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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
Connecting the dots between free tax prep and financial stability By Carmen Derby, Executive Director, United Way of Windham County   Promoting financial stability and independence is a major facet of our prosperity (that’s the “P” in HOPE, by the way) initiatives, and filing taxes is part of virtually everyone’s financial picture. That’s why sponsoring Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and MyFreeTaxes.com has been part of our spring ritual for more than 11 years. VITA offers free federal...
Monday, February 12, 2018
  The Retreat is a crucial community partner that has supported UWWC for over twenty years through their annual community campaign and with in-kind donations for many community initiatives that they believe in.  The Retreat matches all donations contributed by their employees and their campaign to support UWWC is enormously successful each year.     The staff at the Retreat truly understands the importance of having UWWC’s services available within our community. This year employees have...
Friday, February 9, 2018
BBBS Bigs and Littles creating gingerbread houses and memories at Brattleboro Food Co-op Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont, previously part of Youth Services, has greatly expanded this year. BBBS now covers Chittenden County as well as Windham, while maintaining their headquarters here in Brattleboro on the Winston Prouty campus (formerly Austene). Their one-on-one mentoring program works with children ages 6-18, to help them build their confidence and mitigate negative effects of trauma....
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Left: Josh Roberts, Molly McNamee, Stephanie Huestis, Taylor Knoop, Celine Lacroix As a young professional new to this area, I have been slowly getting used to the concept of networking. As I understand it, ‘networking’ is the adult version of making friends. When I was in college, I met both of my best friends on the same day by walking up to two girls and saying “I like your pants”. After that, the three of us lived together for four years. It was extremely easy. It is far scarier to try to...
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Our VITA site on February 1st, 2018. We are ready for the season!  We know that even the most confident people lose their nerve come tax time. We want you to feel confident and in control of your money, and that includes your tax return! You do not need to  ask Siri or Google; ask United Way of Windham County!  We have been a part of this community for 60 years, so you can trust us. We offer our free tax assistance programs so that you can keep your money in your pocket, and we all can keep as...
Thursday, February 1, 2018

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