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

Citizens for Citizens 2015 Annual Meeting

James E. Dolin was re-elected as President of the Board of Directors of Citizens for Citizens at the annual meeting held June 24 at the Venus de Milo in Swansea. Other officers elected were First Vice President, Jacqueline Cummings, Second Vice President, Raymond Almeida, Treasurer, Eugene J. Kosinski, and Ronald Costa Secretary.

Dolin recognized three former members of CFC that recently retired. Long time Executive Director, Mark A. Sullivan, Jr., former Head Start Director, Neil Lynch and Arlene Greenhalgh from the finance department.

CFC President James E. Dolin Opening the Annual Meeting
CFC President James E. Dolin Opening the Annual Meeting

The presentations of scholarships and awards to members of the community were given. Receiving the Edward “Jud” Sullivan Scholarship was Danielle Simoes presented by Jackie Cummings. Ms. Simoes is a 2015 graduate of Westport High School ranking 2nd in her class with a GPA of 4.375. She was a student at CFC’s After School Child Care Program as well as CFC’s Family Child Care program.

Danielle is the President of Students Against Destructive Decisions a member of the National Honor Society and a mentor in the Peer Mentoring Program.

She will be attending Bridgewater State University majoring in education. Her professional goal is to become an elementary teacher in Special Education.

The Adam Clayton Powell Achievement Award was given to Jessica Souza by CFC Treasurer; Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr. Ms. Souza recently graduated from BCC with a GPA of 4.0. She will be entering BCC’s nursing program this fall with hopes of attaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing with the aspiration of becoming a nurse practitioner.

CFC Treasurer, Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr presenting the Adam Clayton Powell Achievement Award to Jessica Souza
CFC Treasurer, Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr presenting the Adam Clayton Powell Achievement Award to Jessica Souza

Mr. Kosinski explained the importance of the people who the scholarships were named for. Edward “Jud” Sullivan was CFC’s first Executive Director. Adam Clayton Powell, the first African-American Congressman from New York elected to congress. As chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee, Powell presided over passage of federal social programs such as, minimum wage, Medicaid for low-income households and equal wages for women.

Crystal Arpa, CFC Food Pantry Coordinator spoke about Bruce Aldridge, the gentleman who runs the Toys for Tots program with the Marine Corps in Somerset. Ms. Arpa said the Operation Christmas Program has been the recipient of countless toys during the years Mr. Aldridge has been involved with the program. Mr. Aldridge was awarded the Robert J. Nagle Community Service Award for his untiring work for the program.

Also receiving the Robert J. Nagle Community Award for work in the City of Taunton was Kathy Rodriquez. Ms. Rodriquez received toys for her children from the Taunton Operation Christmas Program in the past. Taunton Office Manager, Debbie Araujo, presented the award and told how Ms. Rodriquez contacted her when the company she now works for was seeking a program to donate toys, books, hat and mittens too. Kathy headed up the drive for these donations and delivered two cars full of items for distribution to the children in the Taunton area.

CFC Executive Director, David  A. Biltcliffe presenting the annual report
CFC Executive Director, David A. Biltcliffe presenting the annual report

CFC’s Executive Director, David Biltcliffe presented the Director’s annual report. He reported that since his appointment as Executive Director less than five months ago the transition was continuing along well and he looked forward to celebrating CFC’s 50th anniversary. He thanked the board members for their confidence and the staff for their work they provide on a daily basis.

2015 RSVP Recognition Breakfast

The Venus de Milo restaurant in Swansea was the venue where more than 150 Retired Senior Volunteers (RSVP) were recognized for their service to non-profits throughout CFC’s service area.

RSVP Director, Judy Charest, opened the event by welcoming and thanking all the attendees.  She noted that more than 42,000 hours were provided by the RSVP’s by more than 240 volunteers. Taunton Mayor, Tom Hoye, Jr. heaped praise on the volunteers and stated how important they are to the City of Taunton and how their efforts contributed to a better quality of life for the residents of Taunton.  Following the Mayor was Fall River City Councilor, Ray Mitchell; Ray also praised the volunteers and thanked them for their selfless work they provided to the agencies in Fall River.


Pastor Ken Mac Million gave the invocation and then breakfast was served by the Venus de Milo wait staff. With breakfast finished Eugene Kosinski, Jr., CFC Treasurer spoke about the late RSVP Director, Mike Geary. Gene spoke about Mike as someone always smiling and seldom complaining.  He also remembered when the RSVP programs funding was cut and a directive from Washington said to reduce the number of volunteers Mike said “How do you un-volunteer a volunteer?” In the audience was Mike’s widow Claire and his grand-daughter Shauna.  Claire spoke about Mike and said “He loved CFC and the all the people associated with it.”

-CFC Treasurer Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr. spekaing about former RSVP Director Mike Geary
-CFC Treasurer Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr. spekaing about former RSVP Director Mike Geary

After the speaking program a raffle was held for donated prizes the grand prize was a 32 inch flat screen TV.  The RSVP’s left with the knowledge that the hours they donate are greatly appreciated and how important they are.