Financial Stability

United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial Stability

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education, and, currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits.  For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.

To achieve long term financial independence, individuals and families need to secure stable income and earnings, attain stable housing and build savings for the future.

The Challenge

  • 37,000 individuals in Anderson County live in poverty, and another 40,000 struggle to make ends meet on a day-to-day basis.
  • Today, fewer people are able to own their own homes. Homeownership has decreased over the past 10 years.
  • Through a series of community meetings with local residents, safe homes, and neighborhoods, along with a stable income were identified as a key priority issues for families in Anderson County.

Our Strategy

To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the Financial Stability Partnership™, an initiative that promotes community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals. 

Dollars raised through the United Way of Anderson County are invested in community projects and local non-profit programs that:
  • Increase neighborhood safety.
  • Help families secure affordable housing.
  • Assist adults in gaining employment leading to stable income.

Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax assistance to thousands of individuals and families across the Upstate.

 

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of approximately $60,000 a year or less. In addition to providing free tax preparation, VITA works to ensure everyone in the community receives all of the tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible. The program is supported by volunteers. 

 

Many in our community don’t have access to affordable tax preparation services or are unaware of programs like Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that could put thousands of dollars back in their hands and into our local economy. VITA helps taxpayers obtain valuable and eligible tax credits and deductions, especially EITC, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions. We also address more complicated aspects of tax law such as the Affordable Care Act and education credits and deductions. Anyone who files a basic tax return (Available services) can have taxes prepared at one of the VITA sites. In addition to access to these credits and deductions, taxpayers also save by avoiding the high cost of paid tax preparation. 

 

In 2018, the VITA coalition (which includes United Ways of Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, and Laurens counties) prepared more than 12,100 tax returns, saving $2.4 million in tax preparation fees and bringing approximately $14.2 million in tax refunds to the Upstate.

 

With this growing coalition, including faith-based, public and private organizations, our goal is to help more individuals and families achieve greater financial stability with our free tax preparation services.

 

2019 ANDERSON COUNTY VITA SITES
 
VITA Site Location Address Hours of Operation

Anderson Main Library

300 N. McDuffie St.

Anderson, SC 29621

Tuesday 10am - 4pm

Saturday 10am - 3pm

Belton Library

91 Breazeale St.

Belton, SC 29627

Wednesday 1pm - 5pm

Friday 10am - 3pm

Pendleton Library 

650 S. Mechanic St.

Pendleton, SC 29670

Monday 1pm - 7pm

Wednesday 10:30am - 3:30pm

Williamston Library

925 Greenville Dr.

Williamston, SC 29697

Tuesday 3pm - 7pm

Operation Dates 2/5 - 3/5

Iva Libary

203 W. Cruette St.

Iva, SC 29655

Thursday 2pm - 6pm

Operation Dates 2/7 - 3/7

Rejuvenate Church

3101 N. Main St. Ste. G04

Anderson, SC 29621

Tuesday 9am - 4pm

Thursday 9am - 4pm

Friday 1pm - 7pm