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A new way to help families

When families work hard to provide for their children – often working two or three jobs – and still they struggle, it’s disheartening. We see so many families living under the constant stress of just barely making ends meet. Our staff do all they can to help them by referring them to other services.

That’s why being a partner with the United Way on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance campaign this year is so exciting. It’s a win – win – win…for families, for children and for communities.

Through VITA, volunteers help working individuals and families with an annual income just below $52,000 – free of charge – fill out their tax returns and let them know about the refunds and credits they’re eligible for – like the Earned Income Tax Credit. This can help them get ahead financially, pay down debt and work toward saving for the future. Last season, nearly 9,400 taxpayers were assisted by more than 250 volunteers, resulting in $26.4 million in state and federal refunds and credits.

If you or someone you know could benefit, call 2-1-1 and press 3 for locations.

If you’d like to volunteer, contact our VITA coordinator, Laura O’Keefe at

Hartford Mayor, Pedro Segarra, and Galo Rodriguez, President & CEO at The Village for Families & Children, talk about the critical importance of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Campaign and free, online filing at Both programs help lower-to-moderate working families get ahead financially, pay down debt and work toward saving for the future.



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