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United Way of the Greater Capital Region supports local human services that offer direct help to people in need. United Way supports local agencies by issuing grants, monitoring results, offering technical assistance, mobilizing volunteers and creating strategies to improve lives and the communities where we live and work.  Throughout our history, we have found this support role to be the most effective and efficient way for donors, human service agencies and United Way to work together. 

Need help with health and human services? Dial 2-1-1.

People seeking direct services are encouraged to dial 2-1-1. United Way 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that connects people with agencies that provide help to individuals and families in need. Help is available online at 211neny.org. Many of the agencies in the 2-1-1 database receive United Way support and are better equipped to carry out their critical work thanks to United Way. 2-1-1 can help with: housing and rental assistance, food pantries, paying utilities, childcare, senior care, employment and job training, mental health issues and where to turn in times of crisis or disaster. Learn more about 2-1-1.

Free tax preparation for income-eligible individuals and families

United Way supports the CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region's annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Last year, IRS-certified tax preparation volunteers helped file more than 12,900 federal and state forms and returned more than $23 million in refunds and credits to hardworking families. Free tax sites are available at more than 50 locations across the Capital Region.  A number of sites are open year round. See if you are eligible and find a site near you.

Save money on prescription medication

Good health is one of the building blocks for a good life. That is why United Way of the Greater Capital Region is committed to expanding access to health services. One way we accomplish this is through its partnership in the FamilyWize program which distributes discount prescription drug cards across the community. The discounts and savings are provided voluntarily by the more than 53,000 participating pharmacies that have agreed to accept this card. Learn more, print your card and start saving.

Find a children's summer meal site

United Way supports mobile and fixed sites that provide free, nutritious lunches to children. Most of these young people rely on free or subsidized school-based meals during the school year. Our goal is to prevent a summer nutrition gap that can lead to a learning gap when students return to school in the fall. To find a site near you: Dial 2-1-1, visit SummerMealsNY.org or text "food" to 877-77.