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Building off its longstanding partnership in providing free online tax filing services, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) and United Way today announced enhanced security features to MyFreeTaxes designed to further safeguard taxpayer information. MyFreeTaxes is a free, safe and easy way for anyone earning $64,000 or less to file state and federal taxes. “Our partnership with the United Way gives us an opportunity to fulfill our most important company mission: help taxpayers in the communities where we...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

United Way Free Taxes Offers Three Locations to Kick Off Tax Season Once again, United Way Erie Free Taxes will kick-off the tax filling season with free tax preparations at three different locations in the city of Erie. IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers will complete tax returns for eligible tax filers at United Way’s Super Saturday EITC Awareness Kick-Off event on January 28, 2017. This event highlights the importance of free tax preparation service through the VITA program and the Earned...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

                          Reading Buddies is partnering with the Erie Playhouse featuring the cast of Lion King Jr.. More than 25 families are expected to attend this event on Saturday, January 21 at the Blasco Memorial Library! Reading Buddies is an early literacy program of United Way of Erie County developed to enhance the impact of the Imagination Library in our community.  Reading Buddies events are free and held on a regular basis throughout the County to provide training for parents and...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

L to R: Katrina Byrd, CSD for Emerson-Gridley Elementary; Sonia Rios, CSD for McKinley Elementary; Meghan Easter, CSD for Pfeiffer-Burleigh School; Tami Krzeszewski-Conway, CSD for Edison Elementary and Jamilia Gates, CSD for Wayne School At the press announcement, officials from United Way of Erie County and Erie’s Public Schools will announce and introduced each of the hired Community School Directors for the Erie region’s community schools initiative. The community schools model, launched...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act will affect refunds Officials from United Way’s Erie FREE Taxes program are encouraging all filers to take note of the recent announcement of a new tax law, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, which has been passed to help make sure taxpayers receive the refund they are owed. The PATH Act will delay when some receive their tax refund for the 2017 filing season. Tax fraud at tax time has become a major problem across the country. To help...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

United Way of Erie County is working to reduce poverty in the Erie region by improving community conditions and creating opportunities for a better life for everyone. We mobilize people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, resources and expertise needed to get things done. United Way is a local organization that is accountable to our community. We are governed by a local board of directors and all decisions are made at the local level. Thanks to the generous...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

When Erie's permanent homeless shelters are at full capacity, local churches rotate hosting temporary overflow shelters for Erie's homeless. The overflow shelters are coordinated by Community Shelter Services and staffed by service providers and church volunteers. This winter, United Way of Erie County will be collecting and distributing items to the overflow shelters, which will include hotel-sized toiletries, breakfast bars, coffee, winter coats, gloves, hats & scarves and thermal...

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Home Team of Erie County, a local group of government representatives, service providers, business owners, consumers and concerned citizens working to address homelessness in Erie County, will recognize next Wednesday, December 21 as Homeless Persons Memorial Day.  United Way of Erie County is one member of many partnering entities that form The Home Team (complete list here: http://www.eriehometeam.org/about-us/).  Below are details regarding the public ceremony planned at 10am in the...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Erie Insurance announced as additional corporate partner to support Pfeiffer-Burleigh School L to R: Shantel Hilliard, Booker T. Washington Center associate director, Karin Ryan, Pfeiffer-Burleigh principal, Ann Scott, Erie Insurance community outreach manager and Gary Bukowski, Sarah Reed Children's Center associate vice president of development Officials from Erie’s Public Schools in partnership with United Way of Erie County have announced Erie Insurance as an additional confirmed corporate...

Monday, October 31, 2016

  United Way Erie FREE Taxes is seeking temporary, part time tax preparers located at the 4 NINE Center, 103 Clay Street in North East, PA. Hours include Tuesdays and Fridays, 4-8 pm; Saturdays, 10am-2 pm from Jan. 31, 2017 through April 15, 2017.  Pay rate: $11.50/hr.  Responsibilities:  prepare in-person federal, state, local tax returns for VITA-eligible tax filers.  Requirements:  complete IRS training and testing; obtain IRS-volunteer tax preparer certification;  demonstrate excellent...

Friday, October 21, 2016

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