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What a week we have in store for us!

Our office is humming with activity this week. Megan Liddle and Martha Trujillo have several free tax preparation appointments to help residents earning less than $49,000 per year receive the Earned Income Tax Credit if they qualify. Leah Hill has at least five meetings with parents to renew their United Way Child Care Scholarships. Our new Children’s Health Insurance Program outreach worker, Jennifer Zadory, started work today. We’ll have a full blog post on that program soon. Miriam Rushfinn is working on creating public awareness of local kindergarten sign-up dates and finishing up a grant application for Smart Beginnings.

Several staff members are attending the Chamber of Commerce’s re-scheduled Quadruplicity conference this Thursday; Cathy Train is a presenter for one of the workshops. Plus, our board meeting is at the end of the day on Thursday. Deadlines for nominations for the United Way Awards of Excellence and the Student Service Awards are also this week.

To top it all off, Car Wars, Charlottesville’s largest auto event ever, is being held at the John Paul Jones Arena, thanks to the coordination of UVA Community Credit Union and will feature the area’s four largest car dealers: Brown, Colonial. Jim Price and Battlefield. The event will benefit United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, with a small donation per car sold, which we anticipate and hope will add up to a significant sum to help us meet the growing needs of our community. Many of our staff will take turns helping at Car Wars this week, so look for us in our Live United t-shirts. If you are even thinking about buying a new or used car, the JPJ is the place to be this week. It truly will be one-stop-shopping, with the ability to test drive every car you are considering all in one place.

Find out more on our Facebook Event Page.

We’ll post photos and video from Car Wars later this week.

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