Making Sense of Money
WHO ARE WE?
The Financial Fitness Network of Racine County is a partnership of more than a dozen organizations that aim to help Racine's community manage finances with greater confidence in order to enjoy the improved quality of life that accompanies financial stability. For more information, or if you'd like to join us, contact Lori Riffer at 262-456-6468.
All people in Racine County have the knowledge and skill to obtain financial stability.
The Financial Fitness Network of Racine County aims to empower individuals and families by providing financial education and a continuum of resources.
Financial Education and Outreach
A core goal of the Financial Fitness Network of Racine County is to develop a comprehensive, year-round cycle of financial education for the Racine community. This includes the Asset Builders Annual Money Conference, various financial literacy workshops and classes, and housing resources such as Rent Smart, first-time home buyer workshops, and foreclosure prevention counseling.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The VITA program provides free tax preparation services to help individuals and families file their taxes and apply for tax credits. This service provides support to tax filers, connects clients with self-sufficiency building resources, and also brings more dollars into the local economy. United Ways across the nation have been providing VITA programs for years with great success, and United Way of Racine County recognized the importance of the program to promote financial stability within a community. As a result, United Way of Racine County will be incorporating the VITA program starting in 2017.
During the 2017 tax season, United Way estimates scheduling appointments for 750 clients at five Racine County sites, open Monday through Saturday. These appointments will be scheduled through IMPACT 2-1-1 for a streamlined process with no wait times. All individuals earning less than $54,000 annually qualify for these services. To learn more about receiving VITA's assistance, please click here.
Volunteer with VITA
VITA needs volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Training to become an IRS-certified tax preparer is free and requires no previous experience. To learn more, contact Lori Riffer at 262-456-6468.