At the beginning of the new year, many of us make resolutions to improve some aspect of our lives. Have you resolved to improve your financial life, move closer to your dream of homeownership or to make 2018 the year you finally set up a college savings or retirement account? United Way may be able to help you make those ideas a reality through one of our financial stability programs.
United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in greater Danbury, greater New Milford and Stamford, with a focus on hard-working, struggling households that we call ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Nearly 38 percent, or more than one in three households in our region, struggle to afford the basic necessities of life, such as housing, food, healthcare, childcare and transportation, despite working hard.
UWWC seeks to transform lives and make our communities stronger by funding programs and collaboratives that target specific issue areas that help ALICE households move toward greater stability, especially financial stability. Stable households make our neighborhoods and communities stronger and resilient. The list below includes some of our programs that can help you or someone you know take control of your finances and realize your larger financial goals.
- The United Way Financial Opportunity Center offers clients the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a budget coach to better understand your financial picture: where you are, how you got there and how to move forward, including prioritizing action steps and setting short- and long-term financial goals. Visit uwwesternct.org/foc or contact Casey Levene, 203-297-6674.
- EARN Matched Savings Program: Lack of savings is the financial challenge American families worry about the most and we are dedicated to helping hard-working families develop a savings habit and begin saving for their futures. United Way is pleased to make the EARN matched starter savings program available to households across our state where you can earn up to $60 when you save at least $20 per month for six months. There are no income restrictions to participate. Get saving today by visiting earn.org/ctuw or call 888-487-3276.
- VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, is a safe, simple way to file your taxes. With volunteers, VITA prepares tax returns at no cost for families that earn less than $54,000 per year by working as a team to make sure everything is right and that all returns are quality reviewed. UWWC is proud to support VITA programs in our community every year and work alongside the Connecticut Association of Human Services (CAHS) and other community partners to provide this service and return more dollars back into our communities. Last year, VITA helped return $55 million to hard-working households across Connecticut. Learn more at uwwesternct.org/vita.
These are just a few of UWWC’s programs that can help hard-working families in our community move forward on a journey to stability to make our communities stronger, healthier and better places to live. To learn more, visit our website at www.uwwesternct.org