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   TAX PREP TIME IS HERE AGAIN   

    Don't leave your money on the table   

Last year, eligible taxpayers saved more than $2.5 million on their taxes with help from MyFreeTaxes.com and United Way sponsored programming! This year, it’s your turn to save.

    Online    

If your household earned $64,000 or less in 2016, you may file online for free at MyFreeTaxes.com. Have questions while preparing your return? First Merchants Bank volunteers can be reached by calling 855-210-3763 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Time. This service is available from Feb. 6 - April 17, 2017. Assistance is also provided through MyFreeTaxes’ national helpline at 1-855-MY-TX-HELP.


    In-Person    

For households earning $54,000 or less in 2016, you are eligible to file in-person with the assistance of a trained volunteer. See below for a list of volunteer-staffed filing sites in Delaware County or download the flyer here

AARP Tax-Aide Program (Feb. 14, 2017 - April 18, 2017):
Yorktown Kiwanis Club (Feb. 23, 27 and Mar. 13, 15, 22):

APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. For appointments, call Ed Armantrout at 765-254-3929.

Thank you to the generous volunteers helping Delaware County residents make the most of their tax return!

   DONOR SPOTLIGHT:   

    Teresa Clemmons Shares Why She is Passionate About UWDC   


Time after time, I hear others say that they have worked hard for the lives they have, as if those who have less simply haven’t put in the effort. 

My experience at A Better Way has taught me otherwise. Success personally, financially, and professionally is often the result of a generational cycle. Children whose families have resources are often granted more opportunities to grow in these ways, while other families are forced to put the resources they have toward basic necessities. When a person is hungry, there is little else they can work toward.
When children are raised in violent homes, their world view is tainted, their confidence is diminished, and they are more likely to build relationships in similar, destructive ways. When children are not cared for properly, their chances of success in adulthood are not good.

There is no one person who can solve all that is wrong. I often feel I can do something, but I know I cannot do everything.

Through United Way, I can be a small part of something big. I can contribute time, talents, and funds. So can my friends. So can everyone else in this community. We use resources from the generous in order to raise up those who have nothing, so that they can become givers as well. This is a cycle I want to be a part of, as I fully believe in the idea that it takes many parts to make up one body. We all just have to do our part. United, we will find a way. 

   SHARE YOUR UNITED WAY STORY!   

United Way donors are transforming lives in Delaware County every single day. When community members reach out to any of UWDC’s 29 funded programs, they are supported and empowered by our donors.

We are inspired by the success stories of families and individuals who have benefited from your support. Now, we want to give you, our donors, a voice.

If you have given to UWDC, we want to hear your story. Your support extends far beyond the monetary value of your gift, and we want to know what motivates you to give. Are you passionate about childhood literacy? Were you inspired by a specific Donor Difference story? Let us know, and help us connect with more dedicated donors just like you in Delaware County! Share your story with our team by emailing Denise King at dking@uwdcin.org. 

   READ ACROSS AMERICA WITH UWDC   

    Celebrate literacy during Read Across America's 20th anniversary       

This month, join UWDC in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Read Across America, a nationwide reading motivation and awareness program created by the National Education Association (NEA). Launching on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2, this annual literacy event calls on every child in every community to celebrate reading and the benefits it will have on their futures.

By cultivating positive reading habits, NEA strives to prepare children for success in school and throughout their lives. Dr. Suess’ fun, rhyming books are the perfect platform to remind children that reading is fun and important!

This year, United Way volunteers will celebrate Read Across America with second and third graders at South View Elementary’s after-school Reading Club. Together, the volunteers and students will enjoy a special Dr. Seuss story time with Shanna Hurd, the Youth Services Supervisor at Maring-Hunt Library. Here, she will give a fun and interactive reading of classic Dr. Seuss books to energize the students about reading.

“In third grade, children transition from learning to read to reading to learn,” explains Amy Kendall, AmeriCorps Vista for UWDC. “If they cannot read their history books or math story problems, they will struggle in more than just language arts. United Way’s Reading Clubs work to prepare students for academic challenges ahead, as well as inspire a life-long love of reading. Celebrating Read Across America is a great way to show our students that reading is fun.” 

Learn more about getting involved with UWDC Reading Clubs here!

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