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United Way helps Windham County smile By Carmen Derby, Executive Director, United Way of Windham County   Here’s something to chew on — how often we use teeth to describe figuratively many of life’s experiences. For example, beginners cut their teeth on a project to get experience. To salvage a lagging effort, we put some teeth into it. We grit our teeth to get through hardship, repress anger by grinding teeth, and fight tooth and nail for something we would give our eyeteeth for.    But for...
Friday, April 27, 2018
THIS PAST YEAR, OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE...   SERVED as UWWC Board & Executive Committee members, Community Impact & HOPE team members, Kids in Coats committee members, at our events, in the United Way office, through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, on Day Of Caring and on Dental Day. FOR 9,436 HOURS of volunteer time spent on United Way of Windham County projects and programs.  BRINGING $222,312.16 into this community.    United Way of Windham County volunteers are an...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
United @ Work: Promoting productivity for employers and employees By Carmen Derby, Executive Director, United Way of Windham County   With our history of workplace giving campaigns and close partnerships with businesses, UWWC is in a unique position to lead and engage in conversations and programs pertaining to workplace supports.  Based on feedback from these engagements, UWWC has created United @ Work to help ensure that all who wish to work have the skills and resources they need to seek,...
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Over 100 people in Windham County have used MyFreeTaxes to file their 2017 tax returns. Altogether, over $170,000 has been returned to our community this year alone. Join their ranks and get your maximum refund!   With tax season drawing to an end, here’s our advice:  Don’t pay to file your taxes. If your household earned less than $66,000 in 2017 you can file both your federal and state returns for free using MyFreeTaxes.com. This is the only free, online tax filing product offered by a...
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
It’s grant season! United Way of Windham County will be allocating $125,000 to nonprofits in this community who are making a positive impact in the spheres of health, prosperity and education. How do we make decisions on who receives funding? We embrace the HOPE team model.  Sadie Fischesser: “It is an opportunity for a bunch of different people who are from different parts of the community to have a chance to make an investment together. It’s amazing to me because some of these people don’t...
Friday, March 9, 2018
Erik Valdes, Esq.  Why do our volunteers do what they do? They go through weeks of training, IRS certification tests and spend their days at our VITA site without any monetary compensation. They spend hours every week working with IRS forms. Many people would hear that and run the other way, but our volunteers are special!  Erik Valdes, Esquire, is a new tax preparer at our VITA site this year. Erik recently prepared and explained a client’s tax filing in Spanish after speaking with the man...
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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