Our Focus on Financial Stability
United Way Galveston County Mainland fights to put every person in our community on a path toward financial empowerment. That starts with access to services, job training, credit counseling, and money management programs.
Financial Stability benefits more than a family - it benefits his or her neighborhood and entire community. When we are on solid financial ground, we are more likely to have access to to good quality health care, provide a good education for our kids, and contribute to our local economy. That's why United Way Galveston County Mainland is focusing on lasting income solutions to help people build skills and education necessary to get, keep and advance in a good job.
UWGCM is fighting to knock down financial barriers. We're investing in programs and initiatives that will help individuals and families in Galveston County achieve what may seem impossible: Living with enough financial resources and knowledge to build a foundation, and a future.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $58,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
To learn more about the VITA program, click here.