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Every penny counts in today’s economy, yet many Tampa Bay working people are overlooking an important tax credit that could put up to $5,600 or more in their pockets. The Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, can be the needed financial boost for working people hit by hard economic times in Hillsborough County. Thousands of families will qualify for an additional benefit: free income tax preparation by volunteer tax preparers.

United Way of Tampa Bay, the lead agency in a partnership of several regional organizations, is directing the efforts of the Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough County.  Through the Prosperity Campaign, qualified individuals will have access to free tax preparation and assistance in applying for additional tax credits.
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Tampa Bay residents:  Channel 8, working with United Way of Tampa Bay, has activated 8 ON YOUR SIDE’s phone bank so you can call in this evening and get information on how you can help.  Tune in to WFLA Channel 8 to help.

Thanks, Channel 8 and Florida Communications Group for this community service.

How People Can Help:

(A)    Individuals can make monetary donations online at  These contributions will go directly into the United Way Worldwide Disaster Relief Fund.  You can conveniently use a credit or debit card to make this donation.  Or you may wish to send a check to:

United Way Worldwide
Haiti Disaster Relief
PO Box 630568
Baltimore, Maryland 21263-0568

Make your check payable to United Way Worldwide/Haiti Relief Fund

Individuals may also text a $5 donation by texting HAITI to UNITED (864833).

(B)    Corporate partners and other workplace organizations in the Tampa Bay area are encouraged to contact Afira DeVries at 813-846-8099 or by email at for business donations of any type.

(C)    Individual in-kind donations of materials (clothing, blankets, medicines, etc.) are being managed by United Way’s partnership with AidMatrix.  The web address is ; follow the online procedure to identify your donation.  Please note: Most in-kind donations will not be collected locally and/or be transported to Haiti until rescue and recovery operations are complete.  This may take several days or more while military and rescue efforts are underway.

(D)    Individuals who have an interest in volunteering to assist in local relief efforts are encouraged to contact the following sites:

Red Cross Web Site:
Salvation Army:
Catholic Charities:

Late breaking information will be made available on this blog or you may wish to follow us on Twitter @UWTB.

Those seeking information on friends, relatives and employees in Haiti when the earthquake hit may find assistance from the US State Department by calling toll-free 1-888-407-4747.

Please make a contribution to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund by clicking here.


Donate to recovery efforts in Haiti

Click Here to Donate Now.

On the evening of January 12, 2010, a major 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. It is the most powerful quake to hit the impoverished country in more than 200 years. The tremor struck 15km (10 miles) south-west of the capital Port-au-Prince, and was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude. Reports describe the destruction to affect as much as 70 percent of the buildings, with debris filling the roads making emergency response difficult. The Prime Minister reported on January 13 that hundreds of thousands of lives may have been lost.

You can help people affected by donating to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.

Gifts to the Fund support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives and infrastructure devastated by disaster and to address educational, financial and health-related challenges.
United Way Worldwide members in the Caribbean region have mobilized their staff, volunteer leaders and resources in response.

More on our Disaster Relief Effort in the days ahead.  Follow this blog for late breaking information on how you can help.

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