Month: March 2017

Save Your Refund!

Too many of us are caught unprepared for an unexpected financial emergency.  Life happens. It could be surprise car or home repairs, an injury or illness or last minute travel, but we have all encountered these unexpected costs. The only way we can bounce back from these situations is by having savings. Tax season is a great time to think about saving money.

With the high cost of living on Long Island, it can be very difficult to take a little bit of our regular income and put it into savings. That is why America Saves and Common Wealth started the SaveYourRefund initiative. This initiative encourages people to take a portion of their refund and have it deposited directly into a savings account using the tax Form 8888. This unique opportunity allows you to use part of your refund for current expenses and part to begin or continue to save for those unexpected times.

Through SaveYourRefund, all tax filers 18 and older who use Form 8888 to save a portion of their tax refund can enter for a chance to win one of 100 prizes of $100. They can also enter the photo contest for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000.

Take the first step today and take the America Saves pledge to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth over time. With $35,000 in prizes and 101 chances to win, you have nothing to lose!

See people just like you who won money just by saving some of their refund! 

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HWCLI Celebrates #ZeroDiscrimination Day

In the United States, in New York and on Long Island, we are seeing an increase in prejudice, hate, and discrimination.  Our neighbors and community members are being targeted and discriminated against based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.  It is inexcusable and must be stopped.

Three years ago, the United Nations dubbed March 1st as Zero Discrimination Day. This campaign, started by UNAIDS, is “the opportunity to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity—no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.” Today, the world celebrates the fourth Zero Discrimination Day, and ­­­­­it is more important than ever for us to raise awareness for this global movement of solidarity.

At HWCLI, we stand for tolerance, compassion, and understanding for our diverse communities on Long Island and all over the world. We believe that diversity, in our organization and in our region, is what makes us most successful. We believe in erasing stigmas and empowering our community. For those of you being targeted or discriminated against; we see you and we stand with you today and every day.

Join us and a global community of advocates in celebrating Zero Discrimination Day. Together, we can make a difference for our community and our society. Use the #ZeroDiscrimination to share why you are standing up for zero discrimination.