COVID-19 Response: Community Action Ready to Help

Mar 25, 2020

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Updated 4/7/20

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.

What to do if you need help: Contact your Community Action Agency via phone or emailFind your agency here.

What to do if you need Heating Help: Find your Fuel Agency here.  Note Agencies are taking applications over the phone.

What to do if you need Free Tax Preparation:  Find a VITA site.  Note call the VITA site first to understand how to work with them.

For more information about Community Action in MA, visit our Community Action Works page.

Read our newsletters for more information about current activities.

Additional Resources:
MA Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19
Community Action Partnership: COVID-19 Guidance and Resources