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Increase in Local Support for SEVCA This Year

Each year, along with many other nonprofit organizations, SEVCA applies for town funding to support the services we provide to residents of the towns in our service area. This year, 34 Windham and Windsor County towns voted to provide funds to SEVCA amounting to a total of $81,575, a slight increase over last year’s total allocation of $80,052.

SEVCA utilizes these funds to help meet the needs of town residents with lower incomes, enabling us to provide our full range of program services to them, including crisis fuel assistance, housing assistance and homelessness prevention, home repair, weatherization, early childhood education, financial fitness education, budget counseling, small business counseling, job readiness training, matched savings accounts, income tax preparation, and emergency clothing and furniture.

The actual cost of the services we provide typically exceed town allocations many times over, as SEVCA is able to leverage significant state, federal, and private grants with the funds contributed. Typically, our town funding is only 1–2% of the total value of services provided to residents.

The following towns voted to allocate funding to SEVCA for the 2016-17 fiscal year:

Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Brattleboro, Bridgewater, Brookline, Cavendish, Chester, Dover, Dummerston, Grafton, Guilford, Halifax, Hartford, Hartland, Jamaica, Londonderry, Ludlow, Marlboro, Newfane, Norwich, Putney, Rockingham, Springfield, Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Weathersfield, West Windsor, Westminster, Weston, Windham, Windsor, and Woodstock.

“We would like to thank the many towns who have consistently supported SEVCA over the years. This is a critical flexible source of revenue, and we simply could not do as effective a job of meeting community needs without it,” said Steve Geller, SEVCA’s Executive Director.

SEVCA Announces Free “Financial Fitness” Classes in Springfield

March 23, 2016. SEVCA announced today that there is space available in its upcoming workshop series, “Your Money, Your Goals,” to be held in Springfield starting April 13. This 7-part workshop series will help participants improve their relationship with money, develop strong financial habits, and take steps toward prosperity. Topics covered include: saving, spending, credit, home buying, insurance, purchasing a car, and saving for college. The instructor will review participants’ credit reports and offer recommendations to build healthy credit or resolve credit issues, as well as provide individualized financial coaching to help participants and their families become more financially secure.

The workshop series is free and open to the public. Those who complete the course may be eligible to join SEVCA’s Individual Development Account (IDA) matched savings program. IDA participants earn $2 for every $1 they save (up to $1,000) if they save a minimum of $25 each month toward purchasing a home, obtaining education or job training, or starting or enhancing their own business.

The course will be held at the Meeting House, Springfield Hospital, in Springfield, VT from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, April 13 through May 25. Pre-registration is required. Please call to register at 802-722-4575, ext. 151, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UPDATE! Slots for Free Tax Help Are Filling Up!

SEVCA's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program still has appointments available in White River Junction and Windsor, but has filled all available slots in Westminster as of February 24. Slots may become available in Westminster if there are any cancellations. See all details for making an appointment in Windsor or WRJ-- HERE.

Residents of Windham County may seek assistance from the United Way in Brattleboro--Call 802-257-4011 for more information.

Also check out AARP's free tax assistance program by contacting them at the following numbers:

Belllows Falls Senior Center:                      802-463-3907

Chester Newsbank:                                   802-824-5294

Springfield Sr. Center                                802-885-3933

Londonderry Neighborhood Connections:     802-824-4343

Brattleboro VFW                                        802-257-9509

Keene, NH YMCA                                       603-903-0450

Thie program is not just for AARP members or retirees. Find out more about their program HERE.

 

 

Need to get a job or upgrade your workplace skills?

SEVCA and Vermont Adult Learning Present "Ready for Work" Program

“Ready for Work” consists of a free, 6-week employment readiness course along with intensive, one-on-one support to help participants improve their resume writing and interviewing skills, overcome employment barriers, search for and apply for jobs, and transition successfully into the workforce. Classes begin February 2 at Vermont Adult Learning's facility in Brattleboro.

Click here for all the info.

We Want YOU! ....to file your taxes for free!

Are you sure you're getting all the tax credits you're entitled to? If you are income eligible and live in Windham or Windsor counties, you can get tax help from SEVCA for free!

Some locations still have appointments available (as of February 24). Get the update HERE.

Get all the details HERE.

 

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Maya Angelou