Community Opportunities Inc.(COI) is a non-profit agency whose purpose is to provide life opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The COI professional staff, families and advocates, and local business partners achieve this mission by providing skills training, job placement and social activities. Community Opportunities, Inc. offers these services to enhance lives, facilitate independence and encourage community involvement and awareness.
Founded in 1995—and received our 501c3 status on October 31st, 1997 COI has been helping families advance the skills, education and community involvement of those we serve for almost 20 years. We provide a full range of day training services, pre-vocational programming and supported employment for the clients of our sister organization Community Living Concepts as well as other service providers and offer a vocational training for high school transition students as well.
Bumblebee-Bee~ing our best!
Several years ago our sister agencies decided it would be helpful to develop a “mascot” that would assist us in telling the story of COI. We asked volunteers, staff and families to “suggest” what they feel would best represent us. The nominations were many, but the “BumbleeBee” won because of the story behind the bee.
Science tells us that with their weight wing span and movement bumblebees should not be able to fly. But someone forgot to tell the bee and fly he does! We work every day to help our clients reach their goals even though many times there are some who might say that it’s not possible.
Our 7ft. tall mascot Bud E. Bee represents our efforts to assist our clients in bee~ing their best. We also use our award program to “surprise” employees, volunteers and community leaders/businesses who go above and beyond to support the people we serve.