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FREE Tax Preparation - Find Nearest Location!

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 3:22pm

FREE Tax Preparation through April 15 - Find a location near you! 

IRS certified and trained volunteers work to maximize eligible credits and overall refunds, see if you qualify for EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) the ONLY tax break for working families.  If you have not claimed it before, you can claim it retroactively up to 3 years.

For the past 12 years, Hispanic Unity along with its partners, have run the largest FREE Tax Preparation program of its kind  in the Southeast region of the U.S. - according to the IRS!  Find out about the program, our partners and funders.

Let one of our highly trained volunteers prepare your taxes for FREE. Each return is reviewed by a Quality Reviewer, the On-Site VITA Coordinator and the IRS prior to being submitted.

In 2013 we assisted 4,701 families and generated $5.2 million in tax refunds for them.

Getting Your Tax Return Completed – What You Need:

There are 18 sites including the Mobile Resource Center (a traveling 34 ft. RV, where tax payers can come aboard and have their taxes prepared). In order to have a quality experience and have your taxes completed at time of visit, it is important to bring the necessary documentation.

Documents to bring to your Tax Preparation Appointmwent

  • Original Social Security Cards for you and any dependents
  • A government issued Photo ID
  • Tax information such as W-2 and/ or 1099, 1098-Mortgage, 1098-T or any tax documentation related to your specific income or expense.
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
  • Remember to bring  day care expenses with the provider’s EIN and amount paid (If applicable)
  • If you are self-employed, list detailing income & expenses with the support documentation
  • 2013 Tax return (optional)
  • Blank check from your bank account (for the purpose of direct deposit of your refund)
  • If you were a victim of identity theft in previous years, please be sure you have your PIN number with you; otherwise we cannot complete your return.
  • Any other relevant information about income and expenses

For more information on sites and locations throughout Broward County call First Call for Help at 2-1-1 or go to the Hispanic Unity website and the VITA Calendar. 

This program would not be possible without the support and leadership of our funders: Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Internal Revenue Service, and United Way of Broward County.

Thank you to our other program sponsors: Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank.

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Become a VITA Volunteer and learn how to prepare taxes for the community. We have more than 200 volunteers trained every year.  (See link below)

Other Important LINKS

www.handsonbroward.org - Become a VITA Volunteer. This link allows you to register to become a volunteer, provides information on orientations and training classes.

www.facebook/BrowardVITACollaborative - Provides information on activities around the VITA program and other tips before and during tax season.

www.irs.gov – Excellent resource for questions regarding taxes and status of refunds during tax season.

 

Super Saturday, Hallandale Beach

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:50pm

Join Hispanic Unity and numerous other community-based organizations in Hallandale on Saturday, February 8 from 9am-1pm at the Koinonia Worship Center, 4900 W. Hallandale Beach, Blvd, Pembroke Park, Fl 33023.

 Have your taxes prepared for free, get "banked",  find out about child care opportunities and so much more.

Download the flyer here.

 

      

Hispanic American Financial Study, Prudential

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 12:21pm

Prudential's 2013-2014 The Hispanic American Financial Experience study  captures the financial priorities for Hispanics nationally. It describes the role our attitudes and values play on our financial decisions  - what decisions we make (or don't make) and why. The study also sheds light on how education and where we were born affect the way we plan our financial future.  Download the study here.   

Find out how HUF's Center for Working Families has been addressing how families get money, keep it and grow it. Our team which includes Career Coaches and Financial Coaches teach our clients about the U.S. financial system, how it works, how to grow assets and the benefits of adopting it - for themselves -  and their families. Thank you to our partners who fund our work in the Center for Working Families including: The Jim Moran Foundation, United Way of Broward County, Children's Services Council of Broward and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

 

      

Florida sets different achievement goals for kids based on race & ethnicity!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 5:44am

 

The Florida State Board of Education unanimously adopted a Strategic Plan that sets widely differing goals for students based on nothing more than race and national origin.

        

Florida’s public schools serve over 2.7 million students – more than half of whom are African American and Hispanic.  In Southeast Florida, 70% of youth attending public schools are kids of color.

The folks at the Southern Poverty Law Center said it best: “All students should be held to high standards. To do otherwise, sends the devastating message to children, parents, teachers, and the community that black, Hispanic, and Native American students are simply not as capable as their white and Asian-American peers.”

Join the Southern Poverty Law Center at a community forum to further discuss the negative impact of the Florida School Board plan to lower achievement expectations for students of color. 

