Month: January 2017


LatinoJustice is Recruiting a Legal Fellow for Long Island


One of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, LatinoJustice, is recruiting for a Legal Fellow on Long Island!

They are currently seeking an energetic, motivated self-starter lawyer committed to social justice and workers’ rights for this unique Long Island-centric legal fellowship position with their Latin@s at Work (LAW) Workplace Justice Project.

To view this job description as a PDF, please click here.

 

To apply, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:
Silvia Orna
Director of Human Resources and Operations
sorna@latinojustice.org
Email subject: Legal Fellow – LI


Join HWCLI & CBPP for an #EITCAwarenessDay Tweet Chat


The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) is partnering up with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) to bring awareness to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and the Earned Income Tax Credit(EITC) on #EITCAwarenessDay.

EITC is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs out there. According to the CBPP, “The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low- and moderate-income workers has been shown to increase work, reduce poverty, lower welfare receipt, and improve children’s educational attachment.”

VITA sites provide free tax preparation services to families earning less than $54,000, helping them to avoid unnecessary fees and gimmicks.

Last year, 7.1 million New Yorkers received 4.1 billion dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits. That’s an average refund of $2,366 per household. Long Island VITA sites assisted almost 14,000 people in tax preparation and helped 2,500 people receive their EITC and CTC (Child Tax Credit).

A family’s tax refund offers a chance to put some money into savings, to pay off a late bill, or to finally get those repairs done. It puts money that was earned back into their pockets.

VITA and EITC can give families the boost they need during tax season. Help us raise awareness by participating in our Tweet Chat this Friday!

Use the #EITCAwarenessDay to participate.


Free Tax Preparation!


Free Tax Preparation with HWCLI’s Virtual VITA Program!

If you made less than $54,000 in 2016, you may be eligible for free tax preparation assistance through the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island’s Virtual VITA program. The Virtual VITA program utilizes technology to connect the tax payer and tax preparer. Instead of waiting at the intake site for an available tax preparer, the tax preparer is at an off-site location. The intake process takes less than 20 minutes and tax returns are completed in a few days, ensuring clients get access to all tax credits and refunds they may be eligible for.

It’s fast, easy and free!

For more information or for times and locations call 516-505-4424, or comment below.

 


A Message from HWCLI’s Board Chair, Bob Detor


It is with mixed feelings that I write to announce Gwen O’Shea’s departure from the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island.

Fifteen years ago this month, Gwen O’Shea joined the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. Ten years ago this year, she was selected as its President/CEO.  During her tenure, she expanded and diversified the organization’s revenue infrastructure.  She reshaped the organization’s governance structure, by-laws, and mission to achieve greater efficiency, transparency, and enhanced active community partnerships.

Gwen oversaw the establishment of the Unmet Needs Roundtable after the Economic Downturn in 2007/2008, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  This effort brought more than $10 million in financial support to Long Island individuals and families struggling with their disaster recovery.

During these responses and other initiatives, her work with community partners and government officials at the local, State and Federal level, ensured the voices and concerns of those most at-risk were heard.

I think anyone who has worked with Gwen has found her to be dedicated to the mission, professional and a tenacious advocate for Long Island’s most vulnerable and at-risk.

Gwen’s leadership has been a great benefit to this organization and, undeniably, she will be deeply missed here.

Gwen’s last day with the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island will be on Friday, March 24th.

We will begin the search for her replacement over the next few weeks. Please click here for a copy of the position profile.

On behalf of HWCLI’s Board of Directors, please join me in thanking Gwen for her caring service and wishing her all the best as she assumes her new position as President/CEO of CDCLI, a long-standing partner of HWCLI and a critical part of the Long Island community.