Our community and nation have faced new economic challenges and LIVING UNITED has become more important than ever. Layoffs, foreclosures and shrinking family budgets mean more of our neighbors, co-workers and friends are living on the edge - some for the first time ever.
As United Way works to advance the common good for all in our community by focusing on Education, Financial Stability and Health, below is information about the resources available through United Way.
Tools for Tough Times
Financial Empowerment Centers
Nashville has been selected as one of five cities to receive a grant to help residents reduce debt and build assets through free, one-on-one financial counseling centers. The Office of Mayor Karl Dean and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville are partners in the grant funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities’ Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. Financial counselors are on hand to help you manage your bills, deal with debt collectors, improve your credit, and save for the future. Dial 615.748.3620 to schedule an appointment.
Free Income Tax Preparation
Free income tax preparation is available to ensure hardworking families take advantage of all Earned Income (EITC) and child tax credits through the United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. To date, we have processed more than 90,000 tax returns totaling more than $97 million in refunds and tax credits across the state. If you or your family earned less than $58,000 in 2013, dial 2-1-1 to find the closest tax preparation site to you.
To use the online option so that you can file your taxes free from the comfort of your home, click here. Want to volunteer with VITA? Click here!
United Way 2-1-1 Helpline
The United Way 2-1-1 Helpline is a 24-hour resource where you can speak with a trained information and referral specialist who will identify what local resources are best suited to help your unique needs. This free and confidential service can help you connect you with:
- Employment assistance
- Financial and legal help
- Counseling and crisis intervention
- Food and shelter
- Free Income Tax Preparation
- And much more
There are more than 9,000 programs represented in the 2-1-1 database. You can also dial the 2-1-1 Helpline to talk with a trained specialist to help you find resources that are close to where you live.
Bank On Music City
Bank On Music City is a community partnership of local banks, credit unions, government, and community organizations with a mission to connect individuals and families with safe and affordable bank accounts. The goal of this program is to help people keep more of what they earn by establishing banking relationships that will send them on a pathway to improved financial success and asset building.
Financial Stability Resource Guide
Are you unemployed or facing unemployment in the near future? This guide provides answers to questions and basic information on resources available in our community, including financial education classes. Print copies are available at partner organizations in Nashville or at the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville offices.