United Way seeks volunteers for income initiatives

The Bristol Observer

October 23, 2014

 

The United Way of West Central Connecticut is seeking volunteers to help with two of its income initiatives: its free tax preparation site and financial coaching programs. The programs serve the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth/Terryville. Volunteers make a real difference in people’s lives.

VITA Program – The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program provides low- to moderate-income workers and families, disabled, and elderly with free tax preparation and filing. With your help, United Way can bring unclaimed tax credits to these individuals, and thus help our community grow and prosper. Tax preparers assist low- to moderate-income wage earners in completing their federal and state tax returns using an online tax software program. Tax preparers receive free training and are certified by the IRS. No tax experience is needed.

VITA Volunteer Requirements: You must be willing to commit four hours per week during the tax season (hours are Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); must be comfortable working with diverse populations; no experience is necessary; all training is provided at no cost by United Way; bilingual volunteers are needed; and some positions require computer use.

Financial Coaching Program – The Financial Coaching Program is designed to help low- to moderate-income individuals address common financial concerns. As a financial coach, you will be given the tools and resources necessary to help individuals and families make smart money choices and improve their personal finances.

Volunteer Financial Coach Requirements: You must attend a volunteer orientation and an eight-hour training course. You must be willing to commit a few hours per month to meet in-person with your client. You must be comfortable working with diverse populations. No experience is necessary. All training is provided at no cost. Bilingual volunteers are needed.

If you are interested in volunteering, call Elizabeth Bohmier at (860) 582-9559 or email ebohmier@uwwestcentralct.org for more information.

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