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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) • United Way Metro Nashville

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

 

What is VITA? VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. It is a nationwide program operated by volunteers from January 15 - April 15. Volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS, and then prepare tax returns for FREE for individuals & families earning less than $57,000.

 

In 2011, more than 10,000 individuals & families across the state received free tax preparation at one of the multiple VITA sites. Although tax season is still a few months away, United Way is recruiting VITA volunteers now and we need your help!


WAYS TO VOLUNTEER:

 

•Tax preparation volunteer: Training required, walk clients through tax return filing on a one-on-one basis (Training Commitment: 6-12 hours; Volunteer Commitment: 5hrs a week for 14 weeks. Volunteers can choose the site and hours for which they want to volunteer.)

 

•Cash coach volunteer: Training required. Work on-site with clients with basic financial needs such as: opening a bank account, tips for saving, filing a FAFSA for college scholarships, etc. (Training Commitment: 1hr; Volunteer Commitment: 2-3 hrs a week)

 

•Greeter: No training required. Greet clients as they arrive on-site to file their taxes. Assist with signing clients in and any other needs that site coordinator may have. (Volunteer Commitment: 2-3 hours per week)

 

•Tax Site Assistant: Training required, assists site coordinator in daily activities and acts as a Quality Reviewer of returns prepared at the tax sites. (Training Commitment: 6-12 hours for VITA certification; Volunteer Commitment: 10+ hours per week)

 

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Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits: Helping Yourself While Helping Others

Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits: Helping Yourself While Helping Others | United Way | Scoop.it
Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even stay healthy. Learn how to find the right fit.
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United Way of Central Iowa Launches Volunteer App

United Way of Central Iowa has launched an iPhone app to connect users with central Iowa organizations seeking volunteers.

 

The app will allow users to browse and register for the 200 volunteer opportunities on United Way of Central Iowa’s database.

 

You also may upload and save a custom profile to match you with the volunteer assignments that best match your interests and schedule.

 

This the second volunteer app launched in Iowa – and believed to be the first two nationally.

 

Check out a short video about the app. The app is available on the iPad and iPhone app store, or download through United Way’s website, www.unitedwaydm.org/app.

 

United Way of Central Iowa is a nonprofit organization located in Des Moines, Iowa, that improves lives in the areas of education, income and health by uniting the caring power of our community.

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‘Raise Your Hand’ aims to increase level of volunteerism at library - Elizabethton Star

‘Raise Your Hand’ aims to increase level of volunteerism at library - Elizabethton Star | United Way | Scoop.it

Thursday offered a full day of activities for visitors to the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library. In partnership with the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County, the library hosted “Raise Your Hand, Fun Day at the Library!” The event at the Elizabethton library was part of a statewide program called Raise Your Hand Tennessee Day of Action that was sponsored by the United Ways of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The goal was to recruit volunteers who will “raise their hand” to read to, tutor or mentor kids.

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ReadingPals | United Way of Broward County

ReadingPals | United Way of Broward County | United Way | Scoop.it

FACT: Nearly one third of Florida's third graders attending public school cannot read at minimally proficient levels. And, sadly, those children are four times more likely to drop out of high school.  In an effort to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade, United Way of Broward County is excited to announce ReadingPals - a three-year initiative focused on engaging, training and deploying volunteer "reading pals" in our community.

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United Way Establishes Education Network: Volunteers Can Search Web Site for Opportunities | United Way Allen County

United Way Establishes Education Network: Volunteers Can Search Web Site for Opportunities | United Way Allen County | United Way | Scoop.it

United Way Establishes Education Network: Volunteers Can Search Web Site for Opportunities      

For Release:            October 31, 2012 Contact:                    Molly Link, United Way, 260.422.4776 (work), 260.418.7218 (cell)

 

United Way Establishes Education Network: Volunteers Can Search Web Site for Opportunities October 31, 2012 (Fort Wayne, Ind.) –

 

United Way of Allen County’s Education Network consists of 16 local early childhood and youth serving agencies who work together to recruit volunteers and share resources. The purpose of the Education Network is to provide individuals who want to volunteer to help children a “one stop shop” of opportunities from which to select. United Way has launched a web site, www.UWEducationNetwork.org, and encourages anyone interested in volunteering to go to the site to sign up. Volunteers can search according to their interests and availability, as well as view a listing of all Education Network partners and submit a volunteer application form directed to the organization(s) of their choice.

 

“United Way’s Education Network is integral to showcasing the many opportunities for volunteerism in our community,” said Todd Stephenson, president and CEO of United Way of Allen County. “We know that getting involved in the community with kids early on and continuing throughout their school years is one of the key ways to help them grow into productive and economically stable adults.” “It’s wonderful for so many organizations to come together through the Education Network,” said Sharon Callender, coordinator of Fort Wayne Community School’s Community Programs, which runs Study Connection.

 

“Not only can we connect with interested volunteers, but we connect with other programs in our community and share ideas and resources.” More than 46 percent of children enter kindergarten unprepared and the most economically challenged kids start school one to two years behind in language and other skills. Statistics also show that nearly 1,000 kids in Allen County do not read at grade level by the end of third grade, an important benchmark to continued academic success.

 

Programs within United Way’s Education Network need volunteers to get involved when and where they can to help change these trends. Individuals wanting to volunteer with United Way or other area programs to help local youth succeed in school and life can visit United Way’s Education Network to find a fitting opportunity at www.UWEducationNetwork.org or contact Ruthie Krueger at 469-4002 or ruthiek@uwacin.org.

 

Education Network partners: Allen County Public Library, Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, CANI Head Start, Catholic Charities, Early Childhood Alliance, Fort Wayne Community Schools Study Connection, Fort Wayne Urban League, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, MLK Montessori School, Renaissance Pointe YMCA, Science Central, Turnstone, United Way of Allen County and Wellspring Interfaith Social Services

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New Haven officials announce first citywide Kindergarten Canvass, engagement campaign.

New Haven officials announce first citywide Kindergarten Canvass, engagement campaign.

 

As part of a new push “to empower parents and build communities of support around students,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr., Superintendent of Schools Reginald Mayo and United Way of Greater New Haven President Jack Healy Friday announced plans to knock on the door of every incoming kindergartner who lives in New Haven to “welcome them to school and encourage parents to be involved in their children’s education.”

 

Volunteers are sought.

 

Training will be provided to volunteers, with additional information after registration. For information about volunteering, cal Joshua Mamis at 203-772-2010. Parents with questions about kindergarten can call Daniel Diaz at 203-946-5087.

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Chrysler Group LLC Challenges Employees to Embrace Volunteerism Focused on Child Hunger

Chrysler Group LLC Challenges Employees to Embrace Volunteerism Focused on Child Hunger | United Way | Scoop.it

Chrysler Group LLC and United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) are teaming up to fight against the epidemic of childhood hunger that has plagued the region in recent years. Chrysler Group is calling its more than 57,000 employees to tap their energy and the company's spirit of volunteerism to help the hungry and to spread understanding and utilization of UWSEM's programs.

 

"We are in a unique position – as a company that has been to hell and back – to provide a beacon of hope," said Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO.  "We can choose to make a positive difference in the world.  It's time for us to help generate a turning point within our community for people in need."

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Staff Profile: Marianne Ali, Director of Job Training and First Helping | DC Central Kitchen

Staff Profile: Marianne Ali, Director of Job Training and First Helping | DC Central Kitchen | United Way | Scoop.it

Marianne Ali has been a member of the DC Central Kitchen family for 15 years, serving as an inspiration and leader to both the staff and students of the Culinary Job Training Program.

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