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 October is a busy month. Our workplace campaigns are under way. A Graduation Summit will bring together business leaders and educators, and our on-going collaboration with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to promote youth fitness plays out during Hometown Huddle Oct. 6. Our largest volunteer activity of the year, Day of Caring, is Oct. 15.  

I’m encouraged by the promising early results of our workplace campaigns and hope the good news continues for the sake of our community. Our campaign coordinators pull out all the stops to run creative company campaigns, from kickoff breakfasts to pumpkin-decorating contests to dunk the executive opportunities. One of my favorites is the agency tours Mosaic offers its employees so they can see exactly where their United Way dollars go.

 Please spread the word about the free tax preparation available in January for low- to moderate-income working families and individuals. Instead of spending their hard-earned dollars to get early rebates, we encourage them to wait a few weeks longer and get their taxes done free. Our goal is to help them keep more of what they earn so they can use it to move toward financial stability and ensure a brighter future for their children.

 Thank you for your belief in our mission to improve lives and create lasting community change in Tampa Bay. Thank you for living united.


 If you know anyone who earned less than $49,000 in 2009, they may be eligible for up to $5,600 in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – and they can get their taxes done free beginning in January. 

Many families have their taxes done using their year-end paycheck and sometimes pay more than they should, especially if they want a quick refund. By taking advantage of the free tax preparation, these working families and individuals can keep more of what they earn.

 Eligibility requirements for the 2009 EITC are:

  •  Families with three or more qualifying children who earn less than $43,279 (or less than $48,279 married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $5,657. 
  • Families with two qualifying children who earn less than $40,295 (or less than $45,295 married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $5,028. 
  • Families with one qualifying child who earn less than $35,463 (or less than $40,463 married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $3,043. 
  • Workers without a qualifying child who earn less than $13,440 (or less than $18,440 married filing jointly) are eligible for a credit of up to $457.

 Another credit sometimes overlooked is the Child Tax Credit, which is up to $1,000 per qualifying child. For tax year 2009, the minimum income threshold needed to qualify for the Additional Child Tax Credit has been reduced from $12,050 to $3,000, so more families will be eligible.

 The free tax preparation service is offered by partners of the Prosperity Campaigns of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, including United Way of Tampa Bay. All tax preparers are trained volunteers. Thirty-seven sites will be open in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties by the end of January 2010. Site locations will be posted at shortly. 

If you know anyone who would benefit, spread the word. Help low- and moderate-income working families and individuals keep more of what they earn.


It’s Showtime, Baby!

Follow the United Way ESPN 1040 Sports Auction starting today live on the ESPN airwaves and on eBay, all to benefit United Way of Tampa Bay. Click here to see the eBay auction items. Different and unique items will be on ESPN 1040, so be sure to listen to the live auction on radio, and visit eBay.

This is just a partial listing of the great memorabilia that goes online on eBay starting September 21.

You can bid and win any or all of the following:

Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer – 1971 Vintage Photo
B&W framed photo of Jack & Arnie from Laurel Valley Golf Club in 1971

Tiger Woods – Signed Flag Collage- US Open at Torrey Pines
Signed framed collage with flag from the 2008 US Open Championships; w/COA

Eli Manning – Signed Super Bowl Collage
Photo framed collage signed by Eli Manning with replica Super Bowl Ticket; w/COA

Urban Meyer – Signed Photo
Coach Meyer framed photo from the BCS Championship Victory; w/COA

Williams, Orr & Bird – Boston Greats Signed Shadowbox
Ted Williams, Bobby Orr & Larry Bird – Signed by the Boston sports greats with patch from their team; w/COA

Lebron James – Signed Shadowbox Collage
Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James – Signed framed photo collage with unique NBA card set; w/COA

Ted Williams & Babe Ruth – Photo Collage
Unique framed photo collage of Ted & the Babe with engraved signatures

Joe DiMaggio & Mickey Mantle – Vintage B&W 1951 Photo
Framed photo of DiMaggio & Mantle in 1951 which is Joe’s last year and Mickey’s first year as a Yankee

Magic Johnson & Michael Jordan – Photo Collage
Framed photo collage of the two NBA greats with engraved signatures

Dale Earnhardt Jr – Signed Two Photo Collage
Nice framed signed two photo collage of Dale Jr.; w/COA

Peyton Manning – Signed Photo
Signed framed photo of Super Bowl Champion & MVP


Share this will all of your sport fan friends. Help United Way by “sharing” this on your Facebook Wall and on Twitter, too! Spread the word and help others!  Remember, there will be more  and different items on Radio ESPN1040, broadcasting in Tampa Bay throughout the week. If you are in Tampa Bay, listen for even more items!

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