GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. December 2020

DECEMBER FINANCIAL CHECK-IN

This month will bring the start of the holiday season along with making decisions that impact next year. Below you will find some helpful tips and resources that can help you navigate and build your plan for the upcoming month.
Finance Friday
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The past few weeks have been thinking about the holidays and how to best prepare. Below you will find those holiday tips and resources as you plan out your December budget. Also, mid-December brings the end of Open Enrollment for the health insurance exchanges so if you have questions, please check out the free resources.
Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Health insurance is not only important to your physical well-being but also to your financial well-being. You still have time to review your health insurance plans and determine which option best suits you. Open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges are open until December 15. You can receive FREE help by clicking here.

You can download the WHI Marketplace flyer in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese
Supporting Local Businesses

The holiday season has a lot of ads that can save "big" money. We wanted to share some ideas on thinking “small”. That meaning “small businesses” and helping your community and local economy. This past year has been very difficult for so many small businesses with COVID-19 so when putting your holiday budget together, don’t forget about those businesses you shop close to home. You can learn more here for tips on how you can support your local community safely during the pandemic.
Holiday Budgeting

The holiday season is upon us. We know this can be a stressful time of year. Now is a good time to review the plans that you have made to enjoy the holidays. Check out the link for a holiday budgeting guide to help you stick to your plan.
Food Prep

The pandemic has impacted all of us in different ways, especially with our food budget. Hearing your stories about how you are relying on different services or seeing an increase in your spending because of the remote nature of work and/or your kids learning from home, we know that food can eat up a lot of your dollars in your budget. We hope this resource can help you make the most of the dollars you have while not sacrificing healthy options.
FINANCIAL NAVIGATION
Financial Navigation

Have your finances changed this year?
If the answer is "Yes", Financial Navigation could be a resource for you.

Financial Navigation is not all about being in crisis with your money. It's a space where you can get questions you may have answered where a navigator can direct you to a local resource that could help your situation.

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, in partnership with United Way of Washtenaw County, has launched a Financial Navigator program to help residents manage the financial impact of COVID-19.

Call United Way for a free, 30-minute call with one of our Financial Navigators and get your questions answered and help with navigating the numerous resources available during this time.

Click HERE to complete our interest form or call 734-677-7202 to talk to a Financial Navigator.
VITA
VITA 2021 Season is Around the Corner

Despite the pandemic starting in the middle of the previous tax season, our VITA program still managed to file 1,064 free tax returns bringing back $1.75 million in tax credits to our community. The pandemic didn’t stop us then and it will not stop us now!

We will provide the same quality service virtually along with on-site support for those who have limited access to technology. Appointments for the upcoming tax season open January 2021. Sign up here to be notified when appointments open. In the meantime, our VITA team is eager to assist with tax-related questions. Contact the VITA team through our online form or call 734-677-7235.
Volunteer for VITA

As our VITA team gears up for the upcoming tax season, we are still looking for experienced VITA volunteers. If you have experience as a paid tax preparer, VITA volunteer at a different site, or any other relevant tax experience, we would love for you to join our VITA Team!

Due to COVID-19 limitations, our volunteer team will be smaller, but more dedicated than ever. Volunteer remotely, meet other VITA volunteers, become IRS certified, and serve Washtenaw County.

Contact Emma Roeder, VITA Program Manager, at eroeder@uwwashtenaw.org
 
Check out our VITA Volunteer Resource section on our website. VITA volunteer hours also qualify as Continuing Education Units.
Financial Coaching
New Year, Better Finances

Our coaching team is excited for the New Year and ready to help you reach your financial goals. Sign up for one-on-one financial coaching. Your financial coach will:

  • Create a personalized coaching plan
  • Find unique tools and resources to help you achieve your goals
  • Work as your accountability partner

If you are interested in setting up an exploratory call with a financial coach, click here to schedule a phone call or video chat consultation.
Financial Workshops

Are you looking to improve your financial knowledge? Do you want to decrease your stress level around money? If you answered "yes" to either question, our financial resource team is here to help plan your next financial workshop. We provide workshops on the following topics:

  • Checking your financial health
  • Create and achieving your financial goals
  • Making your budget your friend
  • Changing your money mindset
  • Managing and paying down debt
  • How to get that credit score

Learn more about our workshops on our Financial Education section on our website. If you are interested in hosting a financial education workshop, please contact us at financialresources@uwwashtenaw.org.
 
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