Financial Stability

United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial Stability

Individuals who are given tools to succeed are able to increase assets and improve their overall quality of life. 

Community Condition:

  • 42% of residents have an education level of high school diploma/GED or less
  • 46% or residents earn less than the basic cost of living in Genesee County






2019/2020 Impact Grants:

  • Family Service Agency of Mid Michigan (Representative Payee)
  • Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan Inc. (Improving Financial Literacy for Genesee Youth)
  • LISC (Financial Opportunity Center)
  • MADE Institute (Life Skills Program)

Our Programs:

Low-to-Moderate income families in Genesee and Shiawassee County can file their taxes for free with an IRS-certified volunteer through United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  VITA is a volunteer run program in partnership with the IRS to help families access the EITC and other credits that can boost financial stability.  With tax season just around the corner, we are looking for volunteers to assist local residents with completing their 2019 tax returns. If you are interested in learning how to complete federal and state tax returns and volunteering to help in your community, please contact Mary Bishop at mbishop@unitedwaygenesee.og

Thanks to our many volunteers and host sites in 2018 our VITA Program processed: 

  • 686 Federal returns resulting in $533,975 in refunds to residents 
  • 204 Earned Income Tax Credit Federal returns resulting in $184,545 in refunds to residents 
  • 862 State returns resulting in an estimated $68,077 in refunds to residents  

For more information on VITA program locations and necessary paper work please click here