Promoting Independence

The Vision

All people are independent and have the means to care and provide for themselves and/or their familes.

Desired community outcomes

  • Older adults can live independently and safely in their homes as long as possible.

  • Adults have access to financial information and services, including budgeting, debt management, and tax preparation assistance.

  • Adults have assistance to overcome barriers, such as child care and transportation, in order to access educational, wellness, and employment opportunities in the community.

This Year

This program year, the primary goal of our community impact team (CIT) was to increase and/or impact Financial Literacy (knowledge of basic economic and financial concepts, as well as the ability to use that knowledge and other financial skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being) in the community. To meet those objectives, this group strengthened its support of the Central Maine CA$H coalition and worked to plan a Financial Fitness Fair to take place in the fall.
 
Central Maine CA$H continued to be one of the greatest successes of our CIT.  The program has completed its sixth year of providing free tax    preparation by IRS certified volunteers for low- income families and individuals in our catchment area. We expanded to Bingham and Skowhegan and completed a total of 146 tax returns which resulted in $172,724 in federal refunds alone. Volunteers pulled 10 credit reports and helped clients retrieve $4,273 in child care expense credits, $8,805 in child care tax credits,$11,126 in education refunds, $42,787 in state refunds, and $55,787 in earned income tax credits. 
 
We greatly appreciate our friends at Mid-Maine Adult Education, Winslow Community Credit Union, Camden National Bank, Lawrence Adult Educa- tion, Skowhegan Federated Church, and Kennebec Valley Community Col- lege for hosting our tax clinics. Special thanks to Deborah Schmid, our CA$H Site Coordinator, and heart of the program. 
 
During the year, our CIT provided    financial support to several partner agency programs including: Catholic Charities’ Maine Independent Support Services and SEARCH programs, RSVP’s Bone Builders, Hospice Vol- unteers of Somerset County, KVCAP’s Transportation and WorkReady Plus program, Literacy Volunteers of Frank- lin/Somerset, Literacy Volunteers of Waterville, and the National MS Society’s local case management service.
 

Programs:

The Promoting Independence Community Impact team works with the following Community Partners:
  • Alfond Youth Center - Serving Seniors
  • Catholic Charities of Maine - Independent Support Services
  • Central/Western Maine Workforce Investment - WorkReady Credential Program
  • HealthReach Network MaineGeneral Counseling
  • HealthReach RSVP - Bone Builders Program
  • Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County - Supporting Somerset County Families 
  • Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area - End of Life Direct Care
  • Kennebec Behavioral Health - Co-Occurring Disorders Program
  • Kennebec Valley Community Action Program - Transportation
  • Literacy Volunteers of Franklin/Somerset
  • Literacy Volunteers - Waterville Affiliate
  • Maine Chapter, National MS Society - Case Management Services

Central Maine CA$H Coalition

United Way of Mid-Maine offers CASH Coalition tax clinics from January - April each year.  Stay tuned for 2013 details and a downloadable schedule. 
The Promoting Independence Team works to reach the following results in our community:
  • older adults living in isolations are identified and assisted to remain independent
  • available resources, such as 211, are known and accessed
  • self-sufficiency is promoted through on-going communication and education
  • basic needs and safety issues for older adults are addressed
  • employment skills training is available
  • employment barriers are addressed and reduced
  • greater independence for all populations is supported
  • financial stability is supported

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