other essential items. Money to cover manpower for folks working outside of their funded program areas. Money for transportation costs. Money even just to create a fund for emergency support for families to help with critical bills and other expenses. Many people are off of work and will be in great need of such a service. If you are willing to make that type of donation please contact us at 607-746-1602 and speak to Danielle Morrell. Every little bit helps and we would be most appreciative.



Welcome to Delaware Opportunities

Delaware Opportunities offers a host of programs and services that respond to the needs of the citizens of Delaware County, New York. Our programs and services are annually assessed and considered in light of the following:

  • Remove obstacles and solve problems that block the achievement of self-sufficiency
  • Secure and retain meaningful employment
  • Attain an adequate education
  • Make better use of available income
  • Obtain emergency and other assistance
  • Achieve greater participation in the affairs of the community
  • Youth development
  • Coordination and effective use of other programs
  • Counteract conditions of starvation and malnutrition

Programs & Services

Recent News

Food Bank Only Open for Emergency Food Pick-Ups Starting Monday, March 16th (no clothing and household items)

Effective Monday, March 16th the Delaware Opportunities Food Bank will only be open for emergency food pick-ups and NOT for clothing and household items. While I know this is inconvenient, we want to keep our staff and all of you that come into the Food Bank healthy. We also anticipate needing staff support to handle the food requests.Thank you for your understanding. If you find yourself in an emergency situation please still call us and we will strategize a plan to still assist you. This is a temporary plan and we will let everyone know when it is back up and running.

Also, until further notice the Food Bank is not accepting donations of any kind. Please do not leave them outside the door or drop them off to our dumpster. We will update you as soon as we can.

Coronavirus Precautions Are Underway

To our valued clients and community partners,


The continued impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) within our region reminds us of our collective responsibility to our families, colleagues, neighbors and all community members. As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and looking at steps within our organization and others to minimize the impact of an outbreak.


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