To view the agency's

community action plan,

click below:

Community Action Plan 2021

The LIHEAP and PIPP Program are now open to apply, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, to the general public until June 30, 2021. 

To schedule an appointment, click here to contact a LIHEAP Intake Worker near you.


Community Action Agency

Building Opportunities to Transform Communities


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 strengthen 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.

Invitation to Bid
The T.C.O.C. Head Start program is requesting bids for the leasing of one (1), new 29-passenger school bus. The required lettering Tri-County Opportunities Council Head Start plus bus# 1 on both sides of the vehicle to be included in bid quotation. Bus to be delivered with current Illinois Inspection Sticker affixed. Quotation price firm for thirty (30) days.

Bids will be accepted until the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, August 28, 2020. 

For more information, click here.

Your donation helps improve the lives of people.

From our heart to yours, THANK YOU!

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

Serving the Nine Counties in Illinois

United Way of Whiteside County has received $10,000 in restricted grant monies and is collaborating with its partner agency, Tri-County Opportunities Council, and the City of Fulton to distribute funds to households in Fulton that have fallen behind on rent, mortgage, or utility payments because of an impact from COVID-19.

Eligibility restrictions apply. Payments go directly to vendors. 

Click here to complete the application


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.  

Interested in Becoming a Board Member for Tri-County Opportunities Council?

Visit our Board of Directors page for more information!



Tri-County Opportunities Council's Rental Housing Support Program is now accepting names for its waiting list. 

The program provides affordable housing to individuals and families with extremely low-income (under 30% of area median income) in the counties of Carroll, Lee, Putnam, and Whiteside. 

In addition, an Outreach Plan has been developed to assist individuals and families to enroll in additional agency programs in order to provide opportunities that support movement towards stability and self-sufficiency. 

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the information below. ​​

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.

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