COVID19 Community Resources

Since 1965 Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. has been there to support our communities in their time of need. That remains true today. Although our physical offices are closed to the public to adhere to public health advisories and social distancing recommendations, be assured our staff are working remotely and remain available via phone and email. Whether you are  long standing client or suddenly find yourself in need of assistance, WCAC is committed to helping however we can and connecting vulnerable families with the community resources they need. Together we do better.

  • Home Heating Assistance – new applications being accepted thru MAY 29TH. First time applicants should text HEAT (for English) or CALOR (for Spanish) assistance. Existing clients should message liheap@wcac.net for updated info about your benefit if your income has decreased significantly due to the COVID19 pandemic. For heating emergencies call 508 754-1176 option 2.

 

  • Unemployment Assistance – If you’ve been laid off due to COVID-19, click here for expedited unemployment insurance claim information.
  • Unemployment Assistancesign up for a virtual town hall on applying for unemployment assistance
  • JobGet – employment opportunity data base run by MassHire Central Region Career Center. Click here to search for available jobs.

 

  • Food Assistance – If you were laid off or lost income and need help putting food on the table due to the COVID19 crisis, SNAP food assistance can help. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), gives individuals and families money to buy food. You have the right to apply for SNAP any time you need help.
  • P-EBT Card -The P-EBT program provides additional food support for students who would have received free or reduced-price meals if not for the school closures from COVID-19. This includes any student in a school that provides free meals to all students. Families will get $5.70 per student per day for every day school is closed to buy food. Families receiving DTA benefits will get their benefits on their existing EBT card. Families not currently receiving DTA benefits will be mailed a new P-EBT card. Click here for additional info.
  • Mobile Meals in Worcester – FREE breakfast and lunch or supper meals for all children, Monday – Friday. Students 18 years of age and under along with students in Transitional Special Education and English Learner programs are eligible to participate Click here for schedule.
  • Mobile Meals in Southbridge – Southbridge Public Schools will offer mobile meals to students in need, pick up from three schools as well as Brookside Terrace. Click here for additional info.
  • Mobile Meals in Webster – Webster Public Schools will offer mobile meals to students in need, pick up aailable from three school sites. Click here for additional info.
  • Worcester County Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Shelters

 

  • Services for Seniors – Open for business and accepting referrals! We are delivering Meals on Wheels, providing Case Management, in-home services, investigating elder abuse… visit Elder Services of Worcester Area 
  • Emergency Child Care – Per order of the Governor, all non-emergency child care programs are closed through June 29th. Emergency child care programs authorized by the Department of Early Education & Care will serve children of families designated as COVID19 Essential Workforce. Click here for additional guidance as well as link to authorized child care providers.
  • Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA)– In order to comply with social distancing for the safety of our passengers and drivers effective April 1, 2020 all passengers will board and exit the bus through the rear door. Front door boarding is still available for customers with accessibility needs. WRTA will suspend enforcement of the WRTA fare policy during this time. This policy will be in effect through May 18th.

 

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  • Disaster Distress Hotline– One national telephone resource for linkage to crisis counseling services is the Disaster Distress Helpline, which is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Individuals experiencing distress may call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Additional information on the Disaster Distress Helpline is available via this link.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Additional information on children and trauma is available through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network which is a federally sponsored network focused on trauma-informed care in multiple settings. The website for this network and a link to a resource for parents and caregivers focused specifically on COVID-19 is below:
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