PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- CA$H Maine announced today they have received a $197,000 grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation and the Harold Alfond Foundation. With this support and partnership, CA$H Maine says they will be raising awareness and expanding their efforts to help Mainers reach financial stability.

Creating Assets, Savings & Hope-- CA$H, is a collaborationof ten statewide coalitions, comprised of 50 non- and for-profit partners, working together to help low- and moderate-income Mainers make the most of their money. For example,providingfree tax preparation services through IRS-certified volunteers.

"If you are an individual and you make $52,000 or less, you can receive our services. If you are a family of 4, 5, 6, you can also come and get your taxed prepared for free. There are also programs within our coalition base that regardless of our income -- if you need help we will be more than happy to do you taxed for free," says Nicole Evans of CA$H Maine Portland. "And get you connected to these programs that will help you make the most of your money."

Mainers can received those benefits by calling 2-1-1 orvisiting the website:

The Internal Revenue Service announced they will beginaccepting returns as early as January 31.

The IRS tax dealine for filing is April 15.