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.


2013-2014 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 $2,466/ $32,065 year
2 $3,225/ $41,932 year
3 $3,984/ $51,798 year
4 $4,743/ $61,644 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

Head Start/Early Head Start Annual Report

Citizens For Citizens Inc.
264 Griffin St. Fall River, MA
For the most recently completed Fiscal Year
2012 – 2013

FEDERAL: $4,029,752 STATE: Salaries- $239,259
USDA- $209,673 UPK- $37,611
Vouchers- $87,388

Total State= $364,258

Privately Donated Supplies, Goods, Space & Services: $399,100

Federal Budget Breakdown: Salaries- $2,186,653 Fringe- $1,247,874 Travel- $7,500
Equipment-$5,000 Supplies- $54,700 Contractual- $29,998
Other- $498,027 Non-Federal Contribution to above: $647,438

For Program Year 9-1-12 to 6-30-13
Total Number of Head Start Children Served: 471- Families Served: 436
Total Number of Early Head Start Children Served: 79- Families Served: 59
Number of Pregnant Moms served by EHS: 5

Estimated Total Eligible Children served by Program: 13% All others: 10%

Medical Screening- Head Start: 99.78% Early Head Start: 100%
Dental Screening- Head Start: 98.9% Early Head Start: 91.14%

For Fiscal Year 5-1-12 to 4-30-13

Funded enrollment: Head Start: 405- Average Monthly Enrollment- 102.13%
Early Head Start: 40- Average Monthly Enrollment-100.25%

Federal Review 2013: 2 issues corrected: In Compliance
Annual Independent Audit: No Findings (7-1-2012 to 6-30-2013)

Parent Involvement: Centers conduct Monthly Parent meetings discussing parent concerns and group activities. Committees elect a Delegate and an Alternate to sit on the Policy Council. PC meets monthly to approve the hiring of staff and to review and approve Budgets and Grant submissions. PC includes representatives of the Good Guys, a committee of Fathers and Grandfathers who meet to improve the involvement of Males in their children’s education.

Kindergarten Transition: 236 children were transitioned into Kindergarten. This program serves 8 separate School Districts and hosts K-registration activities at the Head Start Aldrich site for the Fall River School Department which serves 85% of our families. 4-4-14

Mayor Flanagan announces Day of Recognition for National Service


RSVP Director, Judy Charest with Fall River Mayor William Flangan
RSVP Director, Judy Charest with Fall River Mayor William Flangan

Citizens for Citizens Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was one of several programs from various agencies that took part in Mayor Flanagan’s press conference April 1,2014 held at the Fall River Government Center to discuss the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service.

Flanagan announced, Saturday April 26th there would be a citywide effort to clean up and beautify the city neighborhoods. Among the many tasks to be performed are cleaning the parks & playgrounds of rubbish, trash and other debris.

The RSVP Director, Judy Charest, along with other CFC staff members will be pitching in to help clean the city neighborhoods.

If you are 55 years or older and are interested in becoming a Retired Senior Volunteer please call Judy Charest at 508-679-0041.