“Today’s frigid temperatures bring into sharp focus the need for state support for fuel assistance. We are so grateful to the Legislature and the Governor for allocating $57 million at the end of 2022 to help our vulnerable friends and neighbors cover their heating costs,” said Joe Diamond, MASSCAP Executive Director. Read more here.
The Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition will celebrate 20 years of making tax credits and tax preparation accessible for low income households through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program with a kickoff planned for January 30th. Read more here.
WCAC will be closed to the public January 5th – 10th to facilitate the relocation of our office. We will reopen to the public at our new space located on the 5th floor at 18 Chestnut Street, Worcester on Wednesday, January 11th. We are working hard to minimize interruption in service to our clients during this time but do anticipate brief periods of impact on our phone lines and email system as we transition to our new space. The public’s continued patience and understanding is appreciated. Additional details here.
WCAC and the City of Worcester will host an important forum in response to rising home heating costs. The forum will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at 18 Chestnut Street, Worcester, Community Conversation: Resources to Help with Rising Home Heating Costs for Low/Moderate Income Households. Read more here.
Our capacity to deliver high quality services to our most vulnerable populations- children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and our low- and moderate-income families- is reliant on your history of generous support, which has acted a critical boost for WCAC’s work. The need for your support continues this year. Your donation will help us provide a quick response to client needs today, and position WCAC with a greater capacity to address the long-term economic effects our community will face in the future. Support WCAC.
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. officially opens its 2022-23 season for home heating assistance on November 1, 2022. Financial assistance is available for income-eligible households to help pay home heating bills incurred between November 1 – April 30 of each year. Applications for assistance can be submitted at any point during that time. Read more here.
One of our favorite days of the year – Read for the Record! We were thrilled to welcome so many guest readers to our Head Start classrooms today to share a story! Special thanks to Senator Mike Moore, Representative Joe McKenna, Representative Peter Durant, Mary O’Coin from United Way of South Central MA, representatives of the Southbridge Retired Teachers Association and two of WCAC’s Board Members, Kristen Lemire and Peter Martin. Special thanks to Southbridge CreditUnion for their sponsorship of this fun, early literacy event – ensuring each child will get a book to take home! See more photos here. #HeadStartWorks #BeCommunityAction
Webster Five recently made a donation of $25,000 to bolster Worcester Community Action Council’s (WCAC) Emergency Fuel Fund. With retail prices for energy at or near multi-year highs across the United States, WCAC is bracing for an extremely challenging winter heating season, having already seen an increase of more than 200% in new applications to its federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Read more here.