Saturday February 18th was the first of 5 Saturdays of our new VITA program. The first client who arrived said that last year she used a “free” commercial software program, only to discover it would cost $80 to file when she got to the end. On our first Saturday, we processed 16 tax returns and clients qualified for over $30,000 in federal and state refunds. We expect to help bring over $100,000 back to area families through the VITA program this year.
VITA volunteers are so dedicated! They have trained for 8 hours and took several tests to get their certification, and yet they are just delighted to help others. Englewood resident, Angela (right) is a VITA volunteer for the second year. Last year she volunteered in Montclair, but is thrilled to help out closer to home. Sanjukta is a first time VITA volunteer from Ridgewood.
Yaoyuan (left) moved to Hackensack from DC 4 months ago. This talented CPA is delighted to help others.
Daniel (right) from Maywood is a first time volunteer, but is already committed to returning next year. Tim is an experienced VITA volunteer from Lyndhurst.
And Bergen Volunteer Center Board Member, Rosemary Ervin might be a retired CPA, but she is staying active and involved by giving back to others. She and Craig Eccles, VITA site coordinator, are helping a