WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – (April 4, 2019) – With less than a month to go before the April 15 tax deadline, Westchester County Executive George Latimer stopped into The United Way of Westchester and Putnam on March 28 to observe call specialists at its 2-1-1 Call Center help residents with tax preparations. United Way 2-1-1 has helped more than 3,000 seniors and low-income residents file their tax returns and apply for the EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit, a credit available to those earning less than $54,800 a year. Also visiting was Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health Deputy Commissioner Joseph Glazer.
United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center provides referral services to people seeking food assistance, housing and shelters, utilities, abuse prevention, suicide, recycling regulations, foster parenting, where to get medical help and more. The tax preparation is one of the services it provides under contract to Westchester County.
About United Way of Westchester and Putnam
United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) works with government, business, non-profits and community leaders to solve complex problems. We focus on children, adults and families living on the financial edge. Our aim is to put them on a path toward self-sufficiency, so they might thrive and contribute to a stronger community. Our 2-1-1 helpline takes nearly 80,000 calls a year, providing online resources to resolve everything from basic to critical to urgent needs – heating, food, shelter, tax assistance, mortgage questions, childcare, natural disaster and crisis calls. We provide job skills training and financial education to adults. And we help more and more children and their parents to make sure children are reading on grade level by 3rd grade, a critical marker of academic success and future viability in our society.