Read our March 2018 Newsletter

Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana wants to make life a little easier for workers by alerting them about a special tax credit that can put money in their pockets.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax benefit for working people and their families.   It’s money workers can use for groceries, rent, utilities and other bills.  We want workers who may qualify for EITC to have all the information they need to get the EITC and get it right.

The amount of EITC varies by income, family size and filing status.  It can mean up to 506 dollars in EITC for people without a qualifying child, and up to $6,269 for those with three or more qualifying children. On average EITC adds 24 hundred dollars to refunds.

If you qualify for EITC, you must file a tax return, even if you have no tax to pay, to claim the credit. Workers should know you earned it, now file, claim it and get it.

With the exception of some who receive certain disability income, you must work for someone, or run your own business or farm to qualify for EITC. Workers who made less than $53,505 should see if they qualify for EITC using the EITC Assistant Tool.

Find out if you are eligible using the EITC Assistant; it’s available in both English and Spanish. The Assistant helps you:

Let the Assistant help you get it and get it right.  EITC Assistant Tool

Also, if you make less than $54,000, you qualify for free tax return preparation through volunteer sites. IRS-certified volunteers prepare your tax return and find out if you qualify for EITC and other refundable credits. Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance entity through our Covington office.  Call Alice Young at 765-793-4881 to schedule an appointment and/or get additional information.

But, make sure you get the right amount of credit due you. If you have someone prepare your return, make sure to bring the following to your preparer:


We have 9 brand new Senior and/or Disabled units available for rent immediately. These are 2 bedroom units with roll-in shower, washer/dryer hook-ups, stove and refrigerator included. All utilities (electric/water/sewer/trash) are included., Each unit has a rear patio. All units are non-smoking and pet free (service animals only). Property has a beautiful courtyard, gazebo, shuffleboard, picnic area, and garden space.

$200 security deposit

$585 monthly rent

Contact Donna VanEtta at 765-793-4881 for more information.


Section 8 Rental Assistance program is currently taking applications for Benton, Fountain, Vermillion, and Warren counties.   Applications can be picked up at our central office located in Covington or at our outreach offices located in Oxford and Clinton.  Applicants can also contact Tina Houchens/Section 8 Manager or Misty Sandlin/HCV Specialist at 765-793-4881 to request an application by mail.  Applicants are placed on a waiting list for a Voucher.

The new INWIC App is available for download today.  Search “INWIC” or “Indiana WIC” on Google Play or the iPhone App Store.


Questions about the App?  Ask your WIC clinic associate!

Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace begins November 1st through December 15th.

Visit: Healthcare Marketplace Quick Guide for more information

Read our September 2017 Newsletter

Read our June 2017 Newsletter

HELP MAC Van by providing a ride!

MAC Van needs your help keeping our transportation service running. You may have never thought about it, but out here in the rural counties, transportation is an issue. For some folks it’s a big deal.

What if I have to go for treatment at a medical facility and I can no longer drive myself?

What if my family can no longer take me to my doctor’s appointments when I am sick?

What if I need to pick up my prescriptions at the drug store and am unable to get there?

This could happen to all of us at some point and time in our lives. I know we hate to think about those things, but in reality, it could happen to each of us. I’m glad MAC Van is here to serve our communitites. MAC Van (Mobility for Area Citizens) is available to drive you to those facilities of those appointments when you no longer can take yourself. We operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. PIck-ups may be earlier than 8:30 am and return trips later than 5:00 pm when necessary. We are a not-for-profit organization that relies on Medicaid (pays transportation) payments, support from Area IV Agency on Aging, United Way of Danville Area, local support, and suggested donaton fees. We currently have 7 vans and 2 sedans to transport clients to and from appointments.

We hope you will help us “Provide A Ride”. Your donation will ensure we keep MAC Van on the road. All donations are tax deductible. Receipts will be provided upon request.

___$25 will provide transportation for several clients between Attica and Williamsport or between Covington and Veedersburg

___$50 will transport people to Lafayette, Crawfordsville, or Danville, Illinois

___$100 will transport to Indianapolis or Champaign, Illinois

Send donations to: MAC Vans, 22 W Second Street, Williamsport, IN 47993

A sincere “THANK YOU” for helping MAC Van’s senior and handicapped transportation service. We greatly appreciate your support. If you know of a senior citizen or handicapped person needing transportation, please call (765)762-4871 in Attica or Warren County, or (765)793-4871 in Covington or southern Fountain County.

