The Women's Opportunity Center marked 30 years of Service to the community in 2009. Over 10,000 women and men have overcome obstacles and achieved success through our employment and training services. Below is a picture of Senator James Seward (on left) and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (right), presenting an award to participant Louise Bailey at Women's Opportunity Center's 30th year celebration. For more pictures, see the pictures in our photo gallery.
The Women's Opportunity Center originated from a group formed in a local woman's kitchen in 1979 that helped displaced homemakers enter the workforce after divorce, separation, or widowhood. Since then, the WOC has been part of the statewide Displaced Homemakers Program, which now includes 22 centers across New York State.
In 1995, the Center incorporated as an independent not-for-profit organization and raised funds to purchase its current building at 315 N. Tioga Street. In 2002, the family of Mary Durham donated a second facility to the WOC to serve women in transition. In recognition of the Center's growth into a multi-service organization providing employment-related resources to a variety of participants, the board of directors voted in 1998 to change the Center's name to the Women's Opportunity Center.
We partner with the Tompkins County Workforce and are a United Way member agency. Donations are tax deductible. Current programs offered by the WOC include job search and preparation workshops that emphasize job retention and the development of essential computer skills, career development, and the success of families in reaching their goals.