Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 6, 2018                                                                                              Contact:  Ellen M. Ganley, Director of Development  508 762-9807 
WCAC offers Free Tax Prep Services
VITA program expanded to Southbridge
Southbridge, Massachusetts - 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.

Recognizing the economic challenges facing so many in the community, the ability to have income taxes prepared for free by volunteers trained to identify all eligible credits, will result in local families securing and retaining greater returns, which ultimately are returned to the local economy in investments in housing (purchase or rent), vehicles (repair or purchase) and the like.  WCAC recognizes the VITA program as an important  strategy to build household assets and increase economic self-sufficiency for low and moderate income working individuals and families. WCAC has operated a VITA site in the City of Worcester for more than a decade. This is the first time the agency has been able to open the program to the Town of Southbridge.

This expansion represents one of the financial empowerment programs the agency will make available to Southbridge residents this year.  This spring, the WCAC will launch Bank On Worcester County, a partnership with local financial institutions funded by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts and designed to connect unbanked residents in Southbridge with affordable, safe transaction accounts at Cornerstone Bank. 
About WCAC

Since 1965, the Worcester Community Action Council has served as the federally designated anti-poverty agency for central and southern Worcester County, with a mission of helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy.

Serving the City of Worcester and 45 neighboring communities of Auburn, Blackstone, Boylston, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holden, Holland, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Grafton, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Palmer, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Westborough.  
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