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 Child Care Programs Participate in Kick Off for Parent Academy

Citizens for Citizens, Inc. Family Child Care (FCC) System project director Linda Wheelock and FCC system home visitor Lyndsie Brouns along with After School Child Care Director, Eloise Carrier and Michelle Almeida, School Age Site Supervisor attended a Community Forum at Bristol Community College’s Commonwealth College Center on 4-16-15 to discuss a Parent Academy in Fall River.

This was the first official meeting to kick off a new “Parent Academy” program in the Fall River community. Community and academic partners worked together to discuss strategies, barriers and any potential challenges in organizing a Parent Academy in Fall River.

A Parent Academy is a district led, community driven initiative designed to provide educational resources, course work and other opportunities to build the skills, knowledge and know-how of parents and families to become full partners in their child’s’ education.

Research has shown that when families, caring adults, parents, and community partners collaborate to support learning no matter the income or background, students are more likely to:

● Enroll in higher level programs
● Are promoted more and earn more credits
● Earn higher grades and test scores
● Adapt better to school and attend more regularly
● Graduate and go onto higher education
● Have better social skills and behavior

Ms. Wheelock strongly supports this effort and feels that the family child care system staff can be a valuable stake holder in contributing opinions and views on childcare. Wheelock stresses the important role of parent engagement in the early education and child care programs in Fall River.

Using the experience and knowledge, she plans to help formulate strategies to promote parent engagement and supportive parenting. “Children whose parents engage in supportive parenting show better adjustment and are better protected from the consequences of later adversity they may encounter-strengthening families to become self sufficient.”

CFC Receives $14,500 from the Herald News “Holiday Fund”

Normally CFC’s Operation Christmas Program gives presents to hundreds of children during the Christmas season.  But the Operation Christmas Program received a gift of from the Herald News Holiday Fund.

Monday CFC and the Salvation Army equally shared the generosity of everyone that donated to the Holiday Fund with each agency receiving a check for $14,500.

Herald News Advertising Operation Manager Andrea Griffin, Barbara Travis News Editor in Chief Lynne Sullivan and Major Elmer Deming
Herald News Advertising Operation Manager Andrea Griffin, Barbara Travis News Editor in Chief Lynne Sullivan and Major Elmer Deming

Herald News Staff reporter Marc Monroe Dion interviewed CFC’s Community Organizer, Barbara Travis and published the following story.

Please read the story here: