FINANCIAL STABILITY PARTNERSHIP HOSTS LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

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January 29, 2015 – Exton, PA -- The United Way of Chester County Financial Stability Partnership hosted its annual “meet and greet” with many of our local legislative aides and staff on Monday, January 26th, at the PA CareerLink-Chester County and United Way Financial Stability Center in Exton.  Despite the uncertainty of the weather, the turnout was impressive with 50 in attendance.  The Financial Stability Partnership of Chester County is a collaborative aimed at helping individuals and families achieve greater financial stability by meeting essential needs, planning for the future, and creating a path to financial independence.

Attendees were able to share the various economic concerns and situations local residents are facing from underemployment and unemployment, to foregoing critical basic needs, to various financial and housing hardships.  Partners of the United Way Financial Stability Partnership of Chester County shared information about their programs and services to help address these types of issues and needs.  United Way of Chester County Board Chair Al Rundle said “We are very pleased that so many legislators took a great interest in the financial stability partnership by sending representatives to the annual event.  It was great to see non-profit partners and legislative staff connect on the great resources available in our community.”

With tax season upon us, Bill Shaw, Executive Director of Life Transforming Ministries, announced the kick off of the 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) year.  Shaw highlighted the impact that free tax preparation services can have on both low and moderate income families and the community-at-large.  While thinking of tax season generally makes people groan, it also helps connect people to one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the country—the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

In addition to one-on-one assistance for household income of $60k or less, is an on-line system to prepare and file your federal and state tax returns for FREE!  For more information, call 610-380-9099 or click on www.ChesterCountyFreeTaxes.com .  This service will be offered at the PA CareerLink-Chester County and United Way Financial Stability Center on Thursdays starting January 29 and throughout the tax season.  Other convenient locations are also available throughout the county including Coatesville, Downingtown, Exton, Kennett Square, Phoenixville and West Chester.

Butch Urban, Administrator of PA CareerLink-Chester County and Terry Kenworthy, Administrator of the United Way Financial Stability Center concluded the meeting with a six month status update on the PA CareerLink-Chester County and United Way Financial Stability Center.  With 22 organizations operating from this one-stop location, job seekers and residents are able to access an array of workforce development and financial stability programs and services that meet their unique needs. Attendees were offered a tour of the site and time to network with one another to share resources and program information.

For more information about the various programs, services and initiatives of the United Way Financial Stability Partnership of Chester County visit www.MyFinancialFutureChesterCo.org