Looking for new a way to volunteer your time? Courtney Warden (Alpha Kappa, University of TN, 2004) is the United Way’s Manager of Community Engagement for the Metropolitan Nashville Area. She has shared a wonderful opportunity with our Alumnae Association!
The United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is currently recruiting volunteers to prepare tax returns for free for individuals and families earning less than $57,ooo. Last year, VITA brought $17.1 million in refunds to middle Tennessee, to families that need it the most. It’s a great way to give back to the community and also a great resume builder for younger alumni.
Ways to Volunteer:
Greeter: No training required. Greet clients as they arrive on-site to file their taxes. Assist with signing clients in and ensuring clients have all required documents. (Volunteer Commitment: 2-3 hours per week)
Tax preparation volunteer: Training required, walk clients through tax return filing on a one-on-one basis (Training Commitment: 6-12 hours; Volunteer Commitment: 5 hours 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: 1 hour; Volunteer Commitment: 2-3 hours a 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)