Promoting financial stability and independence among working families

Many people in our community are walking a financial tightrope, and United Way helps broaden that tightrope into a path, making it less likely that people will fall. The work United Way of Seneca County does to increase financial stability has benefits that ripple throughout and have an effect on our entire community. Our work includes the following:

Financial Literacy

United Way funded partner agencies provide job-seeking skills, provide learning opportunities and increase financial access. In 2010, in collaboration with The Department of Human Services and our funded partner agency Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency we launched a special program to supplement the existing VITA program specifically focused on educating clients about financial products including developing a budget, banking, savings and home ownership.

Tax Assistance

We are promoting financial stability and independence by partnering with Seneca County Workforce Development through the Earned Income Tax Credit and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE tax preparation from January –April to low-to-moderate income families throughout Seneca County. The program is sponsored by Seneca County’s Division of Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Bank of America and United Way of Seneca County. Learn more.


We are currently seeking volunteers to serve during the tax season February-April in the following roles. Training begins in November. Learn more.

  • IRS Certified VITA Volunteer Preparers provide FREE tax preparation to low-to moderate income taxpayers. Volunteers prepare tax returns using electronic filing software and only to the level of your training.
  • Asset Specialists inform and educate clients about financial products and resources available to them in the community. Volunteers educate clients about opening a savings account.


In cooperation with the Seneca County Partners for Children, Youth and Families, the Seneca County Housing Coalition was convened in July 2004 by United Way of Seneca County in response to a sudden, dramatic increase in requests for emergency housing assistance. The Housing Coalition works in collaboration with organizations, county government, human service organizations, and Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES. Learn more.

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