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UCOM News This Week: March 7 - March 13

March 7th, 2016

No More Dreading Tax Day

Last year IRS-trained volunteers at UCOM helped 190 people get back $250,000 in tax refunds. Total charge to the participants: $0. So far this year we have helped 125 people to get back more than $151,929. This is a collaborative effort of numerous local churches and organizations. It is coordinated by the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition.

UCOM is now making appointments. Hours are Thursday nights 5:15-8:15p and Saturdays 10a-1p through April 15 by appointment only.

People who would like to volunteer to be a non-tax-preparing helper should ask for Shawn Keener. Call 616.241.4006

Health Navigator Coming to UCOM

Thusdays, March 24, March 31 and April 14 5-8p. UCOM will be the host for a health navigator who will assist people in enrolling in Affordable Care Act insurance. All eligible people are invited. By appointment or drop-in, first come, first served.

Humane Society Partners with UCOM

Does Fido, Fifi, or Hermione need very low-cost vaccinations? Keep those furry babies healthy.

Monday, March 28, 1:30-3:30 the Humane Society will be at UCOM to administer low-cost vaccines to pets. The Society will offer discount certificates to have animals spayed or neutered.

Eat Healthy Be Active

Instructor Yesenia Velasco from Michigan State University Extension is teaching nutrition education in Spanish on Monday and Wednesdays 6-8p during the month of March, 2016.

Jazzy Music and Happy Exercise

Marvin stays up all night so he won’t miss the Sit and Be Fit class. (He’s not a morning person.) Because he gets here early, he sets up the room for his friends.

This unique exercise program utilizes innovative and less strenuous ways to improve fitness for anyone. Sit and Be Fit meets every Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30. Led by Mary Beth from the YMCA, classes keep up an enjoyable pace, with lots of laughter and music that keeps the spirits high.

Register at any point in the program. Registrations are currently open by calling UCOM at 616.241.4006. This activity also counts toward nutrition/exercise requirements for NOW (Nutritional Options for Wellness) Pantry participants who are managing chronic illnesses through diet and exercise.


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