May 02 2014 09:22am    Comments: 0    Categories: Community      Tags: m&t  foundation  

Thanks to a grant from the M&T Charitable Foundation,Central Susquehanna Opportunities,Inc. (CSO,Inc.) has received funding to support CSO C.A.R.E.S. (Crisis Assistance Refueling Energy Services) for Saving,a program to promote saving for home heating costs,and VITA,the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program,to provide free tax preparation.

“Support from the M&T Charitable Foundation will help CSO,Inc. improve the lives of individuals in need in our local area,” noted CSO,Inc. Chief Executive Officer,Barry McLaughlin.

CSO C.A.R.E.S. for Saving and the VITA program are provided by CSO,Inc.’s Community Action Agency.  CSO,Inc. Community Action Agency helps residents of Columbia,Montour,and Northumberland counties move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

CSO C.A.R.E.S. for Saving is a financial literacy and savings promotion program.  CSO C.A.R.E.S. for Saving will help eligible,low-income households learn to save more effectively for home heating costs during the winter months.  Successful program participants will be able to receive a dollar for dollar match of their savings.

The VITA program helps area residents claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits.  This program also helps filers avoid costly filing fees and rapid refund loans.  During the 2010 tax season the VITA program provided free tax preparation to 511 low to moderate income households.  With the support of the M&T Charitable Foundation the VITA program will be able to continue providing this valuable service.

About CSO,Inc.:
Central Susquehanna Opportunities,Inc. is a regional,private non-profit,community-based,charitable organization that is dedicated to helping people make positive changes in their lives.  CSO,Inc. delivers Workforce Development services in the Central Region Workforce Investment Area and provides comprehensive Community Action initiatives to improve local families and communities.  CSO,Inc. strives to address poverty at the local level and move individuals and families to self-sufficiency.  For more information about CSO,Inc. please visit or call 570-644-6575.

About M&T Charitable Foundation:
At M&T Bank,we recognize that our corporate success is directly related to the health and vitality of the communities we serve.   So,as a corporate citizen,we believe in providing resources to not-for-profit organizations that make our communities better places to live and work.  Through our philanthropic arm,The M&T Charitable Foundation,we support a diverse range of civic,cultural,health and human service organizations with financial grants,employee volunteerism and in-kind services.

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