About CA$H

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About the CA$H Coalition

The Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CA$H) Coalition of the Greater Capital Region brings together human service organizations, financial institutions, the IRS, volunteers, and others to tackle the issue of poverty and its impact on local families by providing financial literacy resources and free tax return preparation services through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 

The CA$H Coalition is dedicated to assisting individuals and families in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties to increase their financial self-sufficiency through:

  • Free income tax preparation
  • Access to community resources
  • Financial education
  • Asset-building activities and strategies
  • Legislative advocacy

Executive Committee

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CA$H Core Values

Dignity &Respect
Economic Security
Financial Stability
Living Wage
Social Justice

Andrew Kochian 

CA$H Coalition Program Director
United Way of the Greater Capital Region


Nancy Dingee

Office of the Aging - Schoharie County

Jenn Hyde

Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Tri-County

Holly LaTorre

Director of Operations, Mechanicville Area Community Center

Matthew O'Connor

IRS SPEC Relationship Manager

Melissa Pawlak

Community Services Director, Schoharie County Community Action Program, Inc.

Megan Quillinan

Executive Director, Mechanicville Area Community Center

Claire Reid

Chief Impact Officer, United Way of the Greater Capital Region

United Way's Role

United Way of the Greater Capital Region is the fiduciary of the CA$H Coalition. The goal of this partnership is to help individuals and families achieve financial stability, which also strengthens our communities and local economy. 

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