The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Community Action Agency, was organized and incorporated in 1965 by a group of interested citizens from Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties for the purposes of investigating the frequency, location, character and cause of poverty; and coordinating efforts to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty through the cooperation of public agencies, private organizations, business, industry and interested individuals.

  • To strengthen and enable low-income people to become self-sufficient through the attaining of necessary skills, knowledge, motivations and opportunities.
  • To better organize a wide range of services related to the needs of low-income people in Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside Counties by utilization of innovative approaches and new types of services in attacking the causes of poverty including the support of self-help groups and cooperative efforts of low-income people.
  • To encourage participation of low-income people in the planning, development and implementation of programs and projects and in the decision making processes of governmental entities affecting their lives.
  • To strenghthen the capabilities of the CAA's community for planning and coordinating federal, state, local and private assistance related to the elimination of poverty by broadening the resource base of programs to include public officials, private organizations, individuals, business and industry.
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Serving the Nine Counties in Illinois


Job opportunities

Fact Sheets & 990 Forms

TCOC posts all job openings for all of our programs on the agency website as well as all local newspapers surrounding that area.

TCOC's Fact Sheets and 990 Forms are available for the community to see how we spend our money and a brief overview of what TCOC's Program accomplished over the years....

On May 18, 1965, Tri-County Opportunities Council was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Illinois for the following purposes....


We need your help! Have you received services at Tri-County recently? Please help us by completing our 2014 Client Survey. By completing this survey, it will help us determining how well we are doing and fix what is wrong. 

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Community Action Agency


 Serving the 9 Counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside Illinois
This program will provide FREE lunches to children on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and run for Sterling and Rock Falls areas.


2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s

“War on Poverty.”

His speech is what sparked the creation of Community Action  Agencies across the country.  This year Tri-County Opportunities Council is celebrating everything that the War on Poverty has accomplished since 1964 and everything that we hope to do in the future to eliminate poverty in the United States.

Help us celebrate by sending an e-mail to tcoc@tcochelps.com to share your story about how Community Action has helped you!

help us celebrate!!

Tri-County Opportunities Council has been awarded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) the Tornado Relief Program for residence located in Grundy and LaSalle Counties to assist with emergency rehabilitation assistance to those households directly affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes on November 17, 2013.

These funds may be used to provide assistance to homeowners that are uninsured and underinsured or funds may be used to provide assistance for the homeowner's insurance deductible. The loan amount for households utilizing funds for rehabilitation assistance will be a maximum of $40,000. Funds used for a homeowner's insurance deductible must be a minimum of $500. Funds will be provided to eligible households on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please help us by completing our 2014 Community Partnership Survey. This survey will be used to determine what other organizations and businesses feel are the greatest obstacles and assets for low-income people in becoming self-sufficient and for planning purposes for the agency's Community Action Plan.

The survey will also determine how well informed organizations and businesses are towards all programs offered at TCOC. The data collected will be used to collaborate with other organizations and businesses more effectively within the communities.

Your opinions are very valuable to our agency.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin its Cooling Program July 7 and run until July 23.

You may apply at the following locations:

LaSalle County
Streator - 507 Frech Street, Apt. 1716 (Monday & Tuesday 8:00-4:00)
Ottawa - 516 W. Madison Street (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00-3:00)
LaSalle - 308 N. 30th Road (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00-4:00)

Bureau County
Princeton - 1019 N. Main Street (Monday & Friday 8:00-4:00)

Carroll County
Savanna - 1801 Chicago Avenue (Monday & Thursday 9:00-3:00)

Marshall County
Lacon - 309 5th Street (Monday 8:00-2:00)

Stark County
Wyoming - 102 N. 7th Street (Tuesday 8:00-2:00)

Whiteside County
Fulton - 408 11th Avenue (Friday 9:00-3:00)
Rock Falls - 405 Emmons Avenue (Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00)

Ogle County
Rochelle - 306 N. 6th Street (Tuesday & Friday 9:00-3:00)
Oregon - 1310 Pines Plaza (Wednesday 9:00-3:00)
Polo - 104 S. Franklin (Friday 9:00-3:00)