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May 23, 2013

United Way announces $13.5 in funding

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The most recent merger took place in January 2013 when Lakes Region United Way joined the organization. With that merger, Granite United Way now covers 80 percent of New Hampshire, as well as all of Windsor County, Vt.

In addition to workplace campaigns, Granite United Way collaborates with several corporate partners to ensure that community needs are met. One example of this collaboration is with Citizens Bank Foundation which donated $75,000 to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program that benefits low to moderate income families.

This year, program volunteers helped file more than 4,000 tax returns for struggling families, generating more than $6.2 million in federal refunds back to the local economy. VITA sites were located across the state.

“Collaborating with corporate partners helps us create United Way sponsored collaborations that address problems in ways no single agency can,” said Patrick Tufts, President and CEO of Granite United Way. “Like United Ways across our nation we are committed to evolving as the needs of our communities change.”

The next application date for Granite United Way is September 2013.

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