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Filing your taxes doesn’t have to be complicated
How United Way volunteers helped one client get his finances in order
Reginald Crisp had years of complicated taxes to sort through when it was time to file his 2018 taxes. A retired state employee, Reginald was trying to get his financial affairs in order when the Franchise Tax Board referred him to United Way’s Free Tax Prep program. When he learned there was a Free Tax Prep site at the Oak Park Community Center near his house, he made an appointment and soon found himself face to face with four women he now affectionately refers to as the Four Amigos.
During the holiday break, United Way’s Healthy Meals program will continue serving suppers to local children ages 18 and under at the following 6 locations.
Mack Road Partnership
7833 Center Parkway
- Monday 12/23, 12/30
- Thursday 12/26, 1/2
- Friday 12/27, 1/3
- Saturday 12/28, 1/4
Meals served at 3 pm Monday -Friday and at Noon on Saturdays.
North Highlands – Antelope Library
4235 Antelope Road
Happy New Year!
Our United Way is excited for 2019. While we can certainly look back and celebrate our accomplishments, we look forward to new opportunities to make a difference for children and families through our Square One Project.
According to Prosperity Now (formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development), a national nonprofit organization that is working to ensure that everyone in our country has a clear path to financial stability, wealth and prosperity, too many families continue to struggle. Prosperity Now projects that forty percent of households are liquid asset poor, meaning they lack the savings to weather a financial shock.
In 2016, our United Way made a promise to this region that we would end poverty starting at school through our Square One Project. This promise marked the scaling of our work to help more children achieve important milestones on their educational journey early on so that they are more likely to graduate from high school, college or career-ready. We announced our partnership with the Robla School District, the district with the highest poverty rate in Sacramento County.
Philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
At our United Way, we strive to bring out the potential in everyone. Whether a child who is struggling to read, or an adult trying to make ends meet, we convene, we collaborate and we commit to helping people tap into their potential to live healthy, productive lives. This includes achieving financial wellness.
Grade-level literacy is a predictor of future success in school. By fourth grade, children should be reading to learn. However, far too many students in our region are struggling to meet that milestone.
We’ve all heard the phrase find your bliss. But how do you do that? One solution Katherine Green has found is through volunteer work.
United Way’s Healthy Meals Fueling Kids Success
After school meals program expanded to 18 locations in Fall 2019
1 in 5 students in the Sacramento region is food insecure. United Way’s Healthy Meals program increases children’s access to well-balanced, nutritious and free meals which fuels their ability to learn and grow.