Welcome to Worcester Community Action Council

Worcester Community Action Council's (WCAC) mission is helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy. WCAC was started in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty." It is the federally designated "community action agency" for Central MA. Today, the agency serves the City of Worcester and 45 surrounding towns through emergency and social service programs.

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Bank On Worcester County is a creative approach to addressing poverty as a community health concern, resulting in a unified partnership of local government, non-profit organizations and banking institutions focused on increasing financial stability for low-to-moderate-income individuals and families through access to banking and financial education. Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

Effective programs that help families to make ends meet, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, SNAP, fuel assistance, Head Start, and Social Security cut the number of people in Massachusetts living in poverty by almost half and reduce the number of children living in poverty by more than half, according to a new report on poverty called Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward Together.”  Join us for a community forum exploring strategies & solutions to addressing poverty here in Worcester on October 5, 2018. Register here.

 

WCAC has entered into a 25-year lease with the Town of Webster to renovate the former Senior Center property, located at 116 School Street, in order to relocate four of the agency’s Head Start classrooms from Southbridge to Webster. A capital campaign is underway to raise the funds needed to complete the building renovation with a targeted completion date of January 2019. Learn more about the project here.

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