To view the agency's

community action plan,

click below:

Community Action Plan 2019

2019 scholarship applications are now available online

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, through its Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), has made funds available to Tri-County Opportunities Council for at least 12 scholarships of up to $1,250 each for income eligible students. 

Visit the Scholarship page for criteria on applying and for an application. 


Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Board of Directors is comprised of 39 members from three different population sectors, Public, Private, and Low-Income located within the nine counties in which it serves.

We are currently seeking a low-income representative from Whiteside County; two Private (Organizational) representatives for Carroll and LaSalle County.

1.       Demonstrate a strong belief and commitment to TCOC’s mission.
2.       Devote the necessary time to prepare for and participate in Board Committees. 

3.       Be an enthusiastic advocate for TCOC’s mission and its programs.
4.       Ability to work as a team member with other Board members for the betterment of TCOC.
5.       Commit to attend regularly scheduled Board of Director meetings once a month.
6.       Willing to recruit new Board members as needed.

Interested in becoming a Board Member? Contact our President/CEO at 815/625-7830, ext. 15 for more information on how to become our next Board Member for our agency.

TCOC's Mission Statement:

Tri-County Opportunities Council will investigate the impact of poverty throughout our nine county service area and will work in partnership with individuals, families, and communities to provide opportunities that supports movement towards stability and self-sufficiency.

Check out the Head Start/Early Head Start's Health Website at

The TCOC Health Website offers specific health requirements for each of our programs: Head Start, Early Head Start, and our Pregnant Women's program, specific health requirements, printable forms, and much more.


Tri-County Opportunities Council will investigate the impact of poverty throughout our nine county service area and will work, in partnership with individuals, families and communities to provide opportunities that supports movement towards stability and self-sufficiency.  

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 Serving the 9 Counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside Illinois


Community Action Agency

Building Opportunities to Transform Communities


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....

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....

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

Fact Sheets & 990 Forms

Job opportunities


Serving the Nine Counties in Illinois

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.