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NSC Responds to Obama Address in Press, Now It’s Your Turn

January 25, 2012 in Financial Fitness, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized

Last night, President Obama laid out his vision for “an economy that’s built to last.” National Skills Coalition applauds the President for making “Skills for American Workers” a central tenet of that vision and committing to train 2 million workers through a streamlined workforce system built on partnerships with businesses that are ready to hire. Read Andy Van Kleunen’s press statement responding to the President’s speech and calling for policies and investments that can make the President’s vision a reality. And read Van Kleunen’s comments in the Huffington Post’s coverage of the speech.

We hope that you will take a moment today to send a response to your local press in the form of an op-ed. The President’s plans to implement his vision for a skilled workforce will be detailed in his budget proposal, to be released on February 13. Then Congress will follow with its proposals. Now is a critical moment for the workforce development field to reinforce the President’s message, express hopes for how that vision will be implemented through the President’s budget, and call on Congress to invest in and improve—not cut—federal workforce funding.

Click here for tips on writing and submitting op-eds to your local paper. Click here for useful facts to include in your op-ed.

They’ve Earned It. Help Them Keep It, by Claiming It!

December 6, 2011 in Financial Fitness, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

Tax credits can mean significant money in the pockets of hard-working, low-income families.

The start of a new year brings the beginning of tax season. Greater Twin Cities United Way, on behalf of the Claim It! state-wide partnership, has produced free marketing materials to support outreach to limited-income individuals and families.  For more information or ways to help, view the Claim It Toolkits.

Free Claim It! Materials
11″ x 17″ Claim It! poster (English) | 11″ x 17″ Claim It! poster (Spanish)
11′ x 17″ Claim It! poster (Somali)
| 11″ x 17″ Claim It! poster (Hmong)

8.5″ x 11″ Claim It! flyer (English) | 8.5″ x 11″ Claim It! flyer (Spanish)
8.5″ x 11″ Claim It! flyer (Somali)
| 8.5″ x 11″ Claim It! flyer (Hmong)

8.5″ x 11″ Claim It! multi-language flyer
Editable 11″ x 17″ Claim It! poster (can be customized with local information)
Editable 8.5″ x 11″ Claim It! poster (can be customized with local information)
Editable 8.5″ x 5.5″ Claim It! flyer (can be customized with local information)

Additional Resources
EITC Toolkit for Businesses
EITC Toolkit for Non-profit and Government
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Tax Credit Primer Training

December 1, 2011 in Events, Financial Fitness, Jobs & Training

These trainings are designed for social service agency staff working with low to moderate-income people to encourage tax filing for obtaining tax refund money due to them. The training will cover federal and state tax credits, free tax preparation sites and tax education and promotion resources available at no charge. It will not train people to prepare tax returns.

For more information, download the Save the Date Flyer and share with direct-service staff.

Please visit Help Minnesota Save to access the recorded webinar and download materials from the event.

Forum Focuses on Combating Financial Insecurity in the Twin Cities

October 13, 2011 in Financial Fitness, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

New Data Reveals that Communities of Color are
Disproportionately Affected by the Downturn

A forum exploring strategies for increasing financial security and opportunity in the Twin Cities and statewide. Speakers will include Mayor Chris Coleman, State Rep. Morrie Lanning, St. Paul City Council Member Melvin Carter, Minneapolis City Council Member John Quincy, Commerce Commissioner Michael Rothman, and other state officials and national experts.

When: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Northwest Area Foundation
60 Plato Blvd East, Suite 400
St. Paul, MN (click here for directions)

See press release

Asset Reports:
Assets & Opportunity Profile: Minneapolis
Assets & Opportunity Profile: Saint Paul
Assets and Opportunities in the Twin Cities and Across Minnesota Presentation