At Peoples Church we recognize that people have material needs in addition to spiritual needs. We do our best to help individuals in need by offering food pantry and clothing giveaways, but we also recognize that we cannot meet all the physical needs of people in our community. Therefore, we have provided a list of organization which may be able to help you:

Gardner Community Action Committee
70 Waterford Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Phone: (978) 632-8700
Fax: (978) 630-4684
The Gardner CAC, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing a variety of programs to the economically disadvantaged of the Greater Gardner area:

  • Food Distribution Program: provides food to families and individuals (Mon-Fri, 9am to 1pm);
  • Help Connection: provides a way to connect people to various services;
  • Emergency Funds assistance with needs like prescriptions, housing costs, and utilities when funding is available;
  • Medical Transportation for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income that have no transportation;
  • Fellowship Table: a free meal served at 5pm once a week.

The agency offers a Clothing Closet, Holiday Programs, and applications for the Bonnie Brae summer youth program.

Winchendon Community Action Center
273 Central Street
Winchendon, MA 01475
Phone: (978) 297-1667
Fax: (978) 297-0390
The Winchendon CAC, Inc. is dedicated to helping families and individuals in crisis, and the economically disadvantaged within the community by providing a wide range of services which includes: emergency assistance; housing information; medical transportation; Salvation Army Vouchers; Food Pantry; Clothing Closet; used furniture; information; and referrals. There are also baby-sitting, parenting, nutrition and budgeting, GED, First Aid and CPR classes available. Other Services provided include WIC, Fuel Assistance intake, Battered Women’s groups, Batterer’s Groups, Anger Management, and Individual Counseling through North Central Human Services.
Winchendon Council On Aging
52 Murdock Avenue
Winchendon MA 01475
Phone: (978) 297-0415
  • Medicare assistance, including new Medicare Part D information
  • Prescription Coverage, Including Prescription Advantage
  • Fuel assistance, food stamps, care giver issues
  • Transportation services, Adaptive equipment
  • Legal matters, nursing home questions, home care issues
  • Meals on Wheels, Senior lunches
Montachusett Opportunity Council
133 Prichard Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone: (978) 345-7040
Fax: (978) 345-7066
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency serving North Central Massachusetts.

  • Child Care & Head Start Services
  • Learning Center
  • Elder Services
  • Energy and Environmental Services
  • Pro Health
New England Farm Workers Council
Prichard Plaza
435 Main Street — Suite 3040
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Office: (978) 342-4520
Clients: (978) 630-1606
Fax: (978) 343-8615
  • Low-income home energy assistance.
  • Voucher day care for eligible recipients in training or working at low-paying jobs.
  • Homelessness prevention and emergency shelter assistance.
  • Minority employment for migrant farm workers and welfare-to-work populations.
  • Workforce investment through jobs and job skills training for minority youth.
  • English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education classes.
Massachusetts Oilheat Council
118 Cedar Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Phone: (781) 237-0730
or 1-800-722-0623 (in Mass.)
Fax: (781) 237-2442
Get Help With Your Heating BillIf you’re looking for direct assistance to help with your heating bills or energy needs this winter,
you can turn to three different programs.State Fuel Assistance

  • Administered through the state’s Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD)
  • Direct funds to consumers to pay heating bills
  • Must apply through local Community Action Program (CAP) agencies
  • Call the Cold Relief Heat Line: 1-800-632-8175
  • MOC members & others deliver fuel for reduced margin to aid needy

Citizens Energy Oilheat Program

  • MOC helped create this program, and dealers deliver fuel for a small stipend
  • One time delivery of 175 gallons of heating oil at discounted rate
  • Call 1-888-Joe-4-Oil

Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund

  • Funded through voluntary contributions
  • Direct funds to consumer to pay heating bills
  • In Eastern Massachusetts call: 1-800-334-3047 currently includes information for the following types of assistance:

Cash Assistance Programs: provide low-income families, elders, and the disabled with financial and medical support for their basic needs, as well as education and job training to help families become financially independent.

Child Care and Preschool Programs: help low-income families and teen parents find and pay for child care and preschools so that the parents may work, go to school, or take part in job training programs.

Employment & Job Training Programs: provide job search assistance, career counseling, technical and vocational training, and unemployment benefits to workers who have lost their jobs or are looking for better jobs.

Energy Assistance Programs: include fuel assistance, weatherization, and furnace repair services to help families stay warm during the winter; utility discounts for low-income families; and utility shut-off protection for families in special circumstances.

Food Programs: offer free food, low cost food, and information about good nutrition to low-income families and individuals as well as seniors.

Health Care Programs: offer free or low-cost health coverage and services to eligible low and moderate-income families and individuals for medical treatment given by doctors, clinics, HMOs, hospitals, and pharmacies.

Housing and Homeless Programs: help families and individuals find permanent housing in safe, affordable public or privately owned units as well as temporary housing in emergency or transitional shelters.

Legal Assistance Programs: offer free legal help to low-income and elderly
residents with legal problems concerning housing, government benefits, family law, or other non-criminal issues.

Tax Credits: help eligible persons reduce their taxes and, for some credits, can provide cash payments to workers even when they do not owe any taxes.

Transportation Services: include public bus transportation as well as flexible van/taxi services for elders, the disabled, and working families with special transportation needs.

Resources for Noncitizens: include refugee resettlement, English classes,
legal help, translation, and other services; and government and non-profit assistance programs that provide housing, food, health care, and other benefits to noncitizens.

Resources for Seniors: include senior agencies, the Home Care Program and
other benefit programs, protective services, the Social Security retirement program, and other services for seniors.

Resources for Youth: includes the Worcester Youth Services Directory for
school-age youth.

Friendly House: a community-based, human services organization offering a
wide range of programs and services for the Worcester community.

NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center: a one-stop information center for potential homebuyers and current homeowners in the greater Worcester area.

In Massachusetts today, there are a number of programs that help residents who qualify manage their energy costs. These programs include fuel assistance, utility discount rates and energy efficiency services. A group of the state’s utility companies have joined forces with The Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) and Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN) to promote the programs to qualifying households. The initiative is known as Energy Bucks.

FUEL ASSISTANCE: Subsidies to reduce the price you pay for energy services.

UTILITY DISCOUNT RATES: Discounted rates that lower what you are charged for the energy you use.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES: Weatherization services that make your house more energy efficient, thereby reducing your total energy needs

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