Free Tax Prep Services expanded to Southbridge

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. will be offering free tax preparation in Southbridge as part of its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for low and moderate income working individuals and families. Services will be available by appointment only at the agency’s Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County office, 61 Pine Street, Southbridge, on Thursday and Friday evenings through the end of March. Call 508-909-0061 x10 to schedule an appointment.  The program is supported in part by a grant from the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge & Charlton. Click here for additional information.

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WCAC welcomes new Board Chair

At its annual meeting earlier this month, Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. welcomed Noreen Johnson Smith as its new Board Chair. Johnson Smith is the Chief Development Officer at the Family Health Center of Worcester. She has served on the board for five years. Read more here.

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We Are Community Action

“What can change the world today is the same thing that has changed it in the past – an idea and the service of dedicated, committed individuals to that idea.”  Check out WCAC’s new Community Impact Video, our new Annual Report and learn about our ongoing commitment to helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy. Read more here.

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Free Tax Services Kicked Off

In conjunction with the nationwide Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition today kicked off its 14th year of providing free tax preparation services for local, low-income households at the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center in Worcester. Congressman Jim McGovern and City Manager Ed Augustus were among those in attendance to promote the program which utilizes IRS-trained volunteers to prepare tax returns for households earning less than $54,000. Read more here.

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Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition to host 14th Annual Kickoff

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.

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MA Bankers grant to support Financial Literacy

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.

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Health Foundation Grant to support ‘BankOn’ for Financial Health

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.

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Warmed by community generosity

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.

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Fuel Assistance Now Available

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.

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September Enewsletter

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.

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IMPORTANT NOTICEPLEASE READ

IMPORTANT NOTICE: WCAC's main office remains closed due to ongoing building issues. Fuel clients can call 508-754-7281 to check on the status of your application by entering your social security number and/or to leave a voicemail for staff to call back. For all other home heating inquiries please contact For all other matters contact    (Updated 5/23/2022)