Community Action

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program volunteers with Pittsylvania Community Action. 

As Pittsylvania County Community Action, PCCA, continues the observance of May as National Community Action Month, this article will focus on the programs and services offered to citizens of our service areas. The mission statement is at the forefront of our services and is visibly seen at each location.

PCCA mission statement is: To provide opportunities for individuals and families to overcome barriers, gain self-sufficiency, and improve quality of life.

The programs and services coordinated and offered to the community are:

Housing Department 

John Saunders, Director

18 South Main St., Chatham, 434-432-5627

•Weatherization program - provides low-income families with energy conservation measures to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

•Section 8 - A housing choice voucher program assisting low-income families, families with children, the elderly and disabled citizens to afford safe, decent, sanitary rental housing.

•Indoor plumbing & rehabilitation program - Provides for no interest loans to low-income homeowners whose dwellings lack basic sanitary well and septic system functions.

•Southeast Rural R-Cap - Assist low-income clients and communities with safe drinking water.

Emergency Home Accessibility Repair Program - assists eligible clients with emergency home repairs and also assist disability and handicap persons with emergency needs such as ramps and handicap accessibility features.

•Danville office - Sonji Webb, director

211 Nor Dan Drive, Suite 1055, Danville, 434-793-5627

Volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) - provides free federal and state tax return preparation for eligible clients.

•Housing Opportunity for Persons with HIV/AIDS - provides emergency as well as long- term housing and supportive services to individuals living with HIV or AIDS in Danville, Pittsylvania County, Halifax County,

Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties.

•Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Provides families in crisis with available resources including utility/rental assistance in Danville, Martinsville, Henry County and Pittsylvania County.

•Project Discovery - provides sophomores, juniors and senior high school students in Pittsylvania County with educational and cultural activities to encourage exposure to post-secondary educational facilities.

•Summer Feeding Program - serves nutritional and adequate lunch meals to children age 18 and under who live in underserved locations during the summer months of school recess.

•Virginia CARES/Southwest CARES - provides assistance to Ex-Offenders to become productive citizens. The focus is stabilization with employment and career counseling while assisting with education, housing, career counseling and transportation.

•Virginia Income Tax Assistance Program - offers free tax preparation services to families and individuals who earned less than $58,000 in 2021. Operated under the strict guidelines of the IRS, all tax returns are professionally and confidentially prepared and then electronically filed at no charge.

•Head Start - Angela Barnes, director,

514 N. Main Street, Chatham, 434-432-8911

A pre-school child development program that provides comprehensive services to children and families with a focus on school readiness.

•Senior Services - William Light, director,

514 N. Main Street, Chatham, 434-432-9232

Meals on Wheels - provides low income nutritionally sound meals to low-income elderly citizens who are physically unable to prepare their own meals and to live an independent life in their homes.

•Congregate Services - provide seniors the choice of continuing to live an independent life by providing congregate meal sites, specialized transportation fitness and healthy living programs.

PCCA will reopen the Congregate Meal Sites on May 24.

To participate, call 434-432-9545.

A special thanks to the many volunteers who are a major factor in operating the programs with a low administrative cost. PCCA has some 75 volunteers that donate their valuable knowledge, skills, abilities and time directly into the community and families. These volunteer hours help PCCA keep the administrative costs low and funds from the CSBG grant that are leveraged with funds from local, state, and private contributions provide a wide array of services to meet the needs of the citizens.

The inception of COVID-19 has drastically changed the operations of most businesses and the lives of all citizens. PCCA was no different; however, the commitment became stronger to honor the pledge of community actions ... and the adjustments were made.

As we faced a tough year, we remained together! Our staff adapted brilliantly through a mixture of Zoom calls, Teams messages, and so much grit and dedication to their jobs. We found ways to work together despite being apart, and we couldn’t be more proud of our team for their extraordinary efforts. Doing whateve

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