Chautauqua Opportunities, an anti-poverty and community action agency in Chautauqua County, will mark its 25th anniversary Thursday at a dinner in the Sheraton Harborfront Hotel in Dunkirk.
When the agency began in 1965 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty, it had a budget of $500,000. Today the budget is more than $7 million, according to Richard Alexander, the agency's executive director.
It runs 30 programs, including Head Start and housekeeper and personal care services. It also operates a small business incubator, New Enterprises Inc.