Promoting Independence

The Vision

All people are independent and have the means to care and provide for themselves and their families.

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 We...

This year, the primary goal 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, we strengthened our support of the Central Maine CA$H coalition and worked to plan a Financial Fitness Fair. 
 
Central Maine CA$H continued to be one of the greatest successes.  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 Education, Skowhegan Federated Church, and Kennebec Valley Community College for hosting our tax clinics. Special thanks to Deborah Schmid, our CA$H Site Coordinator, and heart of the program. 
 

Partner Agencies and Programs

United Way of Mid-Maine works closely with these Promoting Independence Partner Agencies.
 
  • Catholic Charities of Maine - Independent Support Services, and SEARCH Program
  • Central/Western Maine Workforce Investment - WorkReady Credential Program
  • Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County - Supporting Somerset County Families 
  • Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area - End of Life Direct Care
  • Kennebec Valley Community Action Program - Transportation, and WorkReady Plus
  • Literacy Volunteers of Franklin/Somerset
  • Literacy Volunteers - Waterville Affiliate
  • Maine Chapter, National MS Society - Case Management Services
  • RSVP - Bone Builders Program

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