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.


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.


The Worcester Youth Development and Professional Leadership Symposium (WYDPLS) is a collaboration between the City of Worcester, WCAC, Worcester Public Schools, the State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment, Mass Hire and the YouthConnect Coalition. The mission of the WYDPLS is to provide free, trauma-informed training opportunities to youth workers and youth that work who are participating in the YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program. The week-long training, generously supported by a grant from Fallon Community Health, will take place June 24th – 28th. Learn more here.

We all have a role to play in fighting poverty. Have you ever suffered an unanticipated job loss or sudden health crisis? Have you ever struggled to pay the minimum due on your credit card bill or held two jobs just to pay the bills? Far too many households live just on the brink, a mere heartbeat away from financial hardship or poverty. Read about WCAC’s efforts to combat poverty here.

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