The Benefit Bank of Indiana and what it could mean to local residents will be explained and discussed at a special meeting at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds Tuesday, March 15, at 10 a.m.
Local officials, community service providers, ministers and others have been invited, but if you are interested in how you can help make this program available to your neighbors, by all means, join us!
The Benefit Bank of Indiana is designed to help residents receive money and work support they are already eligible for, but are not receiving.
The estimates of the unclaimed benefits for Clay County are more than $2 million.
Free help with federal and state income tax filing could get refunds to them.
Help with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps) could provide better family nutrition at a lower cost.
Help with FAFSA student aid applications could get children access to training or college they otherwise can't afford.
All three of these programs are included in The Benefit Bank.
The program operates through volunteers who work with people who may be eligible for these work supports, to file their taxes and apply for other programs using a computer system.
For the program to function, volunteers will need to be trained and computers will need to be made available.
A new self-service option is being developed for future use.
Possible benefits of the program and how to make it work will be the focus of the March 15 meeting.
The Benefit Bank of Indiana program is sponsored by Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.
For details about the program or to register to attend, please contact Melanie Brown at the Clay County Extension Office at 448-9041.