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

UnitedHealth care Donates $1,000 to provide Seniors with Personnel Care Items

Citizens for Citizens received $1,000 from UnitedHealth care to provide area senior citizens with personal care products.Natercia (Tasha) Pereira, Senior Account Manager-Senior Care Options presented the check to CFC’s Crystal Arpa.

Belinda Centeio and Natercia (Tasha) Pereirs shopping
Belinda Centeio and Natercia (Tasha) Pereirs shopping

Arpa and several volunteers went shopping at the local Wal-Mart for the items that would be distributed to the 100 seniors.  Various CFC program directors in Fall River and Taunton were provided with a select number of bags containing the personal care items to distribute to seniors. The bags contained an array of products that would be useful to the seniors such as, laundry detergent, liquid dishwashing soap, bath soap and paper towels.

Bags with items for seniors
Bags with items for seniors

CFC thanks the United Healthcare for their generous donation for this creative way of ensuring that seniors in CFC service area receive help with day to day living.

Mechanics Cooperative Bank donates $2,500 to CFC’s Fuel Assistance Program

The CFC Fuel Assistance Program recently received a $2,500 donation to assist clients with their home heating bills.  Mechanics Cooperative Bank, Vice President, Commercial Lender, Anthony Mederios made the presentation of the check to CFC’s Assistant Director, Elizabeth Berube and Fuel Assistance Director, Garth Patterson.

(Left to right) Elizabeth Berube, Anthony Medeiros and Garth Patterson
(Left to right) Elizabeth Berube, Anthony Medeiros and Garth Patterson

Mr. Patterson said, “These funds will help  clients who may exhaust their heating allocation before the winter is over.”

Citizens for Citizens Fuel Assistance Program is currently accepting applications. Any families who wish to apply should call the CFC fuel assistance line 508-676-7397 for information  to apply.