I am very passionate about service to my community; I guess I have the Jesuits at Seattle U to thank for that. I have always wanted to help the members of my community and last year that want became action when I committed to a year of service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. My placement was with United Way Silicon Valley as the Program Coordinator working on the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (EKS - VITA) Program. This program makes an instant and tangible change in the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community by helping get their taxes done. The refund money that these individuals and families get goes to buy food, pay bill, heat their houses and meet other basic needs.
Since 2006, United Way Silicon Valley has lead a coalition of community based groups, churches and other organizations that helps hardworking families prepare their taxes for free and take advantage of various tax credits they qualify for, specifically the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a huge credit that can return more than $5,700 to individuals and families in our community struggling to meet basic needs. Every dollar returned not only helps the individuals and families, but it also helps the community by giving them money to spend, creating jobs and stimulating commerce. The small action of filing taxes creates huge ripples that improve things for everybody.
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