Worcester Community Action Council looks back at 2020: Rather than lament what we were not able to do or attempt to put the year behind us without looking back, we are determined to carry with us the lessons of the year and remain vigilant in our quest to break the cycle of poverty. Check out our 2020 Annual Report here. Special thanks to PENTA Communications for creating such a stunning, dynamic piece to highlight our efforts throughout the past year.
Today Worcester Community Action Council joined the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) along with the other 22 Community Action Agencies in the state, Congressman Richard Neal, State Senator Jo Comerford, and State Representative Natalie Blais among others in kicking off this year’s tax season by launching the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) as well as recognizing the importance of accessing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Read more here.
Our resolve for 2021 is to continue to be a collaborator and partner with our peer organizations to offer a more seamless means to support our most vulnerable members of our community and strive to do our part in the effort to reverse the ills of the preexisting conditions of COVID. Our work will, as always, be purposeful and persistent and will maintain our vision to break the cycle of poverty one neighbor at a time. Read more here.
UniBank has announced a donation of $20,000 to Worcester Community Action Council, Inc to assist local residents with home heating costs. The donation will support the agency’s Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund which provides critical support to local households whose needs often extend beyond what they receive in federal assistance. Read more here.
Whether your holiday traditions include lighting a menorah or a kinara, gathering around a Christmas tree or another means of celebrating, we at WCAC wish you peace, good health and happiness. 2020 has tested us all and while the promise of a vaccine brings a sense of hope, WCAC remains committed to helping all those in need throughout our community for as long as it takes to collectively recover from this devastating pandemic. Read more here.
Cornerstone Bank has announced a donation of $40,000 to Worcester Community Action Council, Inc to assist local residents with home heating costs. The donation will support the agency’s Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund. Every year, this fund provides critical support to clients who are most vulnerable to high home heating costs and whose needs often extend beyond what they receive in federal assistance. Read more here.
Bank of America today announced the Worcester Community Action Council as a Neighborhood Champion, a recognition that includes both grant funding and leadership training. The Neighborhood Champions program supports the role strong nonprofit leaders play in advancing economic mobility, and is an extension of the bank’s signature philanthropic initiative, Neighborhood Builders®, the largest corporate philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership in the country. As part of the program, WCAC will receive $50,000 in grant support and an opportunity for engagement in virtual leadership training delivered by experts in the nonprofit sector. Read more here.
WCAC today joined MASSCAP, along with Action Inc., the network of Community Action Agencies in Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Energy Directors Association (MEDA), to launch its annual statewide awareness campaign to ensure that vulnerable Massachusetts families are able to keep safe, warm and healthy this winter. Heating help programs include both fuel assistance and energy efficiency programs. The awareness campaign started today with the live streamed virtual kickoff event (Click here to watch). Read more here.