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: , , |

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: , , |

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]

Celebrating a Year of Innovation and Collaboration

By Steve Dixon, President of P.B. Hoidale Co., Inc. and 2021 Board Chair for United Way of the Plains, Special to The Wichita Eagle

As we prepare for the promise a new year brings, it’s important to reflect on the many ways our community worked together during the last 12 months to provide opportunities for . . . [Read More]

2020 Tax Refund Delays

Every year Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers prepare tax returns free of charge for individuals/families in our region making less than $58,000. VITA volunteers are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide these services. United Way of the Plains manages this initiative.

In recent months, our United Way 211 Information and Referral service has . . . [Read More]

July 22, 2021|Tags: , |

More Than $6 Million Returned to the Local Economy in 2021 through Free Tax Return Assistance

The following OpEd appeared in the Wichita Eagle on Thursday, April 15, 2021. 

Refund. That’s the thrilling word everyone wants to hear at tax time. For many low-income and moderate-income families and individuals, an income tax refund helps make another mortgage payment, or it means they can finish one more semester of college. Car repair bills will be paid, and prescriptions . . . [Read More]

April 15, 2021|Tags: , |


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