Tammy Gayler-NIckle
MAC Van Coordinator

Read our March 2017 newsletter

Millions of Americans are not prepared for retirement, in many cases because they lack access to employer sponsored retirement savings plans. The cost of opening and maintaining a retirement savings account, complex investment options, and concerns about losing money, also keep people from saving. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s myRA (my Retirement Account) was designed to remove many of these common barriers and help make it easy for people to start saving for their future.

myRA is a Roth IRA that makes preparing and saving for retirement easy. This starter retirement savings account could be a good option for workers who lack access to a retirement savings plan in their workplace, such as parttime, seasonal, temporary or small business employees. There are no complicated investment options, and the investment earns interest at the same variable rate as the Government Securities Fund for federal employees. myRA makes starting to save simple, safe, and affordable.

Sign up at or call 855-406-6972.

myRA Information


Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana is a VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) site. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE tax preparation and filing assistance to eligible families or individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers. All returns are prepared and processed by an in-person IRS-certified volunteer. Taxes can be dropped off and picked up the next day at our Covington office. Drop off taxes at our Clinton office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday only. Ask about eligibility for the Earned Income Credit, Additional Child Tax Credit and/or education credits. We are unable to process business returns. GET YOUR ENTIRE STATE & FEDERAL TAX REFUND IN AS LITTLE AS 10-14 DAYS (no hidden fees) when you e-file & have your refund deposited into your checking or savings account. Contact Alice Young at 765-793-4881 or email for more information.

The Montgomery County location of Community Action Program is relocating to the former Ivy Tech Community College building on Industrial Drive.  Program offices will be closed Dec. 15 and 16 as employees move out of the Athena Center, and re-open Dec. 19 in the new location.

The Energy Assistance Program, Work One, WIC, and Head Start programs administered by Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana will be relocated from the Athena Center to Industrial Drive in Crawfordsville.  The location at Industrial Drive is a one-story building which will be easier for families and the disabled to navigate.  The new facility has more parking as well.

Phone numbers for all programs will remain the same.   To reach the Crawfordsville office, call 765-362-4096.

Read our December-2016-newsletter

Community Co-op Food & Service

Community Action Program in Benton County along with St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oxford, St. Charles Catholic Church in Otterbein and Oxford United Methodist Church are collaborating to open the Community Food and Service Co-op.  We invite other churches, and organizations in the community to join in our efforts to better serve those in need.  The Co-op is located at 107 E. Smith Street, Oxford, Indiana, just north of the Oxford Town Square.

The Community Food and Service Co-op will serve any eligible family that provides proof of receiving Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, or Energy Assistance, along with proof of residing in the Benton Community School Corporation or Benton County.

The Co-op will give families their own capacity to provide food and resource items for themselves and their families.  Membership in the Co-op will require a $10 monthly fee or 2 hours of work service within the Co-op or another local non-profit entity, such as Community Action Program or Head Start.

Benefits of this co-op model will give participants the opportunity to choose which products fit their family needs.  Along with becoming part of the leadership team members will be involved in making decisions about the operation of the Co-op.  Also, this will help develop a network of communication between service providers and participants of the Co-op.

Membership forms will be available beginning in October.  Forms can be picked up at the Community Action Program office at 105 S. Howard Street, Oxford or at the Co-op during hours of operation.

A Membership Drive and Open House is planned for:


Membership forms will be available on these dates and times.  For more information, contact Chris  at or call 765-385-0207.

Read our September 2016 Newsletter

What is an Individual Development Account (IDA)?

It is a four-year, matched savings program designed to assist individuals in achieving self-sufficiency through financial literacy and asset generation.  For each dollar saved, up to $300 a year, the program will match it with three dollars.  This means, if you successfully save $300 annually, then we match it with $900, totaling a combined savings of $1,200.

That’s an interest rate of 300%

You can use your combined IDA savings to:


Contact Alice Young at 765-793-4881, Ext. 105 or via email at

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Woodland Manor Nursing Center is sponsoring a Chicken Noodle Dinner and Bake Sale at the Williamsport-Attica Senior Center located at 306 Ross Avenue, Williamsport on Friday. October 23.

Dinner is served from 5 to 7 pm. Carry-outs will be available. Cost is $8.00

Dinner includes: chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, vegetable, Beef House rolls, and dessert.

Bake items will include baked goods in single and whole portions to take home. Items baked and donated by area seniors. Bake sale is from 5 to 7 pm.

All proceeds benefit the Senior Center.

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