February 2024 Newsletter

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) in full swing!

Federal Hill House is once again leading the Providence Volunteer Income Tax Assistance / Earned Income Tax Credit (VITA/EITC) Coalition, a citywide partnership of eight community organizations providing free tax preparation services for individuals and families making generally less than $64,000 per year, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and limited-English speakers. VITA ensures accurate and maximized tax returns that are e-filed for faster refunds. Our amazing partners include Amos House, Capital City Community Center, Center for Southeast Asians, Genesis Center, Mt. Hope Community Center, Open Doors, and Providence SDA Church.

Over the past five years, the Providence VITA/EITC Coalition successfully submitted 16,470 federal tax returns, bringing $25,643,825 back to the community!

FHH offers appointments on Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 – 7 p.m.; Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Service cannot be guaranteed without an appointment but limited walk-ins MAY be served. To view the hours of other sites within the coalition, click here, or call 2-1-1 to find the VITA site nearest you. VITA operates during tax season, and will be available until April 15.

FHH’s Food Pantries – offering more than “just” food

Federal Hill House’s two food pantries continue to meet incredible demand – in 2023 we served 6,021 unduplicated households through 36,798 visits. Let that sink in for a moment — that’s an average of more than 700 visits per week between our two locations.

Yet our incredible food pantry team wants to do more. Three out of four food pantry staff have completed Community Health Worker (CHW) training, and our Olneyville Food Center Coordinator, Jackie Reyes (above) is now a certified CHW. CHW’s are frontline health professionals who are trusted members of the community they serve. They have experience and training to connect our neighbors to a wide variety of services, both with Federal Hill House and in the surrounding community.

Jen Hill and Merare Gonzalez, our Swiss Street Food Pantry staff, are well on their way to becoming certified CHWs themselves. We are incredibly proud and grateful to have them all as a part of our incredible team!

Click here to support our food pantries!

It’s Almost Tax Season!

2023 was an impactful year for Federal Hill House, and we can’t wait to share our accomplishments with friends and supporters like you. Stay tuned to learn how we continue to emphasize something that we feel makes Federal Hill House truly unique – the intergenerational link between programs and participants like ours.

In our upcoming impact report you’ll meet a hard-working mom with children in both Early Learning & School Age programs, who also volunteers her time and energy to serve the adults in our community. You’ll meet a teacher assistant who started in our Work Experience Program for youth and young adults and now has a child of her own enrolled. And you’ll meet volunteers from the Foster Grandparents and RSVP programs, without whom our ELC and food pantries would not be complete.

Together the youngest and oldest members of our community connect at FHH in a way that improves quality of life for all and truly highlights what it means for our neighbors to thrive, at every stage of life.

Click here to support our efforts!

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