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.


2015-2016 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 $2,548/ $33,126 year
2 $3,332/ $43,319 year
3 $4,116/ $53,511 year
4 $4,900/ $63,704 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 Distributes Thanksgiving Food Baskets

CFC distributed more than 150 Thanksgiving Baskets Thursday, November 19, 2015 with the help of the Family Planning Making Proud Choices Program (MPC) participants.

While the number of baskets distributed was less  than last year due to the high cost of turkeys the thanks from the recipients was just as sincere.  CFC Food Pantry Coordinator, Crystal Arpa, oversaw the aspects of the distribution.

Crystal Arpa speaking to Ann Mederios & Donna August
Crystal Arpa speaking to Ann Mederios & Donna August

The Making Proud Choices Program  high school peer leaders supervised  by Family Planning staff member, Ann Marie Mederios,  volunteered to distribute the turkey baskets. Crystal said” Without the help of the peer leaders CFC would be hard pressed to distribute the baskets to the families.”

Canned goods, fresh vegetables, and of course turkeys were some of the items that the MPC participants worked diligently to ensure that all the families that requested baskets received them.

Ann Mederios
Ann Mederios

As in previous years, the food items were provided by the Boston Food Bank and New Bedford United Way, Hunger Commission.

At the end of the evening all the volunteers were tired but pleased that, so many families would have a Thanksgiving meal to share.


2015 Holiday Fund Kick Off

The Herald News, Taunton Gazette Holiday Fund got off to a roaring start Thursday November 19, 2015.

The Holiday Fund sponsored by the Herald News and Taunton Gazette raise funds to help Citizens for Citizens Operation Christmas and the Salvation Army.

A silent auction began the fund raising activities with $3,000 being contributed to the cause.

This is the 14th year that the Holiday Fund has existed more than $365,000 has been raised throughout this period.


Please read the story published in the Herald News here.