Financial Stability Resources

FutureNow: Finance VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
March 1 at Topeka High (Go to the Facebook event page)
March 15 at Highland Park HS (Go to the Facebook event page)

Your page for local, national, and web-based information and help with finances, job training and more. Check back often for new links.

If you have a passion for or experience in budgeting, financial literacy, tax preparation or other areas, you can make a difference for someone in need! To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Kimberly Wolff, Director of Volunteer Engagement at 785.228.5120 or kimberly.wolff@unitedwaytopeka.org.

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Need some help filing your income taxes? United Way of Greater Topeka supports the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and MyFreeTaxes.com. Low- to moderate-income working people may be able to take advantage of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Follow the IRS link below for more information.

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program connects you with the help you need to understand and file your income tax return. Click for a list of VITA sites, dates and requirements.

The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund.

The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund.

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MyFreeTaxes.com–Free filing for individuals who made less than $62,000 in 2015. Presented by United Way and powered by H&R Block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Financial Literacy and Job Training

 

Managing debt and building personal savings are important parts of living a financially stable life. United Way supports strategies that help adults take control of their finances through education, budgeting and mentoring opportunities.

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HOPE (Helping Ourselves to Prosper Economically) is a financial mentoring program designed for working families and individuals living in Shawnee County, Kansas.

Imagine, inspire and transform your potential at Washburn Tech!

Washburn Tech works with adult students who are juggling family, financial and time issues. Pursuing a high-quality education is one of the best things you can do for yourself and those around you.

MySmartMoney.com Calculate your financial health, plan for the future or find solutions for immediate problems with this free tool from United Way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to start saving but need some help? America Saves has everything you need!

Youth Financial Literacy and Career Readiness

 

 

 

 

 

Reaching the next generation of adults before they have to make critical financial decisions is the goal of United Way of Greater Topeka’s Youth Financial Literacy strategy.

FutureNow: Finance
Imagine being able to see 10 years into the future

That’s just what teens get to do: a fast-paced, hands-on financial literacy exercise. Before attending, students complete a lifestyle survey where they describe their lives as 26-year-olds: their jobs, salaries, family, homes, even shopping habits and entertainment. CIS staff then compares their surveys with their current school performance and assigns fictional jobs, salaries and families. Students are then challenged to make ends meet using their salaries to purchase all the necessities of life: child care, transportation, groceries, homes, utilities, etc.; plus budget for fun things like vacations and entertainment.

Learning for Life

The Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America collaborates with Topeka Public Schools to incorporate career exploration and personal finance. Watch this video from the February 2017 Career Fair at Highland Park High School.