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
EFSP rent program is intended to allow TCOC to pay a one month amount of rent for qualifying clients. Each household may receive this assistance only once per spending period.

Funds are currently available for the following communities: Dayton, Grand Ridge, Harding, Leland, Marseilles, Naplate, Norway, Ottawa, Seneca, Serena, Sheridan and Wedron.

Contact the following office for more information and to see if you are eligible:

LaSalle Office: 815/224-0028
Ottawa Office: 815/826-1057


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!!