Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Changing lives one tax return at a time

Volunteers are the bedrock of the District's Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign and the Campaign is currently seeking volunteers as tax preparers and savings promoters.

Volunteers help bring more than $9 million into the homes of DC’s low-income working families each year.   Each tax return completed by a volunteer preparer can raise a low-income working family’s income by more than $6,000.   That's right:   $6,000.

Savings Promoters and SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach Specialists will help DC residents use their returns to move up the economic ladder by saving a portion of their refunds, enrolling in money management classes and credit counseling, and even applying for nutrition assistance.

Free training is provided to volunteers in January 2011.   Volunteers are asked to commit to one 3-4 hour session per week (primarily evenings and/or weekends) from late January through mid-April (10 weeks) at one of 11 tax sites throughout the Greater Washington, DC area.

More information about volunteering is on the Campaign’s web site or by contacting the DC EITC Campaign’s Volunteer Coordinator, Page Schindler Buchanan, via email or (202) 419-1442 x106.

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