In the first two weeks of the 2018 tax season, IRS-trained volunteers serving the Midlands through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program have completed more than 750 tax returns for low-income households hoping for a much-needed refund. Volunteers are serving in 18 locations throughout the Midlands. Jessica Grote, director of financial stability programs for The Cooperative Ministry, coordinates the VITA program in partnership with United Way of the Midlands. In 2017, 7624 returns were prepared returning $1.93 million in tax credits to low-income households.
The Cooperative Ministry has released its 2017 statistical record, showing we helped 12,091 people. Here’s how we served them:
- 463 households received rent or utility assistance.
- 4,437 people received food assistance.
- 5,583 people receiving clothing for school and work.
- 50 households receiving home furnishings.
- 7,624 tax returns were prepared and returned $1.93 million in tax credits to low-income households.
- 935 people received help to pay health insurance premiums.
- 78 financial literacy events reached 641 people.
- 15 people received a car for transportation to work.
90 cents of ever $1 donated to The Cooperative Ministry is spent on direct program services.
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