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Campaign Close Date: March 15th
 
2015 Campaign
 
 
 
 
Campaign Spotlight: Can You Afford To Not Give To The United Way?
 

“Why would a person want to donate to United Way?” 

It’s a reasonable question to ask. Perhaps you have personally posed this question at one point, or maybe someone has asked the same of you. The answer, to put it simply, is this: United Way is not about just one issue or cause. This organization is unique because of its all-encompassing viewpoint. The problems of poverty, homelessness, family violence, and low graduation or literacy rates truly affect the whole community. There is no doubt –everyone is connected. 

United Way seeks to empower the community by looking at the whole picture and working together with other agencies and leaders with one common goal in mind.  They strive to build real solutions for today, tomorrow, and forever. 

The issues that people face are not one-dimensional, and neither are their causes. Some people deal with poverty for their entire lives. Others fall into poverty through illness, lack of education, misfortune, loss of a job, or other factors. Even those with decent jobs, solid families, and reasonably good health can fall victim to unexpected circumstances. With a holistic approach to Education, Income, and Health, United Way works with individuals and families through 20 unique human service programs; the organization is here for community members who are struggling to make it through difficult times. 

Unfortunately, the current United Way campaign has fallen behind. With less than two weeks until the closing date of March 15th, the current fundraising total is at 77% of the $595,000 goal. If the money does not come in, United Way’s partner agencies will face significant funding cuts. This projected decline in funding has critical consequences – fewer children will have access to food and other basic necessities, families will be turned away from preventive health services, and many local programs will have to close sites or limit their hours and staff.  For more details on these projected funding cuts, click here.

With these changes looming in the near future, a different question must be asked – can you afford to not contribute to the United Way?

To invest in the future of the Mifflin-Juniata region, donations to the 2015 Campaign can be made to the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, 13 East Third Street, Lewistown, PA, 17044. Phone: (717) 248-9636, or be clicking here.

 


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The United Way of Mifflin Juniata is dedicated to fulfilling our
mission: Improving people's lives by mobilizing the caring
power of the community.

                    
                                                                          
 
5th Annual Walk for Warmth - YOU raised $10,670!
 

























Thank you for all of your support! We had a wonderful turnout for this year's event. All funds raised will benefit the Mifflin-Juniata Energy Bank, a United Way program designed to aid those in immediate heating crisis. The Energy Bank also assists individuals with planning and educational resources to alleviate future heating crisis. To browse more photos, click here for the event gallery!

 
Free Tax Preparation
 
If your income was less than $53,000 in 2014, you may qualify for tax assistance. Our IRS trained volunteers can help you file for FREE. You must bring a valid photo ID and an original Social Security card, as well as copies of all forms W-2, 1098, 1099 and any forms received in the mail. If you wish to deposit your refund directly into your bank  account, please also bring a cancelled check. 

Sites will operate starting January 31,2015, by appointment only. 
Call (717) 248-9636 or email tswartz@mjunitedway.org to schedule an appointment in either Mifflin and Juniata Counties.
   

 








The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) could put up to $6,143 into the pockets of eligible taxpayers, making this a potentially life-changing tax credit.  The amount of money you receive depends on the amount of annual income you have earned. EITC is a financial boost for working people in a recovering economy, but tax payers must file and claim the credit to receive it. If you have never claimed the EITC before, you can file for the past three years.  That is $18,429 in just one year!  The guidelines are as followed:



# of  kids:

Income less than:

Receive up to:

0

$14,590 (single)

$20,020 (married)

$496

1

$38,511 (single)

$43,941 (married)

$3,305

2

$43,756 (single)

$49,186 (married)

$5,460

3+

$46,997 (single)

$52,427 (married)

$6,143

 
Thank you! Our 2014 Campaign raised $540,017 because of your generosity!
 
 
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