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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.

Medicare Open Enrollment begins Oct. 15

South County Community Action partners with the RI Dept. of Elderly Affairs and Medicare to help seniors make informed decisions about their health care. Click the link below to view the entire schedule of Open Enrollment events in Rhode Island through Dec. 7, 2015.

Medicare Open Enrollment Events

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.

Thank You, Rotary of Wakefield!

South County Community Action FCCP Program Director Sean Walsh, center, receives a commemorative check representing the $3,000 contribution made by the Rotary of Wakefield and presented on Sept. 17. At left is Rotary President Bud Faria, and at right is Chairman of the Rotary Charitable Committee Harvey Whitley. [Photo courtesy of the Rotary of Wakefield.]

The Rotary of Wakefield presented a check for $3,000 to South County Community Action’s Heating Assistance Program at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17.

“This grant helped six families from both South Kingston and Narragansett receive emergency heating assistance last winter,” said Chairman of the Rotary Charitable Committee Harvey Whitley. “The Rotary Club of Wakefield is pleased to serve those in need in our community.”

South County CEO Joseph DeSantis explained that the benefits of the Rotary’s support went beyond simply covering the costs of heat for SCCAA clients.

“Every dollar saved by our clients ensures that they can by using those savings to provide shelter, food, and clothing for themselves and their families,” explained DeSantis. “We also find that clients' health improve as they save on their utility bills, since it allows them to keep their homes warmer during the winter months and avoid health conditions that can be triggered or made worse by the cold.”

DeSantis also noted how the Rotary’s donation “is a great example of the partnerships and collaborations that we form with community groups to make real improvements in peoples’ lives. I offer my thanks, on behalf of our clients and their families, to the members of the Rotary for their care and compassion toward their neighbors."

Fidelity Volunteers Spruce Up SCCAA Head Start 

A team from Fidelity Investments traveled to the South County Community Action Head Start building at 415 Tower Hill Road on Aug. 20 to help improve the building’s exterior and parking lot.

“We’re so thankful for Fidelity’s commitment to providing their employees for this project,” said South County Community Action CEO Joseph DeSantis. “As we prepare to reopen the building for the beginning of the new Head Start year in September, their efforts ensure better ‘curb appeal’ for the building and help to make a better overall presentation to our students and their families.”

A squad of a dozen Fidelity staffers split up into four teams to each take one portion of the overall work: planting new shrubs near the street-side sign and along the front of the building; sanding and repainting the safety rail and doors; pulling weeds and re-mulching the playground; and clearing the front parking lot of weeds and debris so that it could be sealed.

“It’s fair to say that we would not have been able to make these significant improvements to our building if it were not for the Fidelity team,” explained DeSantis. “Beyond the obvious financial savings, South County Community Action also benefits from their time and effort.”

The facility at 415 Tower Hill Road had been shut down in late May because of a mold issue, and contractors have been busily updating the interior, DeSantis added.

“The Fidelity team is an inspiration, and this project is an example of how business and nonprofits like ours can work together for the betterment of our clients and the community as a whole,” DeSantis said. “When the members of the team learned that their work is helping some of our youngest clients – children who are receiving a high-quality preschool education – it was clear that the project took on a deeper meaning.”

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