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Our Mission

To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, prevention, and other services to people in need, while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life.

View the complete list of services and programs, plus contact information, in the South County Community Action Agency Resource Book.

LiHEAP Location Update

South County Community Action Agency's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program [LiHEAP] has expanded to 415 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown. We will also continue to take applications for LiHEAP at the SCCAA Main Office in Wakefield and at the Community Center, 34 Pond St., Westerly. 

For more information, call (401) 789-3016, ext. 2337.

South County Community Action Head Start is now recruiting!

Head Start is a free program for children from families who meet federal income guidelines – a family of three with annual income of $20,160 would qualify, for example – or other qualifications.

South County Community Action runs Head Start centers at its main office, 1935 Kingstown Road, Wakefield; 415 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown; 4350 South County Trail, Charlestown, and 34 Pond St., Westerly.

To start the application process, contact South County Community Action Head Start at (401) 789-3016, x 2307 or Erica Adams at

Construction Training Program Begins April 12

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SCCAA Announces Construction Training and Job Placement Program

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WAKEFIELD – Rhode Island’s construction industry is forecast to add more than 4,000 jobs through 2022, according to the state Department of Labor and Training, and in an effort to ensure that job seekers have the right skills and experience, South County Community Action Agency is recruiting 15 participants for a construction trade training and placement program.

UPDATE: The Construction Training program is scheduled to begin on April 12. Contact Julie Del Deo at (401) 330-7748 to register. Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. [View the flyer here.]

“Our partnership with RI DLT and the Chariho School Department is a critical step in providing opportunities in the growing construction industry,” explained South County Community Action President and CEO Joseph DeSantis. “This new program provides training to participants and pays for work experience at local businesses, further improving the chances that our candidates will find gainful employment in this field.” 

The program will be held at Chariho Regional Career and Technical Center, and will include 80 hours of paid training in site safety and OSHA regulations, use of hand and power tools, blueprint and design basics, and other core skills. Classes are scheduled to begin on March 15. 

“Participants will be getting classroom and hands-on training, as well as certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research, giving them tangible results quickly,” said SCCAA Special Projects Director Dave Banno. “This also provides great motivation for students, since they can see their work pay off in the form of official credentials from a prestigious industry organization.” 

For employers, SCCAA funds a six-week work experience at a local construction-related company, which the agency has identified through its contacts at the four area Chambers of Commerce in Washington County.“Paying the first few weeks’ salary improves the chances of a good match for the employer at no cost, and of finding a participant that they can hire for the long term,” DeSantis explained. 

“This program is truly a win-win, as it improves the overall skill level of the applicant pool and gives construction-related businesses a way to hire and retain talented employees.” 

Applicants to the program must be 18 to 25 years old and can be a resident of any Rhode Island town except Providence and Cranston. 

South County Community Action Agency is #DStrong

We are proud to join the many thousands of people around the world who have responded with encouragement for Dorian Murray of Westerly!

See more #DStrong photos on our Facebook page.

South County Community Action Offers Free Tax Preparation for Qualified Applicants

WAKEFIELD – South County Community Action Agency is looking for taxpayers to apply for free tax preparation through the agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance [VITA] program which began Jan. 15.

“Last year,our VITA volunteers prepared more than 500 state tax returns for clients, providing help to local families through refunds totaling nearly $750,000, an average of $1,500 per family,” Tri-Town CEO Joseph DeSantis explained. “And because our program is free, clients also saved an estimated $100,000 for the costs of private tax preparation.”

South County Community Action VITA volunteers are certified by the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] to provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to income-qualified individuals, who generally make less than $54,000 in annual income. As a result, many applicants are eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit [EITC], potentially increasing their tax refund, DeSantis said.

For more information about signing up for South County Community Action’s VITA program, contact Jayme Simone at (401) 789-3016, ext. 2316.

South County Community Action Agency  ·  1935 Kingstown Road, Wakefield, RI 02879  ·  P: 401-789-3016  ·  F: 401-515-0139
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