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Atlanta, Georgia

 

Contact Information

If you, your business, or organization are interested in becoming a part of the Disability Initiative Workgroup, please contact Jackie Wilks-Weathers at [email protected] of The Center for Financial Independence & Innovation or Carter Elliott of the Atlanta Prosperity Campaign at [email protected].

If you are already a member of the Disability Initiative Workgroup and have questions regarding the IRS participation, then please contact Marian Lee  at [email protected].

 
 

Disability Initiative Workgroup

The Atlanta Prosperity Campaign (APC) partners with the Center for Financial Independence and Innovation (CFII) to support its efforts to promote VITA services at disability organizations across the state. In addition, the APC coordinates 60+ sites (permanent and mobile) throughout the ten-county metro Atlanta region, including 5 Goodwill sites specifically targeted toward the disability community. All of APC's VITA sites are accessible, and thus have the capacity to serve people with disabilities. The APC partners with a wide range of social service organizations, governmental agencies, financial institutions, and businesses to promote VITA and to provide VITA services. Partners include Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Department of Revenue, Georgia Department of Human Services, International Rescue Committee, Bank of America, Atlanta City Employees Credit Union, Fort McPherson, St. Vincent de Paul, and Atlanta Workforce Development Agency.

The APC has a website (www.atlantaprosperity.org) that lists all VITA sites in the metro Atlanta area, including days/hours of operation, languages spoken, accessibility, directions to site, etc. This information will also be available on 211 (United Way

CFII launched the Georgia Disability Tax Initiative at the end of the 2009 tax season in response to the increased awareness of asset building for individuals with disabilities as demonstrated through multiple successful years providing free tax preparation for individuals with disabilities, their family members, and service providers. Free tax preparation is often the first step in engaging people with disabilities in conversations about asset building and has proven to be an excellent way to engage community partners, corporate entities, and volunteers. Lead agencies on this initiative include CFII, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the National Disability Institute. Over 75 representatives from disability organizations, government agencies, the faith community, and micro enterprise, and other asset development organizations have participated in the Asset Alliance and will be engaged in the Georgia Disability Tax Initiative.

One of our current challenges is engaging the rural communities in free tax preparation services and other asset building activities. One of the most significant media opportunities CFII has for the upcoming filing season is an opportunity to host an asset-building radio program on Georgia Radio Reader Services (GaRRS). This monthly program will focus on asset building topics including tax preparation, financial education. individual development accounts, benefits navigation, etc. Additionally, CFII has partnered with the Statewide Independent Living Council to provide information through the IL network. CFII will list all accessible VITA sites through the appropriate United Way 211 or 311 phone support systems. Each VITA site coordinated by CFII will be co-sponsored by a disability organization to ensure that the services we provide (free tax preparation, review of credit report, education around benefits interaction, etc.) will be focused on individuals with disabilites and their families.

 
 
 
2010 Events
 
April 24 - First Annual Financial FITNESS 5K

Join us for the first annual Financial Fitness 5K Road Race! Race proceeds support loans for Assistive Technology, asset building programs, and financial education for individuals with disabilities. More info: http://www.active.com/running/doraville-ga/financial-fitness-5k-2010 or www.thecfii.org.