Time to start thinking small savings every day

How to turn $10 into $3,600

By Michelle Presnell, United Way Community Impact Manager for Financial Stability

Looking back on 2022, we all set goals for the new year, and some of us have experienced at least one epic fail in the last 365 days. This year, we have an idea: Set a smaller, achievable goal that packs a big punch.

Becoming financially . . . [Read More]

January 4, 2023|Tags: |

Get to Know…Sarah Crick Milligan, VITA Program Manager

Describe your role at United Way.

The VITA Program, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, provides tax preparation free of charge to our low-and moderate-income friends and neighbors—those who have an annual household income of $60,000 per year or less. This basically means that my job is to make sure that our site coordinators and certified tax preparers have what . . . [Read More]

October 19, 2022|Tags: , , |

Qualify for student loan forgiveness?

Here are some responsible ways to put your newfound savings to good use.

Are you one of the thousands that will benefit from your student loans being forgiven? If so, make the smartest move with your savings.

Michelle Presnell, United Way Community Impact Manager for Financial Stability, shares her top five ideas on ways to reallocate your new savings to make yourself . . . [Read More]

October 11, 2022|Tags: |

Welcome to the team: Sarah Crick Milligan, VITA Program Manager

Sarah Crick Milligan has joined United Way of the Plains as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Manager. The VITA initiative is managed by United Way of the Plains and assists families and individuals making $60,000 or less per year with filing tax returns. Ensuring that individuals receive the tax credits they’ve earned helps them maintain their financial . . . [Read More]

September 8, 2022|Tags: , , |

United Way News You Can Use: August 2022

Announcing $100,000 for innovative solutions to community issues

Nonprofits, think you have the next bright idea to advance the common good? United Way of the Plains is hosting Impact on the Plains, a “Shark Tank”-style competition in pursuit of bold solutions to complex community issues. Up to $25,000 will be awarded to entrepreneurial nonprofit programs that transform . . . [Read More]

Impact Created by Your United Way: Second Quarter 2022

We are the problem-solvers, hand-raisers, game-changers. Here’s a summary of the impact your United Way created this quarter because of your support.


Facilitated 269 free skin cancer screenings at May 7 event led by area dermatologists and sponsored . . . [Read More]


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