In 2019, the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition is celebrating its 17th year of providing free tax preparation and asset building services to low income working taxpayers throughout Central Massachusetts! Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, IRS-certified volunteers prepare taxes and specifically look for tax credits the household may be eligible for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC) and other credits. Read more here.
Worcester Community Action Council’s Head Start program has been named the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation to support a science and nature curriculum in all of the agency’s twelve classrooms. The initiative, in collaboration with Massachusetts Audubon Broad Meadow Brook, will provide for multiple classroom visits and hands-on lessons at WCAC’s Head Start center by MA Audubon staff, culminating with a field trip to the sanctuary for children to participate in a nature hike. Read more here.
Each year Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. undertakes a Coat Drive in order to provide new winter coats to all of the children enrolled in the agency’s Early Head Start, Head Start, and Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County programs, as well as for the children of the teen parents enrolled in the agency’s Job & Education Center (JEC). More than just a new coat, the program seeks to alleviate the burden of purchasing a new coat for our vulnerable families, while also preventing children from getting sick, missing school and thus causing parents to miss work or school themselves. Read more here.
Representatives from Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. today joined the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) and its community action colleagues from throughout the Commonwealth at the State House in Boston to call for the inclusion of $30 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the next FY19 Supplemental Budget. Read more here.
MassDevelopment has issued a $1 million loan to the Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC), an agency that offers a wide range of education, employment, and social service programs throughout 45 communities in Central Massachusetts. WCAC is currently in the process of converting the facility into classroom space for its Head Start program for South Central Worcester County. WCAC has received $1.7 million in federal and state grants for building renovations and has raised over $500,000 in capital campaign contributions for the project. The organization will use proceeds of the MassDevelopment loan to complete the proposed renovations and improvements. Read the full story here.
WCAC is thrilled to be partnering with the Hanover Theatre for the Peforming Arts for a special holiday happening to benefit WCAC’s programs and services. A percentage of all tickets sold to the Thursday, December 20, 2018 performance of A Christmas Carol will be donated to WCAC. Special VIP tickets available for $60 per person – include admission to pre-show reception where you can meet and mingle with members of the cast while enjoying hors d’eouvres and cash bar. Learn more and reserve your tickets here.
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 poverty. We all have a role to play in fighting poverty. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. We hope we can count on your support for WCAC’s critical programs and services to help move families to economic self-sufficiency. Click here for further details.