Allen Community Outreach (ACO) was founded in 1985 by a group of caring community members who provided information and referrals for Allen residents. After a few years, with the growth of the area population along with its needs, ACO began to offer essential human and social services such as food and case management for families in crisis, expanding its reach to also Fairview and Lucas.
Today, ACO is the sole local provider of free comprehensive human services in Allen, and surrounding communities in Collin County, Texas. It has a Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar USA, Inc., an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofits. The majority of funding for the agency comes from local, individual donations and fundraising activities.
Because of the ongoing commitment from local supporters, private foundations, and business partners, each year ACO helps thousands of individuals and families.