The future success of our community is directly tied to the financial stability of hard-working families and individuals. To that end, we’re proud to help local people and families achieve their dreams by increasing income, building savings and gaining assets through careful budgeting and sound financial decision-making. The United Way annually distributes over $60,000 to address basic emergency needs such as food, clothing and shelter as the number of families living in poverty hovers around 29 percent and more than 42 percent of area children are impoverished. While addressing emergent needs is critical, we know that to begin to break the cycle of poverty, there is much more we can do to help area families and individuals build a sold financial plan for long-term financial stability and economic independence.
My Free Taxes
United Way's MyFreeTaxes is the only free, national, online tax preparation service, offered by a non profit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Through a partnership with H&R Block, anyone making less than $66,000 is eligible to file their taxes at no cost using H&R Block software. Seventy percent of U.S taxpayers are eligible to file their taxes for free- but many of them don't know about MyFreeTaxes. Chances are, that includes many of Robeson County's front-line employees.
United Way of Robeson County partners with organizations like FamilyWize that share the view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities. Our long-term commitments are essential to addressing key social issues, such as promoting financial stability and independence, and improving people’s health.
FamilyWize provides a prescription discount card which on average saves 45% on the cost of prescription medications. The card is free and includes a look-up tool to save additional time and money.
211 is a free health and human service resource available to callers 24/7. Trained operators answer each, confidential, call and are able to provide informationa and access to a variety of community resources including healthcare, substance abuse services, food and utility assistance programs, housing, domestic violence assistance, and more. Operators are also equipped to provide details about the hours and policies of organizations.