BCAC’s Community Programs department offers a variety of programs designed to provide low-income families and individuals with services that promote self-sufficiency. After the clients immediate or emergency needs have been met, Community Programs provides further assistance through advocacy, case management, information, and referrals. Staff works closely with state agencies, other local service providers, and the business community to stay current with the latest information, services, and resources available to help move low-income people out of poverty.
BCAC offers asset development programs such as Financial Literacy Training, microloans and a low interest car loan/assurance program for qualified individuals. All of these programs are designed to assist consumers in building credit.
Warm Clothing Program
No child should be left out in the cold this winter. The BCAC Warm Winter Clothing Program provides children age 12 and under with a brand new warm coat, boots, hat, mittens and scarves.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free Federal & State tax return preparation for low income families in Berkshire County provided by trained volunteers. The program increases the capacity for low-income families to file returns, and improves the accuracy of the returns.
BCAC’s Representative Payee Program
The Representative Payee Program provides basic money management support to Social Security beneficiaries who require assistance managing funds and finances. The program acts as the institutional representative or “rep” payee for individuals and families to ensure that those who receive Social Security income are able to pay their rent, utilities, and other expenses in full and on time.
The Emergency Assistance and Referral program assists families who are facing a crisis situation. Emergency Services helps families and individuals get through an immediate, short term crisis for which all other resources have been exhausted.
BCAC is partnered with the Western Mass Food Bank in providing a system of food pantry distribution.
The Community Connector Partnership is a referral based multi-agency program designed to offer multiple points of service entry and a streamlined “no wrong door” approach to providing individuals access to programs and services in the Berkshires. The Partnership’s combined resources and collaborative approach enhance the ability of each partner agency, large or small to provide the individuals it serves with needed services. The Partnership strives to provide individuals and families a connection to programs and services that lead to increased financial stability, better employment, access to educational opportunities and enhanced family stability.
Want to learn more?
Contact: Stephanie Bosley
Community Connector Partnership Coordiantor