Aloha United Way and Goodwill Fights Poverty

Fighting Poverty in Hawaii

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The Aloha United Way and Goodwill fight poverty by providing programs and services to those that are in despite need.  Goodwill offer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to over 1,800 families and hopes to reach the 2,000+ mark this year.  Complementing these VITA efforts are a series of workshops on financial literacy offered in various Goodwill locations.

For families in need of available refundable tax credits to help support their families the VITA program can make a huge difference.  And when combined with the financial literacy workshops it provides the type of assistance that can have a significant impact on helping a family get back on their feet and stay there.


Please view the video below and learn more about these two very important community programs.



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Reg Baker, CPA PFS, is a nationally recognized expert, advocate and writer for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMB’s). He serves on the national board of directors for the Small Business Administration’s Regulatory Fairness Board and is the Chairman of Region IX which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa. Baker also served on the Hawaii Small Business Regulatory Review Board which reviews all small business rules and regulations at the State and County level and makes recommendations to the Governor and respective Mayors. He Co-Chaired the combined Small Business and Entrepreneur & Economic Development and Invocation Committees of the Hawaii state Chamber of Commerce and hosted the weekly TV show Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker. Mr. Baker has been named twice as the SBA's Financial Advocate for the state of Hawaii. He has over 35 years’ experience both owning small businesses and advocating for SMB’s and their owners. He focuses on taking companies to the next level with higher profitability and sales and provides Wealth Management services to the SMB owners.

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