48% of Duval County families are vulnerable to financial hardships if emergencies occur.
To guide hardworking families and individuals on a path to prosperity, United Way offers RealSense—a nationally recognized financial stability initiative designed to save families money and promote responsible fiscal habits.
Services We Offer
- Free tax filing and guidance at locations throughout Northeast Florida
- Financial education workshops to teach you how to achieve your goals
- Financial counseling and coaching at Prosperity Place
United Way’s RealSense initiative is a community coalition of companies, agencies, government, educational, non-profit, and other organizations. Strengthening the financial stability of Northeast Florida residents for 12 years, RealSense provides free financial education, counseling and tax preparation services to help people save money and build assets.
Since 2003, RealSense has returned $200 million in tax refunds and had a total economic impact of $94 million.
Free tax services save families money only once a year, while free financial education workshops help families save money year-round. Surveys completed six months after participating in financial education classes indicate that 33 percent of participants decreased their debt, an improvement of 16 percent. Sixty-five percent indicated they had established a written budget, an improvement of 33 percent. Learn more in the Better Off Measures Study.