When:  January 9, 2014, at 6:30pm

Where:  The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL  33142

 

Mom with Lung Cancer Receives Tires to take Daughter to School

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 9:47am

Mayra Gonzalez’s cancer is stage 4, but she has no intention of giving up. This story is about a courageous single mother fighting for her life. She also is fighting to live for her daughter Julissa who is part of Hispanic Unity's Unity 4Teens Program

Miami Herald Story - 2013 WishBook  BY BRITTNY C. VALDES BVALDES@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Having just learned in class about the symptoms of lung cancer, Julissa Gonzalez rushed home from school in a panic.

The symptoms described exactly how her mother had been feeling recently.

“They started with smoking, then they started talking about the lung cancer, and I just got the sensation in my body,” said Julissa, 12, who had been hearing her mother complain for weeks about pains in her back. “When I came home, I came running to mom telling her to go to the hospital.”

That June night, Julissa and her mother, Mayra Gonzalez, 56, drove to Memorial Regional Hospital, where doctors found a mass the size of a golf ball in Gonzalez’s right lung.

It was stage 4, and it had already metastasized to her ribs and lymph nodes.

“When we came home, we laid in the bed and cried,” said Gonzalez, a single mother who lost her.  Read More. 

Thank you to the WishBook Angels Mayra has four new tires and Julissa a new laptop. Thank YOU! 

HOW TO HELP 

The Miami Herald's Wish Book is trying to help hundreds of families in need this year.

To donate, pay securely at MiamiHerald.com/wishbook.

To give via your mobile phone, text WISH to 41444.

For information, call 305-376-2906 or email wishbook@MiamiHerald.com.

Most requested items: Laptops for school, furniture, bicycles, accessible vans.

Read more at MiamiHerald.com/wishbook.

 

Happy Holidays from the HUF Family!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 4:52pm

 

Hispanic Unity's Board of Directors and staff thank our volunteers, funders, donors and community partners for all their support in 2013. 

We invite you to see the work of HUF firsthand by attending one of our bi-monthly Empowerment Tours in 2014. 

P.S. View all our photographs from our Unity 4Kids Holiday Party. Special thanks to: Elizabeth Sanjuan, Ann & Haley McQueen, Maria Sanjuan, Frank & Barbara Morrison, Sandra Mackesy-Rey, Jose & Winiela Zambrano, the Zambrano Foundation, Margaret Delmont and HUF Staffers Carmen Garcia and Carolina Sanchez for their generosity. All these individuals donated toys for the children or supplies for the Unity 4Kids classroom. Thank you! 

              

 

Unity 4Teens Teacher Wins $25,000 National Award

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 3:53am

 

Luis Espinosa - teacher at Apollo Middle School in Hollywood FL and Hispanic Unity’s Unity 4Teens Site Facilitator received what is known as the “Oscars of Teaching”- the prestigious MELKIN AWARD. This award is given to a select group of educators for their exemplary work in the classroom. The award comes with a $25,000 prize which Luis plans to use to complete his masters degree. 

Congratulations Luis for the phenomenal job you’ve done for more than five years as HUF’s Unity 4Teens Apollo Middle School Site Facilitator. We are honored to have you part of the team and together, changing the lives of youth. 

Watch Luis' surprise at winning this national honor. 

Luis, along with Sara Pierce, led the STEM in the Garden program at Apollo Middle.

Read more about HUF's Unity 4Teens Program and the impact it s making on our youth. Learn about the funder who makes this work possible - the Children's Services Council of Broward County

{Thank you to the Sun-Sentinel for allowing us to use their photograph of Luis Espinosa.}

FREE Immigration & Citizenship Clinic

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 3:04pm

 

December 7, FREE Immigration & Citizenship Clinic. Attorneys from Legal Aid Service of Broward, Catholic Charities Legal Services and private attorneys will provide attendees with a 30-minute FREE - Private & Confidential Consultation. Attorneys are licensed, insured and multi-lingual and are donating their time.

The event is on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from           10 am-1pm at Hispanic Unity, 5840 Johnson St., Hollywood, Fl. 33021,

Services available in: English | Spanish | Haitian-Creole

 

 

 

Graduation rates for kids of color lag behind their white counterparts

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 12:08pm

Graduation rates for kids of color lag behind their white counterparts.78.4% of Hispanic students and 68.2% of Black students graduated vs. 83.6% of their White colleagues.* Find out more about how the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and HUF’s Unity 4Teens program are changing the curve of the statistics in our community.  Read More.

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:
MEMORIES of FLORIDA

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Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.