Need Something To Do This Winter In Elgin?

by Craig on November 24, 2010

The Center For Economic Progress is looking for volunteers to help prepare tax returns for low income community members so they don’t have to pay someone to do so.

I did this last year, and it was an awesome experience. The volunteers are extremely nice people and those that they help are overwhelmingly appreciative. Overall, it’s a lot of fun and a great way to help the community!

The Center works right out of Elgin’s Gail Borden Public Library and you don’t need any experience. And don’t be put off by the tax preparation; they also need plenty of volunteers to do other things.

Here are the details:

To volunteer at a tax preparation site:

  • No experience is necessary—choose a position to fit your current skills or learn something new.
  • All trainings are provided; classes run in January.
  • Volunteers are asked to donate 20 hours between January and April.
  • About 30 community sites are available throughout Illinois.

Volunteer positions available as…

  • Tax preparers: Work one-on-one with clients to file federal and state tax returns and provide counseling on tax credits and forms.
  • Money management assistants: Provide guidance to tax site clients on direct deposit options and savings products.
  • Tax site assistants: Perform essential non-tax-preparation activities, including client greeting and screening, translating and/or administrative duties.

If you plan on getting or have any questions, I’d love to hear it in the comments!

Craig

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