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  • EITC, VITA, and United Way

    Working Families and EITC Awareness One of the main focuses of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  This credit is only available to households who worked and EARNED under $53,267.  The United Way believes in the impact this refundable credit can have on a family who is living on limited income.  Our volunteers hear time and again how this credit helps taxpayers catch up on past due housing/utility payments, obtain medical services, make a down payment on a reliable vehicle or enroll a family member in higher education.  Find out if you qualify today! Review Your Eligibility. If you worked and earned under $53,267, you may qualify for EITC. If your income or family situation has changed, you should review the EITC eligibility rules. You might qualify for EITC this year even if you didn’t in the past. If you qualify for EITC you must file a federal income tax return and claim the credit to get it. This is true even if you are not otherwise required to file a tax return. Don’t guess about your EITC eligibility. Use the EITC Assistant tool onIRS.gov. The tool can help you find out if you qualify for the credit. It can also estimate the amount of your EITC. Know the Rules. You need to understand the rules before you claim the EITC, to be sure you qualify. It’s important that you get this right. Here are some factors you should consider: o If you are married and file a separate return you do not qualify for EITC. o You must have a Social Security number that is valid for employment for yourself, your spouse, if married, and any qualifying child listed on your tax return. o You must have earned income. Earned income includes earnings from working for someone else or working for yourself. o You may be married or single, with or without children to qualify. If you don’t have children, you must also meet age, residency and dependency rules. If you have a child who lived with you for more than six months of 2015, the child must meet age, residency, relationship and the joint return rules to qualify. Lower Your Tax or Get a Refund. If you qualify for EITC, you could pay less federal tax, no tax or even get a refund. EITC could be worth up to $6,242. The average credit was $2,447 last year. Use Free...
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  • Taxes Filed Free!

        Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program It’s time to schedule your 2015 Federal Tax filing appointment!  United Way can help you at any of our site locations throughout Lee, Hendry, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services will be available in the area beginning January 23.  United Way VITA is a FREE tax filing service available to individuals and families making under $60,000.  VITA is a national program staffed by local volunteers who provide free, confidential and secure preparation and e-filing of tax returns to qualified taxpayers.   GET YOUR TAXES FILED FOR FREE! Was your household income $60,000 or less in 2015? The VITA Program gives you two options to choose from to file your tax return. FILED For You – FREE Full-Service Tax Preparation   Locate the most convenient VITA site, schedule an appointment and allow an IRS-certified volunteer to prepare and e-file your tax return for FREE! Click the button below to schedule your appointment today. Book Now!   FILED Online for FREE If you have access to a computer and would like to file your own taxes free of charge.  United Way can help you with that too!  Logon to www.myfreetaxes.com. It’s simple, fast and secure.    DOWNLOAD THE VITA FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATION (In Both English & Spanish)   Get your taxes done FREE at one of these locations APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE Bonita Springs Assistance Office 25300 Bernwood Dr., Ste. 6 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239.992.3034 Saturday: 9am-12noon (Open Feb 6) Bonita Springs United Way House Goodwill Job-Link 26820 Old 41 Rd Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239.357.4024 Monday/Tuesday: 5-7pm (Open Jan 25) Cape Coral SalusCare 1105 Cultural Park Blvd Cape Coral, FL 33990 239.433.3900 Tuesday: 5-8pm (Open Feb 2) Saturday: 9am-3pm Clewiston Library  120 W Osceola Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 863.983.1493 Thursday: 5-7:30pm Estero/San Carlos United Way House Interfaith Charities of South Lee Year Round Site 17592 Rockefeller Circle Fort Myers, FL 33967 239.267.0895 Wednesday: 9am-1pm (Open Jan 27) Thursday: 9am-1pm / 6-8 Saturday: 9am-1pm Harlem Heights United Way House The Heights Center 15570 Hagie Drive Fort Myers, FL 33908 239.482.7706 Monday: 12-4pm (Open Jan 25) Saturday: 9am-3pm LaBelle United Way House Year Round Site 133 North Bridge Street LaBelle, FL 33935 800.887.9234 #275 Tuesday, Thursday: 5-8pm (Open Jan 26) Lee County Department of Human Services 2440 Thompson Street Fort Myers, FL 33901 239.533.7934 Monday, Tuesday,...
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  • 2015-2016 Campaign Kick Off

    The largest crowd in the history of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee celebrated its 58th annual Campaign Kick-off at the Harborside Event Center on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Over 950 community leaders and volunteers attended the festivities. David Fry, United Way Campaign Chair, from Vantage Construction Services said, “It is a great day to LIVE UNITED!” “We live in a very generous community and our United Way has met its fundraising goals year after year, even during the most difficult economic times. The economy is improving, but many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers are still struggling having been left behind. Many individuals and families who have never asked for help in the past are coming to United Way partner agencies or calling United Way 211 due to loss of jobs, and other overwhelming financial or medical issues,” said Fry. “I am truly passionate about the United Way and the local United Way network of 85 local agencies that help hundreds of thousands of people right here in our community! I am very positive about a successful campaign, but we must have your help to meet our campaign goal. With your help, we can change lives and truly make a difference,” Fry concluded. United Way Board Chair, Robert Wilson of ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS said that United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee uses gifts very carefully, making sure that the programs United Way funds are truly what the community needs. “I am very proud to announce that our United Way has received a 4 star rating by Charity Navigator for two years in a row.” Charity Navigator is one of the most utilized evaluators of charities used to guide intelligent giving. The breakfast rocked with entertainment from a Lip-Sync battle among News-Press President Mike Jung, President and CEO of FineMark National Bank & Trust Joe Catti, President of Lee Memorial Health System Jim Nathan, and United Way Partner Agency Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County. NBC-2 morning anchors Rachel Pierce and Clay Miller emceed the breakfast. Members of the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts carried the flags and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Poff of The Salvation Army did the invocation, and the New Horizons Children’s Super Choir sang the National Anthem and “God Bless the USA” to an enthusiastic crowd. United Way Pacesetter Co-Chairs Steve Pontius and John Clinger announced that...
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11 Volunteers from RiverBend Motorcoach Resort participated in a United Way Day of Caring with Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Inc. providing food to the Muse Community in Glades County. Holy Martyrs Catholic Church was the host site for the pantry. Approximately 135 families were served in the rural area of Glades County. Riverbend volunteers provide a great volunteer service to the Hendry and Glades county areas while they winter in the community approximately 6 months of the year. When HCFB reached out to UW for volunteers we knew Riverbend folks would be a great fit. Thank you to Riverbend RV Resort volunteers for helping in our community! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Lee Memorial Health System ambulatory services team and their families participated in a United Way Day of Caring recently at the Harry Chapin Food Bank, a United Way Partner Agency. Their efforts processed 1,950 pounds of packed pinto beans, equivalent to 1,625 meals for our neighbors in need. ... See MoreSee Less

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Employees from Scotlynn USA Division participated in a United Way Day of Caring with Our Mother’s Home, a United Way partner agency. They refurbished flower beds, helped with some overgrown landscaping and topped of the playground with safe rubber mulch. Thanks team Scotlynn for your help! ... See MoreSee Less

Assorted images captured throughout the year...Thank you for sharing!

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Have a #Volunteer opportunity to share? Join our new United Way Volunteer Center Facebook group and post your event.
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Join our new Facebook Volunteer Center group and get updates on new #volunteer and #mentor opportunities in our community.
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