In conjunction with the nationwide Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition will host a kick off for its 14th year of providing free tax preparation services for local, low-income households. The program utilizes IRS-trained volunteers to prepare tax returns for households earning less than $54,000. The 2017 Kick off will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the NeighborWorks Home Ownership Center of Central Massachusetts, 138 Green Street in Worcester. Additional details here.
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. was among 43 recipients of grants recently awarded by the Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA). WCAC received a grant of $5,000 which will support financial literacy initiatives at the agency. Read more here.
Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) has been awarded a $62,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts Activation Fund to develop and implement a creative model to address poverty as a community health concern, bringing together community-based organizations, local government, and financial institutions to meet the needs of those striving to improve financial health and stability. Read more about it here.
Worcester Community Action Council’s annual Coat Drive for Kids was able to deliver nearly 400 new winter coats to all of the children enrolled in the agency’s Head Start, Early Head Start and Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County programs, as well as provide for the children of teen parents enrolled in the agency’s Job & Education Center. Read more here.
With the arrival of colder temperatures comes the realization that for many, the option of simply turning up the thermostat does not exist. Low-income individuals and families facing disproportionately high energy costs are often forced to make household budget trade-offs that jeopardize children’s health, including choosing heat over food or health care. Fortunately the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help. Click here for additional information.
Kicking off the fall with some BIG news and a fond farewell. WCAC stands ready to keep people warm with opening of Fuel Assistance program and Annual Coat Drive for Kids. Click here to read more.
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. today welcomed Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Congressman James P. McGovern and other state and local officials for the announcement of public resources totaling $1.1 million dollars to support its renovation of the former Webster senior center located at 116 School Street in order to relocate four of the agency’s Head Start classrooms to Webster. Read full story here.
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. recently welcomed two new staff members to its Job & Education Center team – Case Manager Jacqueline Cox and Job Developer Kwesi Foster. The two will focus on creating employment opportunities for local individuals. Read more here.
While the summer months are most commonly associated with vacations and time off, the work of Community Action Agencies never truly stops. Whether coordinating the YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program, implementing culinary training through Working Cities or a host of other programs and activities, we are most appreciative of the many various partners who support our efforts to help individuals and families reach economic self-sufficiency. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Read more here.