California First Lady Maria Shriver Talks to Us About Help for Families in Tough Times
Working families all across the
What is We Connect?
"Maria Shriver’s WE Connect campaign is a pioneering public/private partnership designed to help
’s working families become more financially secure by connecting them to important programs and resources. Several of these programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), are available and accessible to working families but many are not taking full advantage of them. This leaves over a billion dollars on the table each year that could have been used by working families right here in California . This statewide effort will connect families with the information and tools they need to take full advantage of these valuable resources, empowering them to live their dreams." California
What does this mean for
What does this mean for
What about the self-employed? I had the chance to ask Maria just that, as more and more small businesses and self-employed Moms and Dads are struggling to find information on services and tax reliefs that would normally be provided by employers. Maria shared her insight on how to take the first steps toward getting connected with valuable resources available to Californians. That step was to access the WE Connect site on your own. (She noted that even those who are traditionally-employed may not be getting much information directly from their employers.)
The WE connect website (www.WEConnect.net) is a one-stop shopping center that highlights all the programs that would be available to self-employed families (as well as traditionally-employed workers.) Heating assistance, Golden State Advantage Cards, Lifeline Telephone Service, and 529 plans (plus many more programs) are all explained in detail at the site, and there will soon be an option to apply for services directly online.
Women and children make up over half of the nation’s poor, and Ms. Shriver wants them to know that there are ways to get the help they need. “There’s no shame in asking,” she notes -- Especially if it “can make a difference in a child’s life.”
Working Californians are encouraged to visit the WEConnect website to find out more about the services offered.
Those outside of
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