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

Mark Sullivan Feted at Retirement Party

Jubilation filled the Venus De Milo Athena Ballroom last Saturday as a host of friends, family, anti-poverty advocates and elected officials gathered to celebrate the career of Mark A. Sullivan Jr. by offering their best wishes at the Executive Director’s retirement celebration.

Opening the evening’s ceremonies Representatives Paul Schmid and Carole Fiola presented Mark with a State Legislature’s Official Citation, recognizing Mark for his 43 years of service helping those in need as Executive Director of Citizens for Citizens. Testimonials followed, with Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn thanking Mark for his many years of work helping those in the greater Fall River area.
But the most touching moments came from his son Riley who recalled fondly the memories of being raised in such a loving family before the slideshow celebrating the span of both his father’s career and home life was shown as Mark, his wife and family looked on.

Mark and Rolande entering the celebration
Mark and Rolande entering the celebration

“It’s over-whelming, it truly is, I’ve seen so many people I haven’t seen in years,” Mark said as said as he and more than 350 well-wishers present were flooded with memories formed into photographs and projected six feet high across the screen.
Leading the list of local dignitaries in attendance was retired U.S. Congressman Barney Frank who called his friend’s retirement, “the end of an era,” as the two worked towards common goals over the course of their respective careers.
“He was extremely hard-working and that had a positive impact on the region,” Representative Frank said, calling Marks’s combination of ability and desire to help people, a real asset.

Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter was also on hand, saying the city is in Marks’s debt and recalling his own memories of Marks’s father and his anti-poverty efforts, “it’s not too hard to see where Mark got his good heart,” the Mayor concluded.
Well deserved, Mr. Sullivan’s retirement marks a change in CFC as the first Executive Director since beginning its second incarnation in 1972 steps down and long time CFC Associate Director David Biltcliffe takes the helm of the Community Action Agency

Colleagues of the retiring Sullivan also took time away from the festivities to share their feelings and compliment Marks’s political acumen.

“Mark is a good man, asking the federal government to step up and make sure people have heat to get them through the winter is a challenge and he was committed,” Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. President and CEO John Drew said. Executive Director of PACE Bruce Morel called Mark, “one of a kind and a natural in the service provider’s realm.”

As for the retiring Director, nights like last Saturday with friends and family aside, he intends to take it easy- but not too easy, “I’ll probably spend a lot of time down at the Boys and Girls Club,” Mark said between the ever-present streams of well-wishers waiting their turn to say good-bye.

Fallon Health Donates $2,000 to CFC’s Food Pantry

Representatives from Fallon  Health  presented a check for $2,000 to Citizens for Citizens food pantry.

Director of Community Relations, Kimberly Salmon, Account Executive, Olivia Botelho, along with Senior Community Relations Associate, Cheryl Schmaltz presented the check to CFC’s Food Pantry Coordinator, Crystal Arpa.

(L to R) Fallon,Dir. Community Relations,Kimberly Salmon, Coyle Cassidy Rep. Mike Cote, CFC's Crystal Arpa, Fallon , Cheryl Schmaltz and Fallon Account Executive Olivia Botelho

(L to R) Kimberly Salmon, Coyle Cassidy Rep. Mike Cote, CFC’s Crystal Arpa, Cheryl Schmaltz and Olivia Botelho

Receiving a $1,000 check for the purchase of food was Michael Cote, representing the Coyle & Cassidy High School in Taunton.

Fallon Health has donated funds for CFC’s food pantry for several  years. Arpa said “The funds are used to purchase food supplied by the Greater Boston Food Bank, the infusion of these funds allow CFC to purchase food at a reduced price and  increase the amount of provisions to serve our clients.”