The neighborhood where Ariva is headquartered and the surrounding neighborhoods have some of the highest levels of financial insecurity. These communities also have the highest share of unbanked households in New York City.
Ariva was founded to support the highest-need communities of the Bronx with free, high-quality tax preparation and financial counseling.
“It is the collective effort of community organizations, funders, staff, and volunteers which work the magic in delivering our services. We need all of us together to do this important work.” – Irene Baldwin, our Executive Director
Since 2014, La Ventanilla has successfully provided free community tax and financial education services to support the Mexican community in their financial journey. In 2023, our team provided 795 financial counseling sessions at La Ventanilla.
This year, we launched a very important initiative at our West Farms location — financial counseling for micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses. We are very excited about the potential of this project and the positive impact these entrepreneurs will have on our neighborhood as they build their businesses.
We are proud to share that through a combination of drop-off, virtual, and in-person services, our team of partners, staff, and volunteers were able to support more than 7,797 Bronx residents with free tax preparation in 2023.
As one of NYC’s Financial Empowerment Centers, we supported more than 1,956 people and conducted 845 financial counseling sessions in 2023. We continued to see concerns in our community regarding loss of income, changes in credit, saving for emergencies, and paying off debt.
Offer Free Financial Services to Your Community
If your community needs more access to financial resources in New York City, we are here to help. We partner with dozens of other community-based organizations to host year-round and seasonal tax sites and a variety of our financial counseling services, Financial Empowerments Centers, Ready To Rent, and our Bronx Initiative. We’d love to work with you, too!