United Way Seeks Volunteers for Income Tax Assistance Program

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is recruiting volunteers to help local families and individuals prepare their tax returns and practice financial responsibility as part of its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Volunteer training will include the opportunity to become an IRS Certified tax preparer. No prior experience is necessary to volunteer.

VITA volunteers will help underserved and at-risk residents prepare and file their taxes at various sites throughout the community Feb. 1-April 15. In-person and online volunteer training will be available, but all volunteers are encouraged to attend this initial session Jan. 5.

United Way is looking for volunteers to serve at various positions, including tax preparers, tax reviewers, financial literacy educators, site greeters, and interpreters.  United Way will provide training and practice filings, which can be a great opportunity for students and young professionals to learn new skills and gain experience. United Way is also searching for bilingual and Spanish speaking volunteers to aid the process. Volunteers are expected to work 5-10 hours a week Feb. 1-April 15. 

For more information and to register to volunteer, visit www.unitedwaysb.org/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-vita or contact Melinda Cabrera mcabrera@unitedwaysb.org 805-965-8591.

VITA Initial Training

Date: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: United Way of Santa Barbara County offices, 320 E. Gutierrez St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.

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