Stable employment and financial literacy provide a solid foundation for families and individuals to thrive.
We're helping individuals and families build strong, stable foundations through resources and programs that enable them to achieve stable employment and financial literacy.
To get there, we invest in partners that offer job training and placement, financial education, free tax preparation and legal advice that help them succeed in work and in life.
Centers for Working Families (CWF) are friendly neighborhood centers where hardworking, low-income families can access a full range of services to help lift them out of poverty and achieve long-term financial stability.
Built on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, CWF provides people with the tools they need to increase their income (“EARN IT”), reduce expenses (“KEEP IT”), and build wealth (“GROW IT”) for their families. The CWF network in Indianapolis is composed of twelve neighborhood based centers that transition families from living paycheck to paycheck to investing in their future.
CWF provides services across three areas: employment and career advancement, financial literacy and coaching, and access to income supports. By bundling such programs, the centers can provide a coaching approach at a one-stop convenient location for families in search of help.
John H. Boner Community Center, Flanner House of Indianapolis, Hawthorne Community Center, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Edna Martin Christian Center, Southeast Community Services, Indianapolis Urban League, Shepherd Community Center, Community Alliance of the Far Eastside Inc. (CAFÉ), PACE, Inc., Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College.
Indy Free Tax Prep is a network of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that offer free tax preparation to individuals and families with a combined household income of $66,000 or less.
In partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Indy Free Tax Prep helps ensure that eligible residents receive appropriate tax credits and deductions, ultimately reducing the number of financially unstable households in Central Indiana.
If you’re looking for services, dial 2-1-1 to find a nearby VITA location and schedule an appointment.
If you have questions, email us at email@example.com.
Volunteers are an essential part of the VITA initiative. The number of trained and dedicated volunteers directly affects the number of residents who can be served. Build your resume by gaining a valuable and marketable skill, expand your knowledge of federal tax return procedures and serve local citizens and help stimulate the local economy.
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Utilizing the Centers for Working Families model at Edna Martin, Mama Ray worked with a financial coach and was awarded a Breaking Barriers Grant, powered by Taft, to make her dream of selling her own hand-crafted spices a reality.Watch video