Financial Literacy

Economic Empowerment

ROC Partnerships

Who We Are

TSCWNY provides two financial literacy service opportunities, Regional Opportunity Corps and Financial Opportunity Corps. Regional Opportunity Corps is an 18 member AmeriCorps program that provides financial-literacy education and training services within not-for-profit organizations across Western New York. AmeriCorps members provide awareness and education in areas such as: Financial Opportunity Corps (FOC) is an initiative among Points of Light, Bank of America and the Corporation for National and Community Service. TSC is proud to host an FOC AmeriCorps VISTA member and fellow to assist in the  development of programming to address the specific needs of low- and moderate-income households in the City of Buffalo. With the support of the Financial Opportunity Corps VISTA member, fellow and staff, financial coaches will be recruited and trained to help participants develop strategies to reduce debt, improve credit, start saving for emergencies, access benefits and build assets for long-term financial health. 6 month financial coaching series will begin in February 2017. Interested in helping spread the word? Download our financial coaching flyer. For more information on how to get involved in Financial Opportunity Corps contact us at (716) 418-8500 x157 or focfellow@gmail.com            

Be part of FOC!

Financial Opportunity Corps is currently recruiting coaches and participants for our 6 month financial education workshops!   Beginning in February 2017 2-hour monthly workshops will be held at:
  • The Riverside Branch Library
  • The Frank Merriweather Library
  • The Service Collaborative of WNY
Registration is required in order to provide dinner and childcare at each session. For information on how to get involved, contact us at (716) 418-8500 x157 or focfellow@gmail.com

Participate in our 2017 Financial Workshop Series

Financial Opportunity Corps is currently looking for participants for our 2017 financial workshop series. Participants are invited to participate in 2-hour monthly workshops where they will receive a 1-hour presentation on various financial topics and an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a financial coach. Workshops will be held at the following locations:
  • The Frank E Merriweather Jr Library
  • The Riverside Branch Library
  • The Service Collaborative of WNY
Our program flyer can be downloaded here. For information on how to get involved, contact us at (716) 418-8500 x157 or focfellow@gmail.com    

Apply to be a Financial Opportunity Coach

Financial Opportunity Corps is currently looking for candidates to serve as coaches during our 2017 financial workshop series. Coaches are expected to participate in an training session on January 21st and sessions will begin in February. Program flyers can be downloaded here. For information on how to get involved, contact us at (716) 418-8500 x157 or focfellow@gmail.com    
Here are some helpful steps to get you ready for filing your taxes
  • Step 1: Gather your documents
    • W-2s for each job held in 2016 for each person in the household, this form reports your name, wages, and other tax information to the IRS.
    • 1099s showing other income (unemployment, social security, school loans, health care reimbursement, state tax refund, gambling winnings, contract work) that is reported to the IRS.
    • 1098s showing payments you’ve made (school loans,property tax).
    • 1095-A if you received credit from the healthcare.gov marketplace.
    • Income/interest statements received for any savings account/investments.
    • Bank account numbers: a voided check or your bank or credit union’s routing number and savings or checking account number for your refund to be deposited automatically into your account through direct deposit.
    • Last year’s tax return (if you have it).
  • Step 2: Collect information for everyone in your household
    • Name and taxpayer number as they appear on the Social Security Card (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number letter (ITIN) for you and all dependents (including children and elderly relatives for whom you provide care).
    • Date of birth and relationship (son, daughter, mother, etc.).
    • Current address (it may be different from the address on your employment records).
  • Step 3: Gather additional items to get a larger refund
    • Childcare expenses: name, address, Tax ID or Social Security Number of the child care provider.
    • Business expenses and assets: if you’re self-employed or have a small business
    • College: loans and/or scholarships received, and bills for technical/community college or university (Forms 1098-T/1098-E).
    • Educator expenses for teaching grades K-12 (school supplies and materials used in the classroom).
    • Charitable donations: list of contributions and amounts, receipts for contributions over $250.
    • Vehicles: vehicle sales tax, personal property tax statement for each car you own, total miles driven for the year and/or total miles driven for business.
    • Renters: amount of rent paid (in some states).
    • Homeowners: mortgage interest statement (Form 1098), real estate taxes paid, Statement of Property Tax Payable in 2016.
    • Retirement/IRA: amount contributed to an IRA and total value as of December 2016.
    • ITIN: if you need to apply for an ITIN for yourself or a family member, find out what other documents you need to take with you when you get help filing your taxes for free.
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