Families and individuals with housing and/or financial challenges need help building life skills, developing resilience, and finding long-term, appropriate housing. Here are just a few ways you can help:
Free Tax Preparation Center: The first quarter of every year, The VITA Center provides tax assistance and online filing of Federal and State returns for individuals and families. Clients are assisted with filing for all credits for which they qualify, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits and Credits for the Elderly. How you can help: Volunteers who have completed IRS training at Urban Edge provide individualized, one-on-one assistance on a walk-in basis. We can always use new volunteers willing to undergo this training, and we eagerly encourage those who have done so to return for this event.
Annual Toy Drive: Every year, Urban Edge distributes over 750 toys to children in UE housing. Most of those toys are donated by those who attend our annual toy drive. How you can help: take donations (toys), write and attach toy tags, sign in recipients, assist in distribution, set up and clean up.
Turkey Tuesday: On the Tuesday before every Thanksgiving, Urban Edge staff and volunteers gather to pass out between 300 and 600 turkeys and chickens and Thanksgiving fixings. How you can help: take donations (foodstuffs), sign in recipients, assist in distribution, set up and clean up, deliver food to seniors.
Welcome Summer: This resource fair connects students with summer camps, job opportunities, free lunches and other events that can help make summer a happy, productive time. How you can help: Secure donations, Direct and sign in recipients, set up and clean up.
Back to School: Children need supplies for school: notebooks, pencils, backpacks and book bags, even winter coats. Urban Edge takes donations to purchase these supplies, or collects the supplies from generous local businesses. How you can help: Secure donations, Direct and sign in recipients, gather and distribute supplies, set up and clean up.
First-time Homebuyers: First-Time Homebuyer Education Training helps first-time homebuyers gain a thorough understanding of the home purchasing process. How you can help: Teach a class on home ownership, provide one-on-one homeownership counseling.
Cleanup Days at the Property: Urban Edge residents are proud of their homes, and work to clean up and spruce up common areas. We welcome anyone who cares to join us in this positive effort. How you can help: Assist with raking, painting, general cleanup, securing donations.
Neighborhood/block events: Particularly in the warm-weather months, we schedule community-building events that might be anything from a cookout to a neighborhood walk. Volunteers are welcome to join us, pitch in, and get to know your community. How you can help: Secure donations, Help set up and clean up, direct and sign in recipients, or share other special skills.
Other Ways You Can Help: You tell us! We’re always looking for special skills, whether that means tax preparation, family financial management, organizational or computer skills, food preparation/presentation, yard work, carpentry, plumbing, etc. Let us know about your special strengths. If you’d like to help, we’ll find a way to fit you in.
Urban Edge is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization, so your charitable contributions to us are tax deductible. We thank you for your support for these vital community programs.
Did you know? In 2014, Urban Edge will provide 1,500 families with back-to-school supplies, winter coats, holiday gifts for children, and Thanksgiving turkeys.
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