United Way celebrates VITA program success

A United Way of Adams County tax assistance program saw great success during this tax season.

The Volunteer Income Tax Program, or VITA, was able to serve 1,130 clients, which exceeds the program's original goal.

It's also a 57% increase from how many families and individuals were helped in last year.

The program helps clients with financial stability, and assists them with finding tax credits to increase their tax refund amount.

Brian Peuster is the Financial Stability Coordinator for United Way of Adams County, and says this accomplishment wouldn't be possible without the help from volunteers.

"It's neat to talk to the volunteers to be able to see them share a story of somebody coming in and was struggling," Peuster said. "And then to be able to sit down with them and say 'Hey, you're going to get this refund.' And then to be able to hear some of their stories about what they're going to be able to do with that money to help them fix a particular situation or to go on vacation or whatever it is they need to kind of help improve their lives."

Through the program, VITA helped filers save over two million dollars.