In early 2010, United Way of Williamson County convened a group of staff and volunteers from several Williamson County organizations to come up with a plan to strategically help low-to-moderate income and elderly residents become more financially stable.
Representatives from AARP, IRS, WBC Opportunities, the Literacy Council of Williamson County and United Way worked for several months to gather information, identify needs and consider options for moving forward. This group, named The Williamson County Financial Stability Coalition (The Coalition), determined that its initial work would focus on expanding the availability of free income tax preparation services across the County followed by increasing the number of financial literacy classes available for individuals and families.
In the spring of 2011, The Coalition began its work of expanding free tax preparation services by increasing the number of hours available across the county and adding additional sites in Taylor and Leander. In 2011, The Coalition added two sites in Georgetown and in 2012 they expanded to Hutto. Along the way, The Coalition has provided tax preparation outreach in Liberty Hill, Jarrell and in partnership with Leander ISD.
Financial Literacy Classes launched in 2011 with a Financial Fitness Festival in Round Rock. In the years that followed, financial literacy classes have been offered in partnership with Round Rock and Leander ISDs and in the workplace with TD Industries. Today classes continue on a monthly basis in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock, and Taylor.
After successfully completing its mission to expand free tax preparation services and launching regular financial literacy classes, the Coalition was dissolved in 2016. Programs including VITA free tax preparation and financial literacy classes are now operated and managed by United Way of Williamson County.
Thank you to the following organizations who provide in-kind space, services, funding, supplies or equipment for free tax preparation sites in Williamson County:
AARP Tax-Aide of Williamson County
City of Cedar Park
City of Leander
City of Round Rock
City of Taylor
Getsemani Community Center
Hutto Fire Rescue