JVS Tax Site Helps Clients Improve Financial Health
This past tax season, 40 JVS volunteers helped over 575 people file their tax returns and improve their financial health. In total, we helped our clients file for $725,000 in tax refunds, including $225,000 in Earned Income Tax Credit. Over 50% of people who used the tax site also signed up for a financial health checkup with one of our financial empowerment coaches. Thank you to all of the volunteers who make our tax site possible every year and to our Financial Opportunity Center funders: Santander Bank, N.A., Capital One, TD Charitable Foundation, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley!
A New Beginning: Lydia's Story
Growing up in Uganda, Lydia Tumwesige couldn’t attend school regularly because of chronic malaria. When her family was forced to flee Uganda and seek political asylum in the U.S., Lydia got the chance to complete her education. She joined JVS's Bridges to College program, which prepared her to earn a certificate in Biotechnology and Good Manufacturing Practice from Quincy College. Lydia inspired us with her story with us this past month at elevate: The JVS Gala. Click the link below to watch the video about Lydia's journey.
JVS Forum Focuses on Improving Workplaces
This past Wednesday, we welcomed Aron Ain , CEO of Kronos, and David Weil , Dean of the Heller School at Brandeis University to join us for our semi-annual Economic Opportunity Forum. Keila Barros , JVS's VP of People and Culture, moderated a lively discussion about how employers can create better workplaces to the benefit of workers and employers, and Justin Kang , Vice President of Economic Growth at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, provided opening remarks. If you weren't able to join us at the forum, you can watch a recording of the live stream by clicking here .
elevate: The JVS Gala Raised Over $460,000 to Support JVS Programs

Earlier this month, JVS friends gathered at our signature event elevate - The JVS Gala . Together we raised over $460,000 to benefit JVS programs. We were proud to honor Doris and Robert Gordon , who are longtime JVS supporters, and State Street Corporation  for their support of education and workforce development in Boston. We were moved by Lydia Tumwesige , our client speaker, who uplifted us with her inspiring story. Thank you to our  Host Committee  and all of our event  sponsors . To see photos from the Gala, please click here .
JVS In the News
In case you missed it, catch up on two news articles that featured JVS Boston this month!

1) Read Jerry Rubin and Paul Grogran's op-ed in the Boston Business Journal :

2) Read the Boston Globe's article about the impact of Encore Boston Harbor on Boston's labor market: