Helping hard working families create life-changing assets, beginning with savings.
In what way does FPP make a difference in Polk County?
Delivered through United Way of Central Florida Income Partner agencies throughout Polk
County, these partners lead learning that assist clients with credit counseling or improving
credit. For a list of partners and a schedule of financial education events in your area, navigate to:
1) Click “Our Work”
2) Click “Income” Tab
3) Click “Income Community Partners”
Matched Savings is an incentive-inspired program to help individuals who have a desire to
purchase a home, achieve higher education, or begin a small business enterprise. Successful
applicants will set their goal and commit to making consistent, on-time deposits over a period
of between one to four years. Their deposits are matched dollar-for- dollar up to a maximum of
$2000. Program participants are assisted along the way with financial education and coaching
Starter Savings is for individuals who wish to learn how to develop a consistent savings habit
and begin building an emergency fund, a college fund for a child, or beyond. Link your personal
savings account from a participating financial institution to the EARN.ORG/FloridaProsperity
online platform (see list on the web site). Save just $20 per month toward your goal for six
months and receive your reward.
Free Tax Prep is a county-wide program supported by a team of dedicated volunteers who have
been certified by the IRS to prepare tax returns. The network consists of twenty-one locations
throughout Polk County, of which eight are UWCF Income partners, and four are operated by
FPP at locations such as Winter Haven Library, Haines City Library, Larry R. Jackson Library and
Family Fundamentals in Lakeland.
Number of returns prepared 1,110
Average income of tax filers $24,940
Total amount of tax refunds $1,742,360, or average of $1,570 per household
If you are interested in serving your neighbors in the Polk County community by helping them
prepare their taxes, offering them basic financial guidance, and supporting them as they
connect to other available services, please contact Rob Sansome at
Rob@FloridaProsperityPartnership.org or (863) 397-0971.