Free Income Tax Assistance: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) & My Free Taxes (MFT)
JCUW's Free Income Tax Assistance Programs continued to lead the charge with financial stability work. In 2016, 340 tax returns were prepared at the Jackson County Public Library by 13 volunteers. Since the program started in 2010, JCUW has helped Jackson County residents claim $1,639,925 in federal and state returns.
Day of Caring
JCUW's Day of Caring is an event where groups of volunteers (corporate, service clubs, and individuals) donate their time for one Tuesday in May. In 2016, over 1,091 individuals signed up to volunteer and served at 150 project sites throughout Jackson County including Brownstown, Crothersville, Medora, and Seymour. Sponsorship dollars are raised each year in addition to limited support from the annual campaign.
JCUW's Rock'n Ready program is school-supply donation drive focused on supporting students with the supplies they need to start off the school year ready to learn. In 2016, over 15, 346 items were donated, along with 600 backpacks, for a cash value over $16,421 allowing over 650 students to return to school ready to learn. In 2016, nearly 269 volunteers served over 600 hours.
FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards
JCUW's FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established to reduce the cost of prescriptions for people who live and work in Jackson County. Since this program began, the FamilyWize-United Way partnership with local pharmacies has saved people living here more than $636,223 on everyday prescription costs for conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and many others. In 2016, the program also provided nearly 85 free flu shots at the Seymour Oktoberfest, Fort Vallonia Days, and Medora Christmas Festival.
United Way 2-1-1 South Central Indiana
2-1-1 is an easy to remember, free three-digit telephone number that connects people to health and human service information. In 2016, 2-1-1 took 1,931 calls and made 2,854 referrals. Over 457 visitors identified themselves as living or working in Jackson County. Top 10 Needs in Jackson County were: food, education, utility assistance, housing, individual & family support, health care, clothing, income support & assistance, legal support, mental health & addictions.
Jackson County Volunteer Center (JCVC) strives to match volunteers with community needs. JCVC works to connect potential volunteers with service opportunities that fit their passion. In 2016, through JCUW's Board, Committees, Programs and Services, we engaged nearly 38% more individuals to volunteer. Over 1,650 volunteers served over 10,547 hours in Brownstown,
Crothersville, Medora and Seymour. The estimated investment into the community through their volunteerism totals over $248,478. Volunteerism matters!
JCUW fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our county. We do this work with deep partnerships and collaborations. The funds raised from the annual campaign go to support our 20 Certified Community Partners
and their program work focused on their part of our mission.