Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.

We envision thriving communities where individuals and families have broken free from the cycle of poverty.
Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. is a not for profit service organization established in 1965 with a goal to provide a range of services and to utilize all available resources to assist low-income residents of Monroe, Perry and Randolph Counties. Western Egyptian also offers limited services, such as LIHEAP, PIPP and Weatherization to residents of Jackson County. Much has changed since 1965, but Western Egyptian remains committed to helping low-income individuals and families achieve stabilization.

Our Mission

Equipping low-income individuals and families with resources needed for stability and self-sufficiency.


We believe in being honest, trustworthy, respectful and ethical in our actions.

Customer Service

We believe in treating our clients with the highest degree of dignity and equality and we strive to provide a hand up, not a hand out, to low-income individuals and families.


We believe in working together and sharing ideas with our community residents, partners and stakeholders.


We believe in effective use of assets to ensure financial stability.


We are committed to making our communities a better place to live for all residents.



The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) starts today September 1, 2022. Please note offices are open for appointments only. No walk-ins will be accepted. Customers from Jackson, Perry, Randolph & Monroe Counties may call #618-443-5231 to schedule a call back or if the customer is disconnected or due to disconnect in 7 days, an in-person or telephone appointment may be scheduled. Please note we are experiencing very high call volume and call backs may take several weeks. Customers must provide copies of their gas and/or electric bills as well as copies of all household members' Social Security cards and 30-day proof of income. Please utilize local resources such as libraries, grocery stores and/or banks to have copies made when dropping off documentation. Applications may be printed from this website or picked up from the outside pickup box at each county outreach office.


Beginning September 1, 2022, the Employment Barrier Reduction Pilot program (BRP) will be offered through Western Egyptian for residents of Monroe, Perry and Randolph counties who currently receive SNAP, TANF or Medicaid benefits. These services are focused on individuals who experience barriers to gaining or retaining employment or who are at risk of housing instability. Supportive services through BRP include expenses for training, education, tools/equipment, uniforms, transportation related services, rent, utilities and other allowable services. To begin an application or obtain additional information, please contact your local outreach office: Monroe County #618-737-0101; Perry County #618-542-4656; or Randolph County #618-443-5231.


In response to Governor Pritzker’s directives and guidance from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Western Egyptian is not currently accepting face-to-face interactions with customers. Applications are still being accepted and may be submitted via fax, email, mail or at one of our three drop boxes. Our staff will continue to be in the office Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm to answer phones, process applications and provide services.


Western Egyptian has received funding for the Low Income Home Water Assistance Program also known as LIHWAP. This program will be available to income eligible customers in Jackson, Monroe, Perry and Randolph Counties beginning January 1, 2022. LIHWAP requires that the customer either (1) have their water currently shut off due to non-payment; (2) have received a notice of shut off; or (3) owe more than $250 in arrears. To be eligible for assistance, a customer must first complete a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application and be approved. On that application, the customer should mark both energy & water assistance is needed and submit a copy of their water bill with their application. For energy assistance, a customer does not need to be late on their payments. If the customer already has an approved LIHEAP application for this program year (after September 1, 2021), they need only submit a copy of their water bill.

Furnace Assistance

The Furnace Assistance program is now available to restore heat in LIHEAP eligible homes. For more information, please call #618-443-5231.

Nondiscrimination Statement

“In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: 1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or 2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 3. email: program.intake@usda.gov This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”


HEAD START CURRENTLY HAS THE FOLLOWING JOB OPENINGS SITE LEADER/Teacher –Chester Head Start – Part- Year.  40 hours per week.  Must have or be willing to obtain CDL.  Minimum Requirement of Associates Degree with 21 ECE hours.  Bachelor’s Degree with 21 ECE hours preferred.  At least one-year experience working with pre-school children preferred.  Must meet licensing requirements of Illinoi Department of Children and Family Services Licensing Standards.  Equal Opportunity Employer. Bus Monitor:  Sparta Head Start Center. 30 hours per week for 41 weeks. Must have High School Diploma or GED.  Must meet requirements of Illinois Department of Child and Family Services licensing standards.  Equal Opportunity Employer. Bus Driver:  Sparta Head Start – Part-year Center. 30 hours per week for 41 weeks.  Must have High School Diploma or GED.  Must be at least 21 years of age and have a safe driving record.  Must have or obtain valid school bus driver’s permit and valid Illinois Driver’s License (C Classification).  Must meet licensing requirements of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services licensing standards.  Must receive clearance through FBI criminal history records, including fingerprints and child abuse and neglect state registry check.  Equal Opportunity Employer. TO APPLY, PLEASE CALL #618-965-3458

Western Egyptian E.O.C.
1 Industrial Park
P.O. Box 7
Steeleville, IL 62288

p. 618.965.3458
f. 618.965.9421

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