United Way of Franklin County supports programs that encourage individuals to plan appropriate pathways to increase financial security. Individuals learn job skills and financial literacy to increase their earning potential and plan for the future.
United Way Financial Stability Programs:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
VITA offers free tax help for individuals and families earning a household income of $64,000 or less. Must have a valid ID and Social Security Card; Some eligibility restrictions apply.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call for eligibility and to schedule an appointment: 717-262-0015.
Stepping Forward Works
A comprehensive career pathway program for those facing barriers to gainful employment. The goal is to move the chronically unemployed and under-employed into self-sufficiency while providing Franklin County businesses with qualified, reliable employees.
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Franklin County, 33% of households are living below the survival budget. This means they cannot afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology. We aim to change that.
A story of how workforce development programs make a difference.
Having raised her children to become successful professionals and parents, Ellen was in a place where it was her time to enjoy things like reading with her grandchildren. Unfortunately, she also found herself hiding the fact that she could only read below a third grade level. She knew she had to do something about it, but was anxious about approaching the Franklin County Literacy Council because she didn’t think she would succeed.