CEO Corner: YOU Are Needed – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Life Transforming Ministries (LTM) is certified by the IRS within their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and has been operating sites in Chester County since 2004.
LTM VITA will provide IRS Training and, once completed, the volunteer is free to set up a schedule that works for them. They currently have locations in Coatesville, Downingtown, Exton, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Royersford, West Chester and West Grove.
To keep everyone safe, all sites are operating as drop off only sites. No traditional sit down, so interaction with clients is minimal. Taxpayers and volunteers will be in separate areas.
Interested to volunteer? Click here to register. To learn more about the VITA program, contact Darshana Shyamsunder, Director, Community Impact Initiatives, at 610.429.9400 ext. 4112. To learn how you can financially support the program, contact Doug Kaiser, Director of Resource Development, at 610.429.9400 ext. 4102.
Community Connection: CTDI & Honey Brook Food Pantry
In addition to running one of our largest workplace campaigns, the colleagues at CTDI wanted to support two additional families in need during the holiday season. We connected them to our friends at the Honey Brook Food Pantry.
Through CTDI’s generosity, one family received traditional gifts for their children and a second family received several months of their heating oil covered.
To learn more, contact Doug Kaiser, Director of Resource Development, at 610.429.9400 ext. 4102.
Now More Than Ever, Nonprofits Need Strong Leaders
Leadership Chester County is NOW accepting applications
Join Chester County’s premier leadership development program that brings business talent to nonprofit boards. We’ve redesigned the program for safety and a more manageable length of commitment. Sessions will be conducted online twice monthly starting in February and ending in May.
Leadership Chester County is designed to build leadership skills and community awareness. The program introduces participants to local nonprofits, the social issues their missions address, nonprofit board roles and responsibilities, and helps them connect to volunteer opportunities at the leadership level. Training in governance, community and self-awareness and developing diverse teams are as valuable in the workplace as in community service.
Sign up today for a spot in the next cohort! To apply, click here. To learn more about this program, click here, or contact Mary Anne Feeley, Director, Leadership Chester County, at 610-429-9400 ext. 4110
United Way Financial Stability Center2020 Highlights
The partners at the United Way Financial Stability Center remained resilient and adapted to ongoing challenges throughout 2020 by offering its sessions/workshops virtually. Below are a few highlights from the programs and services.
- 237 consumers received core navigation and/or financial coaching services
- 106 consumers received core individual and group counseling
- 351 consumers received support services
- 286 consumers received Financial Stability Center sponsored educational services
The United Way Financial Stability Center helps our clients navigate a path towards a more secure financial future. Service navigators and coaches help clarify our clients financial goals, provide support and connect them to a set of services to achieve their goals. By joining forces with PA CareerLink®, we have created easy access to a coordinated network of employment and financial stability services provided by various partners.
To learn more about the center, click here or contact Darshana Shyamsunder, Director, Community Impact Initiatives, at 610.429.9400 ext. 4112. To learn how you can financially support the center, contact Doug Kaiser, Director of Resource Development, at 610.429.9400 ext. 4102.
Help Us Help ALICE
United Way of Chester County is always working to help ALICE through our Community Impact & Innovation Fund and special initiative work.
ALICE stands for: Asset Limited. Income Constrained. Employed.
- ALICE has income above the FEDERAL poverty line, which makes ALICE ineligible for many state and federal programs
- ALICE cannot meet the basic needs required to live in Chester County without help
- ALICE is hard-working
- ALICE needs short-term help, not long term hand-outs
- ALICE is every gender, race, age and ethnicity
- ALICE contributes to your quality of life
- ALICE is your NEIGHBOR!