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.


Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government undertakes a census of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives as well as the how $675 billion are allocated across the U.S., $16 billion in Massachusetts alone. The next federal census is April 1, 2020. Learn more here!


WCAC is conducting a three-year Strategic Plan with a Community Needs Assessment.  As a community member, we value your input about the needs of your community in our planning process.  Your responses will help us to plan important programming and take action in the years ahead.  All responses will be kept confidential and will not effect eligibility for services. Click here to take survey.

For 2020, we will be celebrating the 18th year of providing free tax preparation and asset building services to low income working taxpayers throughout Central Massachusetts!  Review your eligibility and schedule an online appointment here. 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.

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