United Way of the Mid-South hosted the National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour yesterday, with Earned Income Tax Credit Alliance (EITCA) volunteers and United Way staff sharing stories of success and identifying areas for future opportunity and change to better help people with disabilities.
The meeting is another example of United Way’s work to align itself and community partners around issues impacting local education, financial stability and health.
“What are the current barriers to tax services and asset development for persons with disabilities?” asked Yvonne Howard, one of the coordinators and a member of United Way staff, which started several rounds of discussion.
Part of the dialogue focused on using the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) to break down barriers and help increase economic self sufficiency for persons with disabilities. The group also explored the best methods to engage and foster outreach to the disabled.
Discussions also centered on outreach strategies, financial education, and asset building for local people living with disabilities.
The National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour is a national movement of more than 800 partners in 100 cities dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
“We want to get the message out and determine how our organizations can be more involved and work together in the future,” Howard said.