Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Prosperity Campaign Celebrates Successful Tax Season

From January to April of this year, just four short months, the Prosperity Campaign served 6,180 people and had a total refund amount of over 5 million dollars, which comes out to an average of over 1,600 dollars per person.  On May 10th 2011, Catalyst Miami hosted the End of the Tax Season Celebration Luncheon to honor all the volunteers, staff and organizations that made it happen.  Daniella Levine, the President and CEO of Catalyst Miami, also announced the exciting news that the Prosperity Campaign had just received a waiver from the Federal Government to officially administer food stamps.  Representative Jose Felix Diaz gave an inspiring and humorous speech about his journey to becoming a representative and the importance of the work of the Prosperity Centers.  

Prosperity Campaign Director Frances Penha, who also spoke, called the event “spectacular” and said, “It was nice to see all the organizations come together for one cause and bring attention to the community.” Other speakers included State Representative Jose Felix Diaz, Diana Arteaga (representing Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater), and IRS Territory Manager Ron Albert. The Prosperity Campaign collaborates with the IRS, Federal Reserve, Department of Children and Families, Miami Dade College, and local businesses to assist low-income individuals and families with financial services like taxes, food stamps, and children’s healthcare. 

Take a look at our 2011 Tax Season Report Card to see the number of people served by the Prosperity Campaign. 

Click here for a list of VITA sites that will remain open until October 2011 for free tax assistance.

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