United Way of Story County (UWSC) is working with United Way Worldwide and the Corporation for National and Community Service to add a Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) member to its organization.

The VISTA income specialist will work with UWSC’s Women with Initiative (WwI) program coordinator to identify, assess, build and expand programs that provide free tax preparation for low-income workers, financial education and coaching, and job-skills training.

“Story County is a great place to live,” said Jean Kresse, president and CEO of UWSC, “but the reality is there are still a lot of individuals and families within our community that are struggling to meet their basic needs. We believe that by identifying what the needs are and how we can come together to meet the needs of our neighbors, we will create a stronger community for all of us.”

The new addition to UWSC, which the organization anticipates to start this summer, will be an integral part of this work by coordinating an effort to identify existing resources for, and the unmet needs of, the low-income community. The organization hopes to increase community awareness and seek effective solutions to needs that are not currently met through local programs and resources.

To find out more about UWSC’s impact in the community or the VISTA Income Specialist position, visit www.uwstory.org.

UWSC is a strategic leader in building countywide partnerships to identify needs and to develop, support and evaluate effective human services, especially in the areas of education, income and health, for our diverse community.