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Thanks to our statewide partners,
 11,474 low-income families received
free tax help in 2013
During the 2013 tax filing season, the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative (KASI) prepared 11,758 tax returns for households earning less than $50,000.  More than 450 volunteers at 81 locations helped households receive more than $16.2 million in federal refunds and avoid filing fees and expensive tax-time loan products.
None of this would be possible without the commitment of KASI partners that host tax sites, commit volunteer and staff time, assist with outreach, provide financial support, and make appointments.  Please click here for a complete list of our generous partners.
KASI is a statewide network, coordinated by KDVA, of six regional asset-building coalitions that aim to improve the economic well-being of lower-income families.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are central to this effort, and help the coalitions link families to other resources in their areas such as financial education, Bank On programs, credit counseling, and asset-building programs like Individual Development Accounts.  More than a third (37%) of KASI tax filers were eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the federal government’s largest anti-poverty programs.
KDVA’s member programs are an integral part of KASI’s efforts, helping domestic violence survivors and other lower-income families navigate what can be a stressful time, but one that can result in the largest lump sum of money of the year.  BRASS, Merryman House, Safe Harbor, and Bethany House each host VITA sites or filing days, and staff from Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program help coordinate the second busiest site in KASI, preparing more than 700 returns this year.  The Center for Women & Families, Women’s Crisis Center, and DOVES all have program staff and/or AmeriCorps or VISTA members who are certified to prepare taxes. 
KASI is coordinated by KDVA’s Economic Empowerment Project and is possible thanks to a grant from the Internal Revenue Service.

KDVA bids farewell to two staff members
KDVA would like to bid a fond farewell to Jessica Morgan and Pam Martinez. Please join us in celebrating their achievements during their time at KDVA and wishing them the best on their future endeavors.
Jessica Morgan, MA, began her work with KDVA as a VISTA in ­September of 2010. She was later hired as KDVA’s first Prevention Specialist. Her creativity and enthusiasm for prevention and her passion to end intimate partner violence will be missed. In her time at KDVA, she has worked hard to build relationships and contribute to the national dialogue about preventing intimate partner violence through her work with Delta Prep and the CDC. She also created and facilitated a teen prevention program called TEENS.talk, which is dedicated to engaging teens to become active members of their communities by incorporating social change and teen development with the arts and technology. 
Pam Martinez has been a VISTA member with KDVA since May of 2012. Pam assisted with promotion and volunteer recruitment for KDVA’s free tax program. Pam was site coordinator for the Village Branch Public library, a site serving over 700 taxpayers in the Lexington area. Pam was also a member of KDVA’s economic justice team and KDVA Training Institute.  
Pam is finishing up her VISTA service term and hopes to pursue other national service opportunities after her son is born in July. Pam has also been able to expand her lawn care business (Residential Lawn Care) through her participation in KDVA’s IDA program. 
Both Pam and Jessica have shown a deep commitment to national service and to improving the lives of domestic violence survivors. KDVA has proudly watched them grow and excel as professionals. On behalf of KDVA staff, good luck to you both!

Save the date and Request for Proposals (RFP)
Please mark your calendars NOW for our 15th Annual Ending Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Conference scheduled for December 9-13, 2013. We are excited about this year's conference and hope you will join us. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this year's conference, please go to our website to get the form.

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