WHAT WE DO
The following represent the INCOME activities UWMC is currently involved in:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Earned Income Tax Credit (VITA/EITC) Program provides free tax preparation and free e-filing of State and Federal tax returns for all low- to moderate – income individuals and families. VITA/EITC saves individuals and families money and helps them maximize their tax credits in order to receive a larger refund.
The Helping Others Prepare for Employment (HOPE) Center was created to help the Westside of Merced County residents to become more self- sufficient, maintain and also manage their financial stability.With the state of the economy and high unemployment and public assistance rates, the requests for services greatly exceed the resources. The clients that are served through Salvation Army’s social services are in dire need of more skill building activities, self-actualization, other resources and job search skills.
Information and referral services are in important part of the program. It is imperative that the center works with other agencies and organizations in order to meet the clients’ needs. The center can help with clients with immediate need better than other programs while providing guidance to achieve more long term solutions to their issues. More time can be devoted in working one on one with clients to determine their untapped potential and possibilities to succeed.
The focus of CASA’s LIFE Program is to work with groups of students between the ages of 10-18 and their Advocates. The program will begin with a Career Fair in the summer. Prior to the Career Fair Advocates will assist the youth in completing an interest / skills profile. The profile will help them decide which occupations and jobs they want to explore. During the Career Fair Advocates will attend a training that will provide them with information and resources to assist them in working with their youth in the LIFE Program.