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.
Habitat for Humanity Westside Merced County – This program focuses on safety, security, accessibility, weatherization, and keeping houses up to city codes. Through project management oversight which typically includes hundreds of hours of volunteer labor, Habitat will assist 2 families with new home construciton and a minimum of 5 families with completing home repairs.
In conjunction with the repair program, Habitat will be training more than 100 residents and community members to learn work force training in construction and home maintenance skills. Self sufficiency skills and asset development are interwoven in all the activities provided.