UNITED WE WIN by helping low-income households develop and maintain financial stability. Every dime matters for individuals and families who are struggling. Your support makes it possible for United Way of Jackson County to fund the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Qualifying households are getting their taxes properly prepared for free by trained volunteers and they are getting the tax return they deserve. Households that are in distress are getting an infusion of cash when they need it most. Betty is one of thousands who benefit from this program every year in Jackson County.
Being a senior citizen, Betty is on a limited income which leaves little room for any extra expenses. For more than seven years she has had her taxes prepared for free by certified volunteers through the VITA Program. “The volunteers are so helpful, they know their stuff, and it really helps me to feel confident that I’m not making any mistakes on something so important, like taxes. The best part is I am not out any money to get my refunds and credits and that means the world to someone like me.” Betty, says she tells everyone she meets about her experiences and the joy she has received from meeting new volunteers in her community each year. “I feel like they care about me, and I enjoy people who give back to our community, as I once was able. Telling people, is how I give back now,” she said. “They can count on my call again next year, and I thank everyone involved with this program and sure it is here for us.”
For the 2016 tax season, VITA helped 3,767 households in Jackson County secure $4,455,963 in tax returns. This is money many of these households wouldn’t have had otherwise. Not only are these dollars going to families and individuals who need it most, these dollars and cents are being spent locally in our economy. Your support is making real impact in our community.