The pandemic is affecting our lives in profound and unexpected ways. As completely unexpected as this pandemic is, we are not surprised at all at how we are all pulling together and adjusting so that we can continue to help, protect, and support the people we serve.
During this time, we have overriding concerns for our health and the health of our families, friends, and neighbors. We realize that the effects of the pandemic, and our necessary collective response to it, are compounding the needs of the people we serve and are causing many families to seek our help for the first time.
We recognize that the programs that we run are even more important now to help stabilize lives. For example, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free tax preparation and helps people access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits — funds that will be even more critical during this time. Heating help programs including Fuel Assistance helps people stay safe in their homes — staying home is even more critical to stay healthy during this time.
The Community Action network here in Massachusetts (as well as across the country) is doing everything possible to continue to help people access the programs and services they need while taking the necessary measures to keep everyone safe and healthy.