Monthly Archives: October 2012

From Call for Personal Testimony

(via: National Employment Law Project)

Are you currently unemployed? Have you been unemployed in the last few years and now back at work? Are you engaged in a long, tough job search?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, your stories are needed right now. We are compiling these stories for a campaign we’re ramping up to do two things:

1. Renew the current federal unemployment insurance extensions for 2013, and

2. Expand and strengthen reemployment services for unemployed workers, including those who may have exhausted unemployment benefits as well as current recipients.

Right now, more than 2 million unemployed Americans are facing an abrupt and total cut-off of federal unemployment insurance between Christmas and New Year’s if Congress fails to renew the current Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits program before it expires December 31st. Another 2.8 million currently receiving regular state unemployment benefits will not have access, if needed, to those federal EUC extensions in 2013 — unless Congress acts.

This is a looming disaster we just cannot let happen.  Here’s how you can help right now.

For full information including acceptable story submissions and additional information on, please go here.

From the National Women’s Law Center: Tax Credits

Register Now: Attend two free online trainings to get the tools you need to spread the word about tax credits in your community.

Rent, groceries, medical bills, car payments… and the list goes on. Life is expensive, but believe it or not, tax season can actually help! That’s because thousands of dollars are available as tax credits to many eligible families.

Unfortunately, millions of dollars of these federal and state tax credits go unclaimed each year. So if you work or volunteer in an organization that serves low- or moderate- income families, join us to find out just how you can help them learn about these opportunities.

Part I – Tax Credits: What Families Need to Know
Tuesday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register Here

This webinar will cover:

• Basic information about valuable federal and state tax credits for families, including:
– The federal EITC, which is worth up to $5,751 for low- and moderate-income families with children
– The federal Child Tax Credit, which is worth up to $1,000 per child
– The federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, which is worth up to $2,100 for families with child care expenses
– Similar state credits
• A few key tips for sharing information about tax credits with families

Part II – Tax Credits Outreach Made Easy: Tips & Tools for Advocates
Tuesday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Register Here

This webinar will unveil NWLC’s brand-new, updated, easy-to-use Tax Credits Outreach Toolkit and will provide you with:

• Free outreach materials
• Information to help you connect with local coalitions
• Ways to find free tax preparation services in your community
• Some simple but successful techniques for spreading the word about tax credits

Register today! These webinars are free, but participants must register separately for each in advance. A recording of each webinar will be emailed to all registrants within a few days of its conclusion.

In addition to the webinars, you can also sign up to be one of our community partners. Community partners receive customized resources that make it easy to spread the word about tax credits to eligible families in your community, as well as technical assistance on issues relating to tax credits outreach activities.

We hope you can join us!

Source: National Women’s Law Center