• Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

    BROC Community Action's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is underway! Our thanks to Castleton University Department of Business Administration assistant professor, Paige Gallo and the accounting program students for volunteering again this year to prepare taxes for FREE to those who make $54,000 or less, are a person with a disability or -elderly. Need an appointment? Call our Rutland office 802-775-0878 or 1-800-717-2762 to schedule TODAY!

    We have staff in Bennington who can prepare taxes too! Call 802-447-7515 to learn more.

    Preparation and filing services of the following is offered:
    - Federal Income Tax Return
    - Vermont State Income Tax Return
    - Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim
    - Household Income Schedule
    - Renter Rebate Claim

    Last tax season, our volunteers and staff helped consumers realize nearly $443,000 in refunds, rebates and credits.

    Pictured are tax client Alan (left), and Castleton University students Karina Ritter and Troy Dane.


    Weatherby wants to save you money!

    Free weatherization from our experts! Call Kelly today!

    Did you know that you may qualify for free complete weatherization for your home or apartment? Warmer in winter, cooler in summer. Lower fuel bills, lower electric bills.

    What’s not to love? Call 802-665-1748. Rutland & Bennington County residents.


    BROC Community Action is very happy to share that we have completed a three-year (2018-2020) strategic planning process. With the guidance of Joan Gamble, Strategic Change Consultant, BROC Community Action's Board of Directors and CEO, Tom Donahue and his Leadership Team created a plan to move the organization forward. Out of that process came our new vision, mission and values for the organization and we are even more excited to share those with you here!

    Vision - The foremost organization in New England working to create prosperity for all.

    Mission - Providing hope, opportunity and a path forward out of crisis or poverty, so our neighbors and communities thrive.

    * Respect
    * Dignity
    * Collaboration - we are better together
    * Commitment - serving all those in need

  • Financial Capability Workshop - Rutland

    FREE financial workshop where you can take part in a thought provoking discussion about getting ready to file your taxes and how to plan for your financial goals.

    Register by contacting Shelley Faris at 802-665-1742 or email sfaris@broc.org.


BROC Community Action's history spans nearly 53 years. The why of our existence has not changed for five decades. We exist to give people a chance: to allow the disadvantaged members of our communities to develop and use their capacities and abilities so they can share in the promise of this nation.

The how of BROC's existence goes back to 1964, when a notion called "community action" emerged from President Kennedy's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime. After President Kennedy was assinated, President Lyndon B. Johnson took up the fight and signed the Economic Opportunity Action of 1964. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_Opportunity_Act_of_1964)

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"I was very happy that BROC was able to help my family get into housing. We were living in our car for several months before someone told us about the services there. I don't know what we would have done come winter."

— Bennington housing client
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  • Community Justice Center

  • Fuel & Utility Assistance

  • Weatherization Assistance

  • Housing & Homeless

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