INCOME

BUILDING FINANCIAL STABILITY

Our community will only prosper and grow if all families are financially stable. Fewer financial stresses lead to healthier lives, improved work performance, and better education outcomes. United Way invests in programs that help adults improve their education level and create a more financially secure future for themselves and their families. United Way’s work in Income is focused on ensuring all families and individuals achieve financial stability.  UWLS works to combat homelessness by providing grants to agencies that work on transitional & workforce housing and our Family Stability Services program to help families become more financially stable.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

VITA is a program offered by United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties that provides FREE tax preparation and filing services to low-to moderate households and assures that individuals and families receive all eligible tax credits.  VITA Volunteers are local residents who receive FREE tax preparation training by United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties and certification by the Internal Revenue Service.  Tax preparation sites are set up from February to April 15th in various locations throughout Lake and Sumter Counties to better serve our residents. 

     How do I find out more?

     Taxpayers who have questions about VITA or people interested in becoming a VITA volunteer please contact Patty Martinez at (352) 787-7530 x 247 or email vita2@uwls.org.  You can also find more information by CLICKING HERE.

Pathways to Success

This is a scholarship program that will cover expenses for a certificate program through an approved technical school that is under 600 hours or help complete your GED.  United Way believes in creating better futures.  We strongly believe this comes from having an education that supports what you want to do in life.  For more information, please contact Jennifer McNulty at (352)787-7530 x 221 or email programs2@uwls.org

Financial Services

United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties provides financial workshops in partnership with THRIVENT that focus on budgeting, credit score, home buying, and retirement.  They are scheduled on a monthly basis.  Please contact Patty Martinez at (352) 787-7530 x 247 or email vita2@uwls.org.