United Way, BB&T, and Everfi offer free financial assistance to high school students

  • Friday, March 28, 2014

Local BB&T representative Denise Brown speaking with Andrews High School seniors on the bus.

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To kick off the tax season in February 2014, the Georgetown County United Way collaborated with BB&T and Everfi on a joint venture to offer local high school students free tax preparation assistance and financial literacy courses.

BB&T brought its Mobile Financial Center from Charlotte to each of the county’s four high schools to help working students conveniently claim their earned refund this season, allowing local United Way VITA Volunteers to prepare returns. The VITA program uses IRS-trained volunteers to provide free tax preparation of both federal and state tax returns to moderate-low income individuals and families. Nine volunteers prepared a total of 38 returns during the event bringing back, on average, roughly $400 to each participating student.

“BB&T is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve,” said John Stokes, lead BB&T Community Development coordinator for the event. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with VITA agencies to utilize our Bank Bus to save individuals money and provide financial education.”

In an effort to help all their seniors move towards greater financial independence, Andrews and Waccamaw High School accepted an additional offer from Everfi to provide financial literacy courses to their students as part of a general focus on financial proficiency and success. EverFi is the leading education technology company in the field of financial literacy, combining cutting-edge personalized technology and a dedicated implementation team to allow each teacher to feel as though they have a blended learning assistant in their classroom.

“I am very appreciative of our partnering businesses, high schools, and their staff for their enthusiasm in making this effort a success,” said VITA representative Jon Hoffmann from the United Way. “Financial literacy and education are both core focuses of the United Way. I hope this event continues to grow and benefit the community from here onwards.”

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