Florida woman accused of stealing nearly $15,000 worth of fireworks from her job
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A Lake County woman was arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing nearly $15,000 worth of fireworks from her job. Volusia County deputies were called to the Four Seasons Fireworks store Monday to look into a theft report. The store owner interrupted them and the fireworks were ultimately returned to the store. That’s when deputies say the store owner chose to press charges against her. After interviewing Clark, deputies say she admitted to stealing and returning the fireworks, saying she planned to sell them second-hand to help pay off a large amount of debt.wftv.com
Heart of Florida United Way unveils ‘Live United Village’ multiservice support center
VIDEO: Heart of Florida United Way unveils ‘Live United Village’ multiservice support center A major investment is helping to get some Central Florida residents back on their feet.
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2021 tax season: experts say file early and electronically to avoid delays
Expect 'challenges' during tax season The Treasury Department is expecting “enormous challenges” for taxpayers and preparers in the upcoming tax filing season, The Washington Post is reporting. (NoDerog/Getty Images/iStockphoto)ORLANDO, Fla. — With the official start of tax season many people may find this year to be a bit more difficult to navigate. That’s why Heart of Florida United Way is offering free tax help to people who need assistance with preparing their tax returns. It’s hard to get your return in a quick manner if you file paper returns,” Wells said. The IRS officially starts accepting 2021 tax returns Jan. 24.wftv.com
‘Women United’ luncheon to motivate and inspire local female leaders
ORLANDO, Fla. – March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate the accomplishments of local women and to empower them to find even more success, the Heart of Florida United Way is hosting a luncheon Thursday as part of Women United. Women United is a part of United Way that says it fights for the health, education and financial stability for all. News 6 anchor Bridgett Ellison spoke with Women United Luncheon co-chair Annie Marie Howard about the event. But really, it’s about other women coming together to help other women and families and children.”This year, due to the pandemic, the Women United events are virtual. Click here to purchase or click here to learn more about Women United.
Pandemic financial assistance available for Orlando renters
ORLANDO, Fla. – The city of Orlando is opening the application process again to help hundreds more families make rent amid the ongoing financial hardships of the coronavirus. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a news release the city has reopened its rental assistance program in partnership with Heart of Florida United Way. Under the program, Orlando residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 since March 1 can apply to receive up to $10,000 to make rent payments. To qualify, renters must live within city limits, have experienced a pandemic-related hardship and have paid February rent. United Way will email instructions and a link to complete the application to eligible residents following the pre-screening process.
Central Florida organization worried about 'tidal wave' of evictions
Central Florida organization worried about 'tidal wave' of evictionsPublished: July 1, 2020, 1:31 pmHeart of Florida United Way President Jeff Hayward said he feared thousands of families would face homelessness with Orange and Osceola counties reporting some of the state's highest unemployment rates.
New call system will help Central Florida cybercrime victims
ORLANDO, Fla. - The fight against cybercrime is real whether it's an online scam, identify theft, financial fraud or even cyberbullying. Starting Sept. 12, residents in Central Florida can dial 211 for help. Calling 211 will allow residents to report cases of cybercrime and find resources to recover from cybercrime. The Heart of Florida United Way is the first 211 call center in Florida and the third in the nation to launch a system to support cybercrime victims. "These people are going to get their cyber lives in order, but if there is ancillary damage, they are well-positioned to help those people," Robert Bruda with Cybercrime Support Network said.