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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For 2019, the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition will be celebrating its 17th year of providing free tax preparation and asset building services to low income working taxpayers throughout Central Massachusetts through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program! Utilizing the free tax preparation services allows families to retain their full refund, avoiding typical preparation fees which can often run into the hundreds of dollars. WCAC will host two VITA sites for 2019. Learn more here.

 

WCAC’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) fuel assistance and Energy Efficiency programs assist homeowners and renters with home heating bills, past due balances on utility bills, and in some cases receiving forgiveness credit and making monthly payments. Energy efficient weatherization, heating system repair and upgrades can help to stretch energy dollars.

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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