As an advocate for tax policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) at United Way Worldwide, I’m reminded each day that 7.5 million Americans are taxed into poverty every year largely because they can’t access this tax break.
How do you measure the impact of giving back?
For John Deere employees, it comes in the form of bright eyes and big smiles. An integral part of their organizational identity, employee volunteerism has long been a driver of the 180-year-old company.
Last August, summer gave way to a season of giving as 40 employees in Tarnowo Podgórne, Poland, supported United Way Poland’s “First Bell” program, which gives children and youth in need the supplies necessary to start the school year off on the right foot. In all, 500 children in the community were set up for success.
Jeff Myers lives with multiple sclerosis and without a computer, so for the past several years, he has gone to Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA to receive assistance in filing his taxes. To him, it’s more than an annual appointment. It is a lifeline to money he’s due.
When Deloitte asked me to participate in their Alternative Spring Break program with United Way in Atlanta, GA, I knew it was a good sign. During college, I ventured on an Alternative Spring Break trip through a student organization to the same city. Five of my fellow classmates volunteered on this trip with me and I still remember the jokes, stories, and lessons learned from our time.
Today marks Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, which encourages elected officials to shine a spotlight on the impact national service members have in local communities. Throughout the country, nearly 4,000 mayors, city officials, and tribal leaders will hold public events to recognize national service as an effective system that improves lives, strengthens communities, and alleviates poverty.
United Way is proud to join elected officials in the nationwide salute to thank AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who serve.
Most of us want to “do good.” Whether it is for family, our colleagues, our community, or the world. On Good Deeds Day, celebrated this year on April 2, you can join people from 93 countries around the globe to volunteer and to “do good.”
Recently, I was lucky enough to work alongside over 60 university students and Deloitte professionals serving Greater Atlanta and its communities as part of United Way’s Alternative Spring Break. During my week there, I volunteered for the Premier Academy of Easter Seals North Georgia (ESNG), an organization that meets the needs of children with disabilities, supplying equal opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency. Through my experience, I was humbled by the joyous capability I witnessed in the life of the children I served, the students with whom I met, and the five lessons I learned.
Every day, thousands of families across America perform an intricate financial balancing act while trying to make ends meet.
Your child wants to play soccer after school. You’ve got to do something about that painful tooth. Just 7 days left on your bus pass. Do you, once again, depend on others for a ride to work? Say no to your daughter when all she dreams about is joining the team? Put off a visit to the dentist and push through the pain that keeps you from concentrating at work?
With the Tax Day less than a month away, we all want to avoid costly mistakes that can result in a higher tax bill or a delayed refund. In support of United Way’s work to help everyone in every community achieve financial stability, H&R Block has partnered with United Way in order to bring MyFreeTaxes to people making under $64,000, which is the equivalent of 70% of the U.S. population. In addition to MyFreeTaxes, H&R Block experts offer the following tips to minimize mistakes and to maximize your refund this tax season.
1. Choosing a filing status
Slacktivism. It means quick and easy social or political participation, like signing an online petition. Some argue that –tech-savvy Millennials in particular -- who participate in the public square online but don’t show up in person –don’t care enough or are too lazy to “really” get involved.