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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 our Director of Volunteer Engagement at 785.228.5120 or visit TopekaVolunteers.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.