United Way of Brevard
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United Way of Brevard



Contribution will support the 2015 Annual Campaign

ATTGift2015web.jpgFor over 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been strong supporters of the United Way both at the national and local levels. Today, AT&T continues this legacy of support through a contribution of $8,000 to United Way of Brevard. In 2015 alone, AT&T gave $5.17 million to 550 local United Ways across the country.

United Way of Brevard will use the contribution to support programs that create long lasting change in the local community. The United Way is dedicated to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good, as is evident from the work the Brevard United Way is doing in Florida. For example, in the past year, your local United Way has funded 62 programs serving tens of thousands of people who needed a hand up.

"United Way of Brevard is focusing on Education, Income and Health - the building blocks of a good life. In particular, our efforts to promote Early Grade Reading will positively impact thousands of children in our community. We appreciate AT&T's support which allows us to have a greater reach and more impact," said Rob Rains, President, United Way of Brevard.

In addition to this contribution, each year AT&T employees take part in an employee giving campaign that provides millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations, including the United Way. In 2014,
AT&T employees, including employee members of the Communication Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Telecommunications International Union, pledged $36.4 million through this campaign.

“AT&T shares United Way’s commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives,” said Troy L. McNichols, AT&T Regional Director. “The United Way of Brevard’s” support for programs with proven results in our community improves the lives of our citizens by connecting them with resources and expertise that helps them not only to survive, but thrive.”

Photo by Stephanie Herndon / FLORIDA TODAY.




Saturday, August 29, 2015
9:00AM – 4:00PM

Salvation Army South, Fellowship Hall
1080 S. Hickory St., Melbourne 32901 (corner of Nasa Blvd. and Hickory St.)

First Come, First Served, no appointment necessary.

United Way of Brevard
is holding a one-day event for FREE TAX PREPARATION for those taxpayers who may need to have previous years’ federal tax returns prepared.

Tax_small.jpgAlso offered on-site for consumers:  Informational Financial Education Classes, times TBA

Federal tax returns will be prepared by I.R.S. certified VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax volunteers. Below is a list of necessary documents; if you do not have your income documents, you need to obtain them from the I.R.S. prior to this event.

You can receive a transcript of your income and tax account transactions for each year by mail via irs.gov at “Get Transcript by Mail” or call the I.R.S. automated phone transcript service at 1-800-908-9946 to receive your transcript by mail; please allow 10 calendar days for delivery. You can also visit the Melbourne I.R.S. office at 431 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL 32935, (321) 253-7700; Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30, closed 12:00-1:00.

Your United Way wants to save you the expense of tax preparation and assist you in becoming compliant with the I.R.S.

Basic federal tax returns for tax years 2012 thru 2014 can be prepared for those with combined income below $60,000 for each year. Avoid further penalty fees, file now!

Refunds are available to those who qualify, dating back to 2012 tax season. You may be eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit, file now and find out!

What to Bring:

  •          Proof of identification (photo ID)
  •          Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents, along with birth dates
  •          Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc) from all employers
  •          Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  •          All 1095 Forms for 2014, Affordable Health Care Insurance Statements or Exemption Certificate
  •          Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit; a blank check or letter from bank
  •          To file taxes for a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present
  •          Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number
  •          Forms for any special deductions, i.e. Student Loan interest, Tuition paid, etc.
  •          Copies of income transcripts from IRS, if applicable; copy of the last completed tax return, if available




United Way works to combat Summer Reading Loss

As summer begins, United Way is working hard to minimize the loss of learning that occurs when young minds sit idle for 10 weeks.  Summer reading loss is very real.  Studies show that children can lose one to three months of learning over the summer.

To combat the ‘summer slide’, United Way has launched two programs to help kids this summer – United Way’s Feed and Read program which provides nutrition, mentoring, and free books to low income children during the summer school break and a summer learning loss awareness campaign called “Tag In”.

Tag In – Summer Reading Loss Awareness Campaign

SS_Cover15.jpgBrevard Public Schools and United Way have teamed up on an initiative “Tag In”.   The concept is that teachers are ‘tagging out’ for the summer and parents must increase their role as primary educators of their children.  Many parents are not even aware of the negative impact of summer learning loss.

One of our initial strategies was to create a take home piece to help parents and students remember the importance of reading over the summer.   According to Rob Rains, United Way of Brevard President, “This is our third year distributing materials to all 45,000 VPK/ kindergarten through 5th grade students.  The brochure has simple activities to keep kids interested in reading as well as tips and resources for helping kids become readers.  This year we also added a summer reading challenge.  Kids at Brevard Public Schools who read the required number of books and turn in results to their school will earn an ice cream party.”

Check it out here!  

In addition to the take home piece, United Way is working in collaboration with local media partners to create a community-wide multi-media campaign (radio, television, print and outdoor) to create additional awareness of the “Tag-In” summer reading initiative. 

You can help prevent summer learning loss! “Tag In” and make sure the kids in your life are reading over the summer because kids who can read ... succeed!