Ohio Valley Opportunities, Inc. (OVO) is a Community Action Agency formed on October 11, 1965 in Madison, Indiana. For nearly 50 years, OVO has led the way in developing innovative programs to meet the needs of the elderly, disabled, and families with children in three Indiana counties. Low-income individuals in our service area of Jefferson, Jennings, and Scott Counties face many barriers to self-sufficiency. Due in part to the rural composition of the area, an important element is that of accessibility, in terms of easiness to access services and activities. OVO addresses this issue in part by having Resource Centers in each of our three service counties.
OVO still believes in the mission it started with 50 years ago: to help reduce the barriers that prevent the low-income population from reaching self-sufficiency. OVO’s programs and services help people reach goals that include securing and maintaining employment, income management, improving nutrition, securing adequate and affordable housing, assisting in crisis situations, creating linkages to other community agencies, and ultimately to achieving self-sufficiency. OVO provides integrated services that complement the workforce development and human service systems, involving communities in the design of delivery services.
Our programs are uniquely structured in that they offer specialized programming in our communities. It is a coordinated effort to address the root effects of poverty and to, ultimately, move families and individuals to self-sufficiency. OVO collaborates with nearly 100 community agencies, local elected officials, community-based partners, and stakeholders. Our Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides core funding to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and empower low-income families to become self-sufficient. As a member of the CSBG network, OVO mobilizes additional resources to combat the central causes of poverty and focus efforts toward increased self-sufficiency, improved living conditions, ownership of and pride in communities, and strong family and support systems.Community representation and accountability are hallmarks of the CSBG network.