About OARC

Our History

In 1989, a visionary group of citizens created an organization that has quietly made a significant difference in the Oconee County by bringing people and organizations to the table to identify the needs of the community and work together to fill those needs.

In 1993, the Oconee County Area Resource Council was recognized as a Family Connection Partner and designated by the Oconee County Board of Commissioners as the official advisory body for human services in Oconee County.

The Collaborative became a non-profit in 2009 to enable the Council to develop programs to fill critical gaps in services while continuing to focus on networking and relationships. If we had to summarize in one sentence what Council does, it would have to be “People Helping People.”


Our Mission

To identify, develop, and enhance community based services, including education and prevention, through a collaborative process with individuals, groups, local, state, and national organizations.

Our Vision

All Oconee County residents will live in a healthy, safe, and stable environment.


Who We Are

Oconee Area Resource Council is part of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, a Georgia statewide initiative of 159 community collaborative partnerships committed to making measurable improvements for children and families in Georgia.

Controlled at the community level, Family Connection is present in every county in Georgia. It is the largest statewide network of communities in the nation that have made a commitment to improve results for children and families. In our County, we collaborate with local, state and national organizations to research the needs of our community and work together to address those needs.

We pursue that goal by addressing the root causes of problems, building on our strengths, pooling resources, engaging an extraordinary diverse group of community members, and committing to a long-term process of planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Using a family-centered approach, schools, health and human service agencies, business, the faith community, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, civic clubs, and others work together with families, focusing on academics, physical and mental health, nurturing parenting, economic success, and community service. We tap existing resources, streamline systems to be more efficient and effective, and initiate new projects that support:

Healthy Children
School Success
Self-Sufficient Families
Strong Communities

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