United Way works every day to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a better life – Education, Income, and Health.
The United Way of Mat-Su focuses on solutions to increase financial stability for individuals and families. United Way and its partner’s help families increase income, build savings and gain assets that contribute to a stable future. We seek to strengthen our community by identifying and tackling the underlying causes of the most serious social issues facing the Mat-Su Borough. One of the most critical issues affecting our community is financial instability. Financial Stability is one of the key factors to building strong and stable families, and in turn, a strong and stable community.
Our Community Plan:
Families and Individuals Achieve Financial Stability and Independence
Helping local families and individuals develop the skills and access the tools they need to become financially stable.
We invest in, and partner with, programs and organizations that target our focus areas (adequate income and essential services) by:
- providing access to workforce development, adult education, job readiness, training and retention, and vocational skills development
- providing financial education, debt reduction and credit repair guidance
- assisting others with affordable housing
- providing legal intervention, homeownership counseling and education to prevent foreclosure
- providing financial literacy education, helping families build assets and better manage income
- providing essential services and basic needs such as food, shelter, rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, disaster support or primary healthcare
How You Can Help:
As a part of the Mat-Su Valley, you can get involved in some of the programs that help families in the community become more financially stable such as:
Mat-Su Housing and Homelessness Coalition: http://www.mschh.org/
Their vision is to create an environment for coordinated services with a full range of local housing options and resources supported by the community. They are a grant funded non-profit coalition that was founded in 2008. Their foundation was based on the core principles of advocacy, credibility and creating partnerships.
Mat-Su Project Homeless Connect:
Is an annual event that focuses on providing food, clothing, toiletries, and other necessities to homeless people in our valley. It is a one-day, one-stop event to provide people experiencing homelessness with access to a broad range of services, including medical check-ups, eye screenings, foot care, legal services, employment assistance, food, toiletries, and more. The event also helps participants contact long lost family members, obtain identification and fill out applications for housing opportunities.
MY House: http://myhousematsu.org/
MY House wants to let teens know, that they’re not alone, that MY House does care for them, and that they are welcomed here. The mission of MY House is serving the needs of the Homeless & Runaway Teens throughout the Mat-Su Valley. MY House is a non-profit organization that makes available the basic needs of safety, shelter, warmth and nourishment for teens in the valley that needs our support.
Bi-Annually many non-profit organizations apply for grants and many times volunteers are needed to help process paperwork. To find out more contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Earned Income Tax Credit Workshops:
Are you certified to help people with taxes? If so, during tax season we would love to have volunteers help others with their taxes, so they know what they are doing, and they are able to file on time and correctly. To find out more contact: email@example.com
How We Want To Move Forward:
Professional Level Employers to Locate to Valley
First Time Homebuyer Work Shops
Community Money Management Workshops
Landlords allotting certain # of spots in building to low-income/affordable housing.
More Information/Resource on Income:
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work. When the EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit.
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