The Real Impact of Free Tax Prep Program: Meet Monique
When her children were babies, Monique stayed home with them. But now that they are four and seven, she works outside the home again. She used to do her own taxes, but now that she is working, they are a bit more complicated. She also wants to make sure they are filing correctly to get their maximum return.
When her sister told her about the free tax preparation service offered through the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program at Middletown Library, she decided to give it a try. Monique works during the day so she appreciates the evening hours at the site. She found the process of checking in, meeting with an IRS-certified volunteer to go through her taxes, and then waiting while another IRS-certified volunteer provided a secondary review, to be very efficient and thorough.
United Way Annual Lunch: We Have a Story to Tell
Join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg for United Way of the Capital Region’s Annual Luncheon.
In July, United Way launched three new pilot projects to move the needle on the most pressing needs in our community. Come learn about the impact this work is having on individuals and families like Levi’s. (Check out Levi's story.)
Real Impact Through Pilot Projects: Meet Levi
Levi is 3 ½ years old and lives in Newport with his parents and grandparents. He’s an only child and doesn’t have many opportunities to socialize with other children. Last fall, he began attending school readiness workshops, created to help prepare kids to enter kindergarten. The workshops are part of Ready for School, Ready to Succeed, a community initiative in partnership with United Way of the Capital Region, local schools and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.
When he first started attending, he was struggling with speaking and wasn’t comfortable socializing with other kids.
The Real Impact of Free Tax Prep Program: Meet Willie
Willie lives in Harrisburg and has been having his taxes prepared through the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program for the past four years. The program, also known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, helps low- to moderate-income individuals and families with free tax services.
There are 16 MIYP tax preparation sites throughout Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. Willie appreciates the convenience of the Market Square Presbyterian Church site, located in downtown Harrisburg, to have his taxes prepared. He can easily walk there, though he did save up enough money to buy a car last year.
Free Tax Preparation for Working Families
Low- to moderate-income working families in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties can receive free tax preparation services January 29 - April 17 through the Money in Your Pocket Campaign (MIYP).
The Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) campaign is a community collaboration of organizations lead by United Way of the Capital Region that is committed to the economic stability of local families. The program aims to increase use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
Volunteers prepare computerized, electronic returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Tax Income Assistance (VITA) program, which is designed to provide low- to moderate-income working families with help completing federal and state returns, and obtaining credits for which they are eligible.
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Rebecca McClure
Rebecca McClure is the vice president of brand and market strategy for Capital BlueCross. She is also an active volunteer and donor with United Way of the Capital Region. She serves on United Way’s board of directors, and is a member of the Tocqueville Society and the Women’s Leadership Network.
Raised with the belief that it is important to volunteer and give back to the community, Rebecca started volunteering as a child and has seen that it is possible to change lives when you help those who are struggling.
Rebecca believes in United Way’s mission and the collective impact model that brings different organizations together to produce a greater impact than if they were working alone. The two areas of need which are most meaningful to her are access to healthcare and school readiness.
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Andrea Potteiger
A member of United Way of the Capital Region’s Bridges Society and Women’s Leadership Network, Andrea Potteiger is a dedicated donor and volunteer. She finds that United Way’s philosophy is consistent with her own personal mission, which was shaped by both an important person in her life and a famous humanitarian.
Throughout her childhood, Andrea watched her grandmother caring for others, and she knew she wanted to emulate her. She was also inspired by the famous words of Ghandi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” These influences led her to work in the health care field where she helps people in the Capital Region every day.
Meet United Way Hand-Raiser Sandy Pepinsky
When Sandy Pepinsky and her husband moved to Central PA 43 years ago, they didn’t know anyone and were encouraged by employers and colleagues to get involved in civic and community groups. As a result, they found a meaningful connection to the Capital Region and put down roots here.
Through United Way, the Pepinskys found a way to volunteer their time, resources and skills to give back to the community and support those who need it the most. Sandy has been a United Way donor for decades, a volunteer for more than five years, and a member of United Way’s board of directors for two years.
“United We Win” United Way Campaign Video
It’s an exciting time to be part of United Way and our community. This summer, United Way of the Capital Region and our community partners launched three new pilot projects in access to health care, school readiness and workforce development. Our goal is to move the needle on these pressing issues facing our community. At the same time we launch these projects, United Way continues to support basic needs services and the great work of our program partner.
Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award
United Way of the Capital Region is accepting nominations for the Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award. The award will be granted to an exceptional community partner or citizen for superlative acts of community engagement. The nominee must make an outstanding and measurable impact in the areas of health and education, and better our regional community by addressing basic needs.
The award was created to honor the work of Joe Capita who served as United Way of the Capital Region’s president and CEO from 1995 to 2013. The culmination of Joe’s career of service led to significant accomplishments for the organization and community. United Way looks forward to granting this award to a worthy nominee in May at United Way’s Annual Luncheon. The deadline for nominations is April 6, 2018.
Corporations Help Make it Happen!
When it comes to supporting United Way of the Capital Region, local corporations help make our work possible through their generous contributions.
United Way of the Capital Region would like to recognize the following organizations for making a corporate donation of $10,000 or more to its 2017 fundraising campaign.