Are you a Federal Employee? Donate to VLP through CFC

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Did you know that Veterans Leadership Program is a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity? That means that all United States government employees can make a donation to VLP through the 3 Rivers/Pennsylvania West Combined Federal Campaign. Each fall, Federal employees are invited to support eligible national and local charities. Employees choose the groups they wish to support from a list of approved charities that have met the U.S. federal government’s high standards of program impact and financial accountability. The 2016 CFC official campaign season runs from October 1st through December 15th. Through the CFC, federal employees have raised over $8 billion since 1961 to help sustain community, state, national and international health, educational, environmental and human services. Many of you ask how you can help support VLP’s mission, and this is an easy way to make a big difference! If you are employed by the Federal government, please consider giving to VLP through the CFC. It’s simple! Select VLP – CFC Agency #38965 – and complete a CFC form or make an online pledge contribution through your payroll. Visit www.3riverscfc.org to learn about the federal payroll program. If you have friends or relatives who are Federal civilian, military or postal employees, please encourage them to donate to us well! Every penny counts and will truly make an impact on a local Veteran. Even the smallest donation could help to provide a family with food and toiletries. Thank you for continuing to support our critical mission of serving local veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, unemployed or underemployed, or facing an emergency. With your support, we can continue to connect Veterans to permanent housing, meaningful jobs and essential services.    ...

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Senator Jay Costa’s Free Shredding Event

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in News | 0 comments

On Saturday, August 13th, Senator Jay Costa will hold a free shredding event to recycle all confidential documents you no longer need. These documents can include Social Security, expired credit cards, credit card or bank statements, credit card applications, bank account numbers, cancelled checks, income tax forms, insurance records, medical and retirement/pension fund information. Saturday, August 13th 10:00 am – Noon Waterfront near T.J. Maxx and Petco 580 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120 Senator Costa is also asking all attendees to bring donations for local Veterans in need. Below is a list of essential items that Veterans in our Housing and Employment programs could benefit receiving. VLP’s Wish List Bed linen sets (twin and full size with pillows) Bath and kitchen towels Bath accessories including bathroom rugs and shower curtains Hygiene items Socks and underwear Cleaning supplies including mops, brooms, and cleaning products This shredding event is to raise awareness and to promote prevention from consumer fraud and identity theft. This shredding event will give individuals the opportunity to have unneeded documents destroyed FREE of charge. Document shredding will occur onsite and the shredded paper will be recycled. This event is open to individuals only. Three boxes are limited her car. For more information, contact Senator Jay Costa’s office at (412)...

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Veterans Leadership Program moves its offices to the Strip District

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in News | 0 comments

For Immediate Release VETERANS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM MOVES ITS OFFICE TO THE STRIP DISTRICT Pittsburgh, PA (August 8, 2016) – Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (VLP) today announced that it is open for operation at its new location in the Strip District. For the past eleven years, VLP’s offices were located in the South Side at 2417 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Its last day of operation in the South Side was on Friday, July 29, 2016. On Monday, August 8, 2016, VLP re-opened at its new location in the Strip District located at 2934 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Any military veteran living in Western Pennsylvania who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, unemployed or underemployed, or facing an emergency can call or visit VLP’s new office on Smallman Street. “Veterans Leadership Program is excited for its new chapter in the Strip District in its 34th year of operation,” said Benjamin Stahl, Interim Executive Director. “In the last few years, VLP has added new programs and has grown to house a staff of 37 employees. With an additional 4,494 square feet in our new office, VLP will be able to continue its trajectory of growth in serving the changing needs of local veterans and their families.” For more information, please contact Veterans Leadership Program by phone at (412) 481-8200 or visit www.NeverForgetVets.org. ____________________________________________________________________________ ABOUT VETERANS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., an independent, nonprofit agency, provides housing, employment, and supportive services to local veterans, service members, and their families with the goal of improving their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life. VLP operates two of the nation’s most effective veteran employment programs and is one of the largest providers of subsidized housing for veterans and their families in western Pennsylvania. For more information, please call 412-481-8200 or visit www.NeverForgetVets.org....

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Get your taxes done for FREE at VLP!

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in News | 0 comments

For the 2016 tax season, VLP is partnering with United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Money in Your Pocket Coalition to host a free tax site at our offices. From January 19th through April 14th, volunteers will be available at our offices in South Side to assist veterans and low-income individuals and families to prepare and submit their tax returns. There are no fees associated with this program and you will receive your refund in as little as 7 days! You could be eligible for a refund between $503 and $6,242. To receive free tax preparations, you must call to make an appointment. To do so, please call 2-1-1 or 1-888-553-5778. You can also make an appointment by calling VLP’s offices at (412) 481-8200. Our tax site is located at 2417 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Eligibility terms: Eligible households with incomes up to $45,000 and individuals with incomes up to $25,000 qualify for free in-person tax help at our tax site. Additionally, households with incomes up to $62,000 qualify for free online tax filing at www.MyFreeTaxes.com. The website, powered by H&R Block and the IRS, helps taxpayers file federal and state tax returns using an easy, do-it-yourself online system that is FREE for both individuals and households with annual incomes up to $62,000. This online service guides taxpayers through a simple step-by-step process to file their returns. The website also features a helpline that can be used to answer tax-filing questions as they arise. VLP’s Tax Site Schedule: (Every Thursday and Saturday) Thursday, February 11 – 9 AM to 3 PM Thursday, February 18 – 9 AM to 3 PM Saturday, February 20 – 9 AM to 12 PM Thursday, February 25 – 9 AM to 3 PM Saturday, February 27 – 9 AM to 12 PM *Please note: these dates and times are subject to change.    Additional details about United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s free tax preparation can be found...

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