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VITA OFFERS FREE TAX PREP FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS
MARCH 1, 2016


Each year, Americans lose millions of dollars in refunds during tax return season.  United Way of West Tennessee is committed to helping West Tennesseans keep their hard-earned money.


Before Mary called us about participating in the VITA program, she was spending $225 to have her taxes done and wasn't even receiving all the credits she was eligible for.  After having her taxes done last year by one of our certified volunteers, Mary learned that she qualified for over $2,000 in Earned Income Tax Credit alone.  That surplus was enough to catch Mary up on her rent, take care of other unpaid bills, and buy school supplies for her three children.

Beginning February 2nd, United Way of West Tennessee partnered with BancorpSouth in Jackson to provide free tax preparation for households with income less than $52,000.  The VITA season runs through March 5, and certified preparers process refunds (by appointment only) on Tuesday nights and Saturdays.  Because of

Because of VITA, clients served can rest assured they're getting the credits they deserve while simply saving on the cost of tax preparation.

We currently serve over 200 households per year through our VITA program - but the need in our community is limitless. All appointments at our site for this year's tax season were booked by February 1st.  If you're interested in becoming a VITA volunteer and increasing our capacity to serve during tax season, please contact Senior Resource Director Pat Ross at (731)422-1816 or by email at patross@unitedway.tn.org.





UWWT ANNOUNCES RACHEL WARD AS RESOURCE DIRECTOR
FEBRUARY 18, 2016


United Way of West Tennessee proudly announces Rachel Ward as its newest staff member.  Beginning February 22nd, Ward will assume the role of Resource Director for Gibson, Dyer, and McNairy Counties.

A Jackson resident, Ward holds a degree in professional studies from the University of Memphis at Lambuth and certification as a pharmacy technician.  She brings to United Way a unique perspective based on her diverse background in both healthcare and customer relations.

“We are excited about adding Rachel to our staff.  Her ability to connect with people will be a tremendous asset to our evolving team at United Way, and she will greatly benefit our work here,” states Scott Conger, UWWT president and CEO. 

As Resource Director, Ward will be responsible for fundraising strategy, account management, and volunteer coordination in Gibson, Dyer, and McNairy counties.

Ward has big shoes to fill – those of Senior Resource Director Debbie Todd, who retires this month after 27 years with the organization.  "I've worked with United Way for 27 years, and have been in Gibson, Dyer, and McNairy counties for a number of them. Rachel has a contagious enthusiasm that will serve United Way well in those communities.  I'm optimistic about my departure after all these years, because I know that I'm leaving these counties in good hands.  Our companies, volunteers, and board members are going to enjoy working with Rachel."

Since its inception in 1941, United Way of West Tennessee has addressed West Tennessee’s most critical issues by connecting people in need to services; last year, UWWT partnered with 82 nonprofits in West Tennessee to implement programs to serve individuals in need.  United Way proudly serves 14 counties in West Tennessee, the largest service area in the state: Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Madison, McNairy, and Weakley.



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