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.
Root Social Merced is a program that is designed to help the small businesses and non-profits grow through the power of digital media. Root Social Merced is able to offer low cost solutions for small businesses and Non-profits looking for ways to improve their online presence. If you are looking to grow your business/Non-proffit or an entrepreneur taking your first steps to success, see if our low cost business development program can benefit you. Lori@unitedwaymerced.org
Mentoring Odd Jobs Organization – MOJO is a non-profit that was founded in December, 2012. MOJO is a mentoring program that allows youth in the community the opportunity to learn valuable trade skills and professional interpersonal relationship building that will last them a lifetime. The team of skilled young people will come work on any odd job that you have in the Merced County area.
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.