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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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United Ways Leading National Grade-Level Reading Network | United Way

United Ways Leading National Grade-Level Reading Network | United Way | United Way | Scoop.it

When we think of the importance of reading, we may not immediately think of high school graduation.  The fact is, 96% of kids who read well by 3rd grade will graduate high school.  That sounds promising, right?  But one in three American fourth graders score below “basic” in the nation’s only national assessment of reading.  That means one in three fourth graders can barely read.  Not good.

 

That’s why it’s heartening to hear about a new national network of communities pushing to increase reading proficiency by 3rd grade, as one strategy to help future generations get a good job. Some 58 – more than one-third – of the 124 communities in the new Grade-Level Reading Communities Network are being led or fueled by United Ways.  Mayors, community foundations, libraries and literacy councils are also at the forefront. See the full list of communities here.

 

What’s exciting about this movement is that leaders and citizens from all walks of life are involved. In Roanoke, one of the communities named as an All-America city recently for its grade-level reading work, everyday people are part of the solution. People are volunteering as reading buddies in child care centers, or reading tutors for students through 3rd grade.   Civic organizations like the Junior League are leading book drives, and people all over the community are stepping up to make sure disadvantaged children have books at school and at home.  The United Way of Roanoke Valley is fueling the volunteerism efforts, as part of its focus on education work.

 

Want to volunteer as a reader for a kid in your community?  Chances are there’s a struggling reader who could use your help.  Check out the options at www.unitedway.org/volunteer.

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