The days are getting shorter and the nights longer—sure-fire signs the holiday season is upon us. We all know how stressful this time of year can be, between feeding the extra guests, dealing with the unexpected car repairs that come with winter and higher heating bills. But for some in the Fredericksburg area, this pressure is a reality all year long.
At the Rappahannock United Way, we work with families every day who are simply trying to meet their most basic needs—food on the table, gas in the tank and clothes on their little ones’ backs. And in our experience, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit are tools that help these families better provide for their children and achieve greater self-sufficiency. The EITC and CTC are among some of our nation’s strongest tools to promote work and help working families build a more secure future.