United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial Stability
As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.
In 2008, United Way initiated an ambitious 10-year plan to cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable. With your help, we believe that by 2018 we can help 1.9 million working families get on the road to economic independence.
To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the Financial Stability Partnership™, an initiative that promotes community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals.
Over 300 United Ways and their local community partners are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of families in their communities.
Here in Addison County we have developed a program called 'Earn it, Keep it, Grow it'. This is a workplace based program to keep working individuals and families financially literate and on track for financial success. For information ont his program click on http://www.unitedwayaddisoncounty.org/content/earn-it-keep-it-grow-it-em....
NEW in 2015 is the launch of Working Bridges! Working Bridges is an employer collaboration that develops innovative practices to directly improve employee productivity, retention, advancement and financial stability. The project is convened and managed by the United Ways of Chittenden and Addison Counties (Vermont)and aligns with the Basic Needs priorities of its community impact agenda. For detailed information on this program visit our Working Bridges page at www.unitedwayaddisoncounty.org/workingbridges.
Free Tax Assistance
Sponsored by RSVP, AARP, and The United Way of Addison County
RSVP had AARP-trained and certified volunteers available to prepare state and federal income tax returns and answer tax questions for low- and middle-income residents of Addison County. Special attention was given to those age 60 and older. Appointments were available at the Bixby Library in Vergennes, the Bristol Rescue Squad and the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association.
The United Way had My Free Taxes volunteers available to guide people of all ages through the process of filing their taxes electronically. This service was free for anyone whose income was less than $60,000. My Free Taxes appointments were available at the United Way of Addison County in Middlebury. Ww will update the 2016 web address as soon as we know it. For more information, please go to: www.myfreetaxes.com
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To determine which program is best for you, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 398-0004 beginning mid- January.
How You Can Help
Volunteers make United Ways’ tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Volunteer to help.