FAFSA may be your key to affording college or career school, completion help available

FAFSAsite1Completing a FAFSA submission can be the difference between having money to go to school to be trained for a career or missing out on education and facing a lifetime of struggles with financial stability.

United Way of the Mid-South, the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance, VITA and the Seeding Success Partnership are encouraging students to complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submissions across our area. To learn more about FAFSA, click the image to the upper right or click here.

Federal Student Aid (a part of the U.S. Department of Education) is the nation’s largest provider of student financial aid. Over $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds are provided each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school. Federal Student Aid programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

Full FAFSA completion help is available at several Free Tax Prep sites across the Mid-South:

Binghampton Community Development, 300 Walnut Gove, Memphis, TN
Jan. 29 thru Mar. 27, Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Highland Heights Church, 3587 Macon, Memphis, TN
Jan. 25 thru April 12
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Memphis Catholic High School, 61 McLean, Memphis, TN
Feb. 1 thru Mar. 15
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

R.C. Irwin Public Library, 1284 Kenny Hill Dr., Tunica, MS
Jan. 24 thru April 12
Fri. & Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Southland Mall Super Site, 1291 Southland Mall Dr., (Near Macy’s)
Jan. 28 thru April 19
Mon. 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thur. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fri. 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

West Tennessee Mobile Site
By appointment, Jan. 28 thru April 15 call 901.433.4361

Basic FAFSA screening help is available at several Free Tax Prep sites across the Mid-South:

Brown Baptist Church, 7160 Tchulahoma Rd., Suite 4A, Southaven, MS
January 25 thru April 12
Mon. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wed. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cummings Street Baptist, 781 East Raines, Memphis, TN
February 1 thru April 12
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Crittenden County Library, 1800 Missouri # 14-C, West Memphis, AR
January 30 thru April 12
Thurs. 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hickory Ridge Mall Super Site, 6075 Winchester Rd., Memphis, TN
January 28 thru April 15
Mon., Wed., Thurs., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues., Fri., Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Oasis of Hope at Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry, Memphis, TN
January 28 thru April 8
Tues., 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

South Branch Library, 1929 S. Third St., Memphis, TN
February 8 thru April 12
Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WIN / TN Career Center, 116 Market St., Somerville, TN
February 6 thru April 12
Thurs. 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Office closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The United Way of the Mid-South office is closed today in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our office will reopen tomorrow.

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Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and possibly a larger refund? New flyers give you the information quick!

Find out if you fall in the income threshold that qualifies you for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can greatly increase your potential tax refund!

A list of income levels that are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit is now available through the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance (EITCA). The document is available as a downloadable Adobe Acrobat file in both English and Spanish.

Details in the documents come from the Internal Revenue Service, and apply to income earned in 2013.

Click below for the English or Spanish versions of the file.

English Version
Spanish Version

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Listing of FREE Tax Prep help sites now available

13EITCAengSpanFlyerMinA list of sites offering FREE Tax Preparation help through the Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance (EITCA) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is now available as a downloadable Microsoft Word file.

The contains information about Free Tax Prep sites in the Mid-South located in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Click here to download a copy of the file.

You can also call the 2-1-1 help line (alternate number 901.415.2790) to learn about the Free Tax Prep site in your area. The call service is available Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

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Office closed for New Year’s Day

Fireworks1United Way of the Mid-South is closed for New Year’s Day. We will be open tomorrow, January 2nd. Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Consider making a New Year’s resolution that improves people’s lives and helps the Mid-South be an even better place to work and live, and thank you for the difference your support makes in our community every day of the year!

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Volunteers: United Way Loaned Executives serve on the front lines of caring

Serving as a United Way Loaned Executive can be fun. But, it can also be challenging.

Thankfully, year in and year out, United Way of the Mid-South receives some of Memphis’ top employees from companies around the city. These volunteer employees are Loaned Executives and Sponsored Representatives.

Each year, these volunteers leave the “known” work they perform day in and day out to work on the front lines of raising resources and spreading awareness during the United Way fundraising drive.

“Simply put, without their help there is no way we could reach as many people and organizations as we do,” said Dave Skorupa, Vice President of Communications for United Way. “Our staff is only so large. Running effective fundraising and information campaigns takes time. The key role they play in making presentations, sharing materials, answering questions and spreading the word makes a tremendous difference.”

After working to raise resources to help United Way’s network impact people’s lives, Loaned Executives always have stories to tell about their experiences.

Some of these stories are shared with the whole United Way team during weekly countdown meetings held during September through late November. During these meetings, Loaned Executives are asked to tell their “tidbits” about the fundraising campaign. Sometimes the stories are focused on the process of conducting fundraising drives at local businesses, but it’s very common for the stories to focus on how people’s lives are changed thanks to your support of United Way.

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The 2013-14 United Way Loaned Executives and Sponsored Representatives worked hard this year to help United Way fundraising staff.

Michael Steward, who works with FedEx, has served as a Loaned Executive for three years during the United Way drive.

“It’s just so rewarding to look in people’s eyes and know that you are helping them,” he said. “But it’s also rewarding to see all those generous hearts out there who know our community needs all the help it can get.”

Vickie Hamilton, a second year United Way Loaned Executive, said that her experience has been “humbling.”

“I just believe in what United Way does,” she said. “I see proof in all the wonderful agencies that are being funded and serving our critical needs in the community.”

“It’s just the right thing to do… to help our community,” said James Alexander, also a Loaned Executive (and a member of the world-famous R&B group, The Bar-Kays). “We work as a team. It’s that teamwork that makes a real difference for our community.”

Loaned Executives and Sponsored Representatives can stay connected to United Way even after their service to our community through membership in the Loaned Executives Alumni Association (if you are a former LE or SR, click here to visit the LEAA facebook page).

(Editor’s Note: Writer Paul Smothers served as a Loaned Executive in 2013)

Posted in Fund Raising, Loaned Executives, Personal Stories, Sponsored Representatives, Volunteers

Youth United Way “shoebox Christmas” a big hit at Binghampton Christian Academy

ShoeboxChristmas2013AYouth United Way Director Clint Anderson reports that late last week, current and former Youth United Way program members delivered wrapped gifts to Binghampton Christian Academy.

Youth United Way“Everyone who donated toys and wrapped a shoebox should feel good for the blessings they helped give to these children. They were very shocked and very appreciative,” Anderson said.

The Shoebox Christmas initiative is a holiday tradition with the Youth United Way leadership program. Teens in the program give of their time and resources to provide gifts, and wrap and deliver the presents in shoeboxes. The gifts are distributed to a chosen school right before the Christmas holiday.

To learn more about the Youth United Way leadership program, contact Director Clint Anderson at 901.433.4327 or by e-mail at clint.anderson@uwmidsouth.org .

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