• Opportunities for Communities, Inc. (OfC) is a union of three communities in experience, education, service, and cross-cultural friendship. These communities are:

    (1) The students who join us. OfC provides opportunities for this community to experience other cultures and lifestyles. OfC students learn Haitian culture and Creole language while sharing their technical knowledge…

  • (2) The communities who host OfC’s programs. OfC provides this second community with the opportunity to share their culture with our students, who in turn share their culture and technical knowledge. An example here is Lekol Dete, summer school, begun by OfC and taken on by Haitian leaders.

  • (3) YOU. OfC provides opportunities for our home community to lead and support the work of the other two communities. Here are tools for the rent-to-own tool program that helps day laborers get work. These tools were bought with money from OfC’s donors.

    In all, OfC is about building new relationships across cultural barriers to improve understanding, foster personal growth, and to provide opportunities for our communities to both contribute to and benefit from each other.

Volunteering

One of the things that excites us is all of the energy and offers we get from you in the community. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference, we want to meet you! Please contact OfC's adult volunteer coordinator.

Many thanks to all who have volunteered their time, energy, money! Some examples:

# Kuhn Riddle Architects for donating a design and plans for a new kitchen at the Bon Samaritain School in Les Cayes, Haiti, which houses INSTITUTION MIXTE MARANATHA DE SIMON - the afternoon school for Restavek children
# South Amherst Congregational Church whose generous donation made it possible to construct the kitchen
# Highlander Logo Wear & Trophies (formerly Belchertown Sports Shed) for providing team jerseys for the OfC sponsored football (soccer) clubs, Ouragan FC and Surprise de Bellabe
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# St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Greenfield
for collecting LOTS of shoes – which has become a permanent project – and the St. Paul’s High School youth group who sort and package the shoes for transport to Haiti

Donating

$5 a month pays one child's tuition at the restavek school where OfC has developed & runs vocational training programs.
$20 can buy 5 fruit trees or 20 pigeon pea plants for the OfC Bellabe village agricultural project.
$75/month will subsidize a teacher salary at the schools we support.

Send your tax deductible* donation to:
Opportunities for Communities, Inc.
260 Lincoln Avenue. Amherst, MA 01002
or Click on the PayPal link to make a secure credit card donation:
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* OfC is a 501(c)(3) Public Educational Charity under 170(b)(1)(A)(ii).

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