• FREE Income Tax Preparation and Filing

    BROC is a VITA (Vermont Income Tax Assistance) site providing FREE tax preparation to households earning up to $53,000. This service is offered through April 15th.

    Call for an appointment and bring identification and relevant financial documents with you. We can prepare simple returns only 1040EZ and 1040A, Renters Rebate, and Homestead Declaration.

    802.775.0878 in Rutland County or 802.447.7515 in Bennington County.

    In Rutland County we have senior level accounting students from Castleton State College preparing the returns as part of their course work. They all are certified after taking the Federal and State tax exams.

    Pictured is one of our students helping a mom and son with their tax return.

  • Rutland Region Chamber Mixer at BROC Great Success!

    Congratulations to Elias Hajj of Hannoush Jewelers for winning the door prize basket filled with items from BROC's Economic & Workforce Development Program business clients.

    Thank you to the following entrepreneurs for sharing their products and services:

    Celestial Sews - a shoe bag
    Laura's Hair Frenzy - $25 gift certificate
    Amantoli - a bracelet
    Good Cents Store - gift certificate
    Chaga Moon - Chaga mushroom powder
    Taking Root - selection of teas
    Designs by Delinda - earrings and necklace set
    Rays of Sunshine - 3 loaves artisan bread
    Laura's Healthy Harvest - 2 jars of jam and jar of dilly beans

    Elias is pictured with Annette K. Hoyle, BROC's Business Specialist.


    Health Care Navigator Services at BROC

    There is still time to enroll in Vermont Health Connect and become insured in the new year! Contact BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont today for information about health care programs and for in person, confidential application assistance by certified navigators. In Bennington, call 802-447-7515 for an appointment; in Rutland, call 802-775-0878.


BROC - Community Action in Southwestern Vermont's history spans 49 years. The why of our existence has not changed for over four 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.

"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