Free tax preparation services for individuals with disabilities

Forward Alliance is offering free professional tax preparation for people with disabilities this week. These professionals understand disability tax considerations and are available at the following locations and times:

Campfire USA
2566 St. Mary’s Ave – East Door
Omaha
Monday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
English & Spanish

Family Housing Advisory Services
3605 Q Street
Omaha
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
English & Spanish

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Program
2406 Fowler Avenue
Omaha
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
English only

Forward Alliance offers events to helpe people with disabilities increase their financial stability through claiming tax credits, maintaining essential income supports through public benefits and connecting to savings programs with prescription drugs and other opportunities.

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The impact of proposed job training cuts

The Yakima Herald in Washington took a look at what will happen in their area if Congress goes ahead with the proposed funding cuts in HR1:

But local job training programs run by nonprofits like Goodwill would lose millions of dollars and possibly close for good if a Republican-backed proposal to cut $60 billion in federal spending passes Congress.

Among the cuts, approved in February by the U.S. House of Representatives, would be programs under the Workforce Investment Act, a nearly $3 billion annual effort to train dislocated workers, low-income senior citizens, at-risk youth and ex-convicts.

One such program is the local branch of the Workforce Development Council, which stands to lose $4 million, or roughly 60 percent of its budget, executive director Patrick Baldoz said.

Baldoz said the group has between 800 and 1,000 people enrolled in its job training programs across Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitat and Skamania counties annually. Between 60 and 70 contracted employees would also lose their jobs with the council.

Baldoz said the majority of those serving on its board of directors represent private industry, which means the training programs are in tune with the needs of the local economy and businesses.

“This was money that truly went down to the local level,” Baldoz said.

Read the full story at Yakima-Herald.com.

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Goodwill Community Job Fair on March 23!

Goodwill Industries will host a job fair open to the community from 10 AM – 2 PM on Wednesday, March 23 our Benson Park Plaza Headquarters and Employment Training Facility.

Employers attending include West Corporation, First Data, Mutual of Omaha, Coca-Cola, Ameristar, The Home Depot, Goodwill, Omahajobs.com, Hayneedle, Marriott Reservation Center, Quik Trip, Oriental Trading Company, Union Pacific, Region 6, Convergys, Metropolitan Community College, Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home, Omaha Police Department, and Alegent. More employers are confirming attendance every day!

Come professionally dressed, bring your resume, and be ready to impress employers! Goodwill is located at 4805 N. 72nd St, Omaha, NE 68134. For more information, call 402-522-7231.

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Sign the “Save YouthBuild” petition!

Two YouthBuild graduates heard about the House of Representatives’ plan to eliminate the program and started a petition to save it.

In just a week, the petition gathered more than 3000 signers asking Congress to oppose the elimination of Department of Labor funding for the program that had changed their lives.

YouthBuild alumni are planning on delivering the petition results to legislators in Washington. So if you support the YouthBuild program, please sign the petition and help spread the word about it. It takes less than two minutes to read the petition and fill in your information.

Visit change.org to view the petition.

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Community Cupboard food pantry open this Saturday

The Community Cupboard Food Pantry will be open this Saturday, March 5 at Westgate Elementary School (7802 Hascall) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

It’s a “farmer’s market” style pantry — usually stocked with meat, cereal, soup, frozen meals, dairy, bakery items and fruit — and shoppers can choose whichever food items they want. There are no income or age restrictions — everyone is welcome!

The pantry is sponsored by Countryside Community Church. You can keep up to date on all Community Cupboard info on their facebook page.

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