Step Update, February 2017

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Step Up Savannah engages all sectors of the community to improve the economic mobility and financial stability of families in Savannah and Chatham County.

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You work. Let EITC work for you!

For the last 40 years, Earned Income Tax Credit made life better for millions of workers. You may have extra money waiting for you. If you qualify and claim the credit, it could be as much as $6,242 from the IRS for some workers.

Don’t be the one in five that misses this credit. If you or someone you know earned less than $53,267 from wages, check it out.

It’s easy to find out if you qualify. Use the EITC Assistant and answer questions about yourself and other family members to see if you qualify and estimate the amount of your credit.

EITC eligibility depends on several factors, including income and family size. If you don’t have a qualifying child and earned under $20,330, find out if you qualify for a smaller credit, worth as much as $503. 

It’s easy to find free tax help to prepare and file your taxes. Find a volunteer site today. 

Step Up awarded $20,000 by the SunTrust Foundation
On Friday, January 13th, David Camden and Stephanie Johnson of SunTrust Bank surprised Step Up Savannah with a $20,000 donation from the SunTrust Foundation. Step Up’s executive director, Jen Singeisen, and board chair, Holden Hayes of South State Bank, received the check on Friday afternoon. The funds will be directed to Step Up’s job-readiness training, the Chatham Apprentice Program (CAP).
CAP helps individuals who face barriers to employment develop skills to compete in the job market, secure employment, and become more self-sufficient. E3 stands for “educate, empower, and employ” and is a collaboration among Chatham County, Savannah Technical College and several community-based organizations.
SunTrust Foundation has provided grants of more than $100 million to not-for-profit organizations focused on education, health and human services, and civic and cultural activities since 2008. Aligning with SunTrust Bank's larger goal of creating a movement to overcome financial stress in the United States, the SunTrust Foundation is committed to helping people start along their path to financial confidence.
For more information about CAP visit

Welcome Carole Fireall!

Carole Fireall has officially joined the Step Up team as the new Office Administrator and Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) Coordinator.  Previously, she worked with Youth Futures Authority and managed Step Up's NLA each fall. 

You can reach out to Carole at or 912.232.6747. 

Next Residents Team Meeting

The next meeting of Step Up's Residents Team will be held at Montgomery Landings (714 W. 57th St.) on February 15th at 6pm. Cindy Landolt with the City of Savannah will discuss the Utility Billing System. 

The Residents Team was created to engage low- and moderate-income residents and those who live in high-poverty neighborhoods in Step Up's decision-making regarding policies and issues to pursue.

The team is comprised of individuals from Savannah’s low-income neighborhoods who raise issues important to their communities.  Many are leaders in Savannah’s neighborhood associations; others simply want to become more involved in their community. 

 Learn more about Step Up's Resident Team. 

Chatham Apprentice Program Update

Last year, the Chatham Apprentice Program (CAP) supported 39 participants in obtaining their forklift safety certification as well as 24 individuals with their Transportation Workers Identification Credential card. Building upon this success, CAP is implementing additional hard-skills trainings in 2017.

Most notable is the new jockey truck operator safety certification in partnership with Savannah Technical College. This program was selected because of the high demand for operators in the ports as well as the average starting hourly wage of $14. Twenty individuals will graduate from this program in February positioned to obtain family-supporting wages quickly.

The Chatham Apprentice Program, managed by Step Up Savannah, is funded by Chatham County with support from the United Way of the Coastal Empire, the State Farm Foundation, and the SunTrust Foundation. Services are open to all residents of Chatham County who are 18 and older.

The 2017 schedule is as follows:
Class Start Date Class End Date Location
March 6th March 30th Department of Labor
April 24th May 18th Moses Jackson
August 7th August 31st Department of Labor
September 25th October 19th Moses Jackson
November 13th December 12th Moses Jackson

Please call (912) 401-0672 for more information.

Learn how to pull, read, and correct errors on your credit report for FREE.

February 7th from 6pm to 7pm
Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

February 21st from 
6pm to 7pm
Garden City Library, 104 Sunshine Ave.

Contact Consumer Credit Counseling Services at 912.691.2227 to reserve a seat. 

Georgia Work Credit can help working families step up

"At Step Up Savannah, we engage all sectors of the community to improve the economic mobility and financial stability of families. Helping people step up benefits us all; studies show a strong link between broad-based opportunity and economic growth. Low economic mobility and financial stability are community-wide issues that diminish our overall economic potential.

While there is no silver bullet for the complex challenges facing families today, but state leaders do have some proven tools at their disposal. This legislative session, our state lawmakers can enact a time-tested policy with strong bipartisan support to give an economic boost to working families."

Read more about this time-tested policy here. 

An Easy Way to Help CAP!

Download and print this donor partner referral card and bring it with you next time you donate to Goodwill. For each donation, Goodwill will give a voucher to a CAP participant so they can purchase professional clothing for job interviews. 
Are you interesting in hosting a poverty simulation?
We are now taking requests for 2017. 

Find out more.
The City of Savannah continues to provide annual funding to Step Up Savannah. A special thank you to Mayor DeLoach and our council members for their commitment to improving the economic mobility of Savannahians. 

Support Step Up through your purchases!

At Kroger

Designate your Kroger Community Rewards to Step Up Savannah or 52927. 

Through Amazon
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Step Up Savannah appreciates the ongoing support of the City of Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia Power, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and the United Way of the Coastal Empire. 

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