What We Do
LEO Inc. provides a safety net of services for at-risk, low-income families, stabilizing them for the short term while investing in a long-term, two-generation approach to education that promotes economic independence and family stability. We partner with individuals, children and families in Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott, and Wakefield to increase participation in programs that maximize their potential. Together we demonstrate that it is possible to break the cycle of poverty and move forward.
LEO’s signature programs are Early Head Start and Head Start, early education and care for children from birth to 5 years; and Home Energy/Fuel assistance. LEO’s intake and referral process ensures that our clients have access to the full complement of services for which they qualify, which also include supplemental food distribution, emergency rent and utility assistance, English language and financial literacy classes, VITA income tax preparation, and other programs that improve an adult’s ability to be an effective caregiver and head of household.
LEO Embraces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
LEO Inc. is committed to the principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Founded in 1965 as the community action agency for Greater Lynn, our charge has always been to acknowledge and value the diverse human potential within our region and to establish equitable and inclusive programs and policies that promote economic opportunity for all people. LEO is dedicated to meaningful actions that promote true social justice in partnership with our community.
At LEO, we:
• Foster an environment that welcomes and values different backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences.
• Work to incorporate those perspectives in ways that refresh and enrich our broader community.
• Partner with individuals and families to provide education and employment opportunities, food and housing security, utility and conservation resources.
• Believe that equity demands that each individual circumstance receives equal consideration to achieve desired goals.
By amplifying our core mission and values, we aspire to be an agency that reflects the diversity we see in our community – through our accessibility to the public, hiring practices, multi-generational approach to education, and leadership opportunities that promote stakeholders, including staff as thought leaders among their peers.
This work is fluid and requires thoughtful reevaluation of our beliefs, attitudes and behavior, our policies, practices and systems, so that all people within our sphere of influence are genuinely valued, respected and heard.