Welcome to Citizens for Citizens

People living in poverty often need assistance with emergency situations and help with their own efforts to improve the circumstances under which they live. Citizens for Citizens, Inc. (CFC) is the Community Action Agency serving the cities of Fall River and Taunton.Additionally,CFC also serves the surrounding towns of Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Lakeville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport.

Citizens for Citizens, Inc. is an antipoverty social services agency, assisting over 42,000  households  each year by providing short-term services that support families during financial crisis situations through its Fuel Assistance, Food Pantry, and Rental Assistance programs. In addition, CFC provides long-range solutions through diverse programs that seek to empower low-income individuals and families with the ability to overcome the burdens of poverty by giving them the tools necessary to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by offering programs such as Weatherization Assistance, Head Start,Early Head Start, After School Day Care, HEART WAP, Senior Aide, Foster Grandparent, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Family Planning, and Volunteer Income Tax Return Preparation.

In keeping with the standards established for nearly fifty years of service to the low-income community, the dedicated management and staff of Citizens for Citizens, Inc. are continuing to search for and develop innovative new programs to combat poverty and help families to lead healthier, happier, and more productive lives.


2014-2015 Fuel Assistance & Weatherization Income Guidelines

Wondering if you qualify for Fuel Assistance? If you do you may also apply for the Weatherization Program and the Home Heating Repair / Replacement Program. Please call the numbers listed below to apply for the Fuel Assistance Program and then you can apply for these energy saving programs.

Here’s a brief overview of the income guidelines for most typical families:

Household Size Maximum 4 Weeks Gross Income or Gross Yearly
1 $2,509/ $32,618 year
2 $3,280/ $42,654 year
3 $4,052/ $52,691 year
4 $4,824/ $62,727 year

For information on larger families, or for other Fuel Assistance related inquiries, please call our offices at (508) 676-7397 or (508) 676-7398

Mark Sullivan Steps Down After 43 Years

Citizens for Citizens Inc. Executive Director, Mark A. Sullivan, Jr., will be stepping down as  effective February 1, 2015.

After 43 years heading the local community action agency for the greater Fall River and Taunton areas Mark has decided it was time to move on. You can read the story published Saturday January 24th in the Herald News  here:

CFC’s 2014 Operation Christmas Toy Distribution

On a cold Saturday morning, December 20, the line began to form at 5:30  so toys could be distributed to more than 3000 families by the Citizens for Citizens, Inc. (CFC) 2014 Operation Christmas Program to local low-income families, as gifts from Santa Claus for their young children.


Holiday-spirited volunteers distributed the new toys to families that had previously been registered, and whose need had been validated by CFC staffers. To those people not able to stop by the CFC Griffin Street headquarters on Saturday, an additional toy distribution would be provided on the following Monday.

Operation Christmas began distributing toys in 1975, under the direction of the late CFC Deputy Executive Director, Frank Sullivan.


At that time, the toys being collected were used and donated by people in the community. Students from Bristol Community College would join other CFC staff in refurbishing the toys so they could be given to children who otherwise may not have anything from Santa Claus under the Christmas tree.

The person who makes certain that Operation Christmas is successful and runs smoothly each year now is the Director of CFC Operation Christmas. Barbara Travis. Barbara is always quick to give credit and thanks to the program volunteers, the Herald News Holiday Fund and the generous donations made by local business and residents.

Barbara Travis
Barbara Travis

This year Haven’s Healing Hands gave their time and hard work in loading large black plastic bags with toys for children, aged infant to twelve.


Havens Helping Hands
Havens Helping Hands

Barbara expressed the ultimate goal of her program by saying, “I’m hoping we’re making some kids happy.” There is no doubt that goal was achieved, with many thousands of disadvantaged local children receiving the gift of Christmas holiday celebration and happiness from everyone who worked on behalf of Operation Christmas.

Please read the Herald News story here.