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April 7th Newsletter – MASSCAP

Massachusetts Association for Community Action

Road to Opportunity: Finding the Way Forward

sMASSCAP newsletter – April 7, 2020


  • The effects of the pandemic continue to compound the needs of the people we serve as well as many families seeking help for the first time.
  • The programs we run and services we provide are even more important now to help stabilize lives.
  • The 23 Community Action Agencies here in Massachusetts are doing everything possible to continue to help people while taking the necessary measures to keep everyone safe and healthy.
  • Community Action Staff are creative and innovative in the ways they are finding to continue programs and in identifying new ways to help their communities.

Community Action Agencies across the state are adapting and finding the best ways to serve their clients and communities.

  • In the Pioneer Valley, Community Action Pioneer Valley created a COVID-19 relief fund to help those in need.  They have 3 donors that are matching donations of $10,000 or more – check out the news story.
  • In Plymouth, South Shore Community Action Council is working with school district to ensure that students do not go hungrycheck out the news story.
  • On Cape Ann, Action Inc. is raising money for their Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund to help hourly workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  They have already raised almost 90% of their goal.
  • In Boston, Action for Boston Community Development Head Start Staff prepare and provide food to families to ensure nutritious meals.
  • In Fall River, Citizens for Citizens is making access to services easy and making sure people know how to contact them – check out the news story.
  • In Merrimack Valley, Community Teamwork Inc. received an additional $1 million for RAFT (Rental Assistance for Families in Transition) for short term assistance in keeping people housed.  Funding will be distributed in partnership with Greater Lawrence Community Action Council and Community Action Inc. (Haverhill) – check out news story.

Heating Help is still Available!  Agencies are taking applications over the phone.  Visit heatinghelpma.org for more information about fuel assistance and the agency serving your area.

Free Tax Prep is available at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.  Find your Community Action VITA site at masscap.org/freetaxprep.

We urge you to support the FY21 priorities so that together we can move forward on the road to opportunity. Visit our Public Policy Priorities webpage.

Get Everyone Counted: Census 2020!  Federal funding is at stake!  Health care, education, and emergency planning all depend on getting an accurate census count.


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