ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY)-- Since 1967, the Economic Opportunity Program (EOP) has been a tremendous resource for people, looking for support and guidance. They have been a major resource center for people in the black community through the many programs they offer.

''Our doors are always open for people and for all kinds of reasons. We try our best to connect them to resources,'' said Anita Lewis- the Chief Development Officer at the EOP.

The EOP provides numerous services for the community including after-school programs for kids, health, family support, and adult literacy. Their resources go beyond Chemung County as there is a center in Schuyler County, as well. 

'' We have our four strategic areas, which are access to health care, food security, child and youth care, and housing security. In these areas, we try to help our community,'' said Anita Lewis.

In each of these areas, they provide resources and programs throughout the year for the public. Their doors are also open for persons, who may need help with a job search.

'' We work with African American History every day here. I know some people do not want to talk about diversity, equity and inclusion, but if you look around the community, it is very diverse and inclusive, ''said Anita Lewis. 

The EOP has also been a resource center that spreads black history and black excellence around the Southern Tier.  In this month, they are hosting a variety of Black History Month events. On February 25th, they will be celebrating black history through their Program of P.E.A.C.E event at the Faith Temple Community Church of God in Christ.

Click here to find out more about the EOP Black History Month events and the many other programs they offer.