Welcome to the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency
RKCAA has been providing a broad array of anti-poverty services in Racine and Kenosha counties since 1967 under the guidance of a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from government, the private sector and the low-income community.
No-cost tax help available to Racine County residents – appointments now being scheduled
The Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Inc. is proud to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program again this tax season. The VITA Program provides no-cost tax preparation services to income eligible residents. Allowing for fast, accurate, and secure filing, all returns can be electronically completed and filed by IRS-Certified Preparers. The program runs January 31st through April 15th.
This year the Racine County Workforce Development Center and the Racine Public Library will be utilized as tax preparation centers by appointment only.
No Childcare will be offered this year.
The Racine County Workforce Development Center, located at 1717 Taylor Avenue, will have appointments available Monday – Thursday, 4:30 – 8:00pm.
The Racine Public Library, located at 75 7th Street, will have appointments available Saturdays, 12:00 – 3:00pm.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the VITA Program Coordinator, Sue Walter at 262-637-8377 ext. 117 or Allison Poole at ext. 119.
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Kenosha 2nd Floor Lift: Coming Soon!
The bid for the construction of the Lift is out and we are anxiously awaiting its installation. RKCAA’s goal is to increase Community Nutrition Services by increasing access to our Teaching Kitchen and Community Room which are located on our 2nd floor. By installing a Lift, access would be available to everyone!
- Multigenerational opportunities in our Teaching Kitchen. Senior citizens could offer their expertise in our Teaching Kitchen relating to recipes, food preparation and tips for stretching a family’s food dollars.
- Nutrition education and cooking opportunities for seniors participating in our Cupboard Bound program or Senior Fruit & Vegetable voucher program.
- Additional programming would be available from our community partners who could utilize our Teaching Kitchen as part of their services.
- The Lift will allow us to enhance nutrition and health services for all of our families as well as the broader community. Cooking classes, weight loss classes, and special events hosted by multiple agencies could be implemented.
RKCAA thanks the following for their support of the Lift project: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Kenosha Community Development Block Grant, Kenosha Community Foundation, Kenosha Women’s Network and the Kenosha Rotary. Please consider a donation to support opportunities for improved nutrition and health for individuals and families.
Just click on the Donate button!
For ResCare Emergency Assistance please call 262-637-9774
Through a grant with the Covering Kids and Families organization, the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency has hired two Healthcare Navigators. One Navigator will be responsible for Racine and Kenosha counties while the other will concentrate her efforts in Walworth and Rock counties.
The purpose of the Navigator is to provide information and education to the community about the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and to provide assistance to consumers and organizations working with individuals interested in enrolling in an Insurance Marketplace plan.
The Racine/Kenosha Navigator will be available by appointment at the Racine Community Action office as well as at various sites throughout Racine and Kenosha counties. The Walworth/Rock Navigator will be based in Janesville but will be available for appointments throughout Walworth and Rock counties.
If you or someone you know has questions about how the Affordable Care Act can help you or if you’re interested in enrolling and need some help, you may reach the Navigators at the following numbers:
Racine/Kenosha: (262) 637-8377, ext.114.
bdanculovich AT rkcaa.org
Walworth/Rock: (262) 902-8572
kduschene AT rkcaa.org
Kenosha County Community Food Security
10 Things You Can Do Now!
1. Stay connected to the effort – fill out the Interest Card
2. View the movie A Place at the Table
3. Donate to local food pantries. Emergency Services Network
4. Go to www.takepart.com/table
5. Read A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hunger Americans and How to Solve It. Ed. Peter Pringle. (Los Angeles: Participant Media, 2013)
Information about the book can be found here
6. Find local volunteer opportunities at GetConnected
7. Encourage physical activity in your family
8. Work with local schools to support food security efforts
9. Read The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters by Sarah Treuhaft & Allison Karpyn - Download PDF
10. Download a copy of the Kenosha County Community Food Security Snapshot 2013 and share with others. (10MB)
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Two community needs assessments were carried out by the Planning Council for Health and
Human Services, Inc., in spring of 2010 to assist RKCAA in its mission to enable low-income
individuals, in rural and urban areas, to attain the skills, knowledge and motivation to achieve
WIC promotes and supports breastfeeding as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants! Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for the baby's first year of life
Kenosha County Health Department Wellness Center at the RKCAA Kenosha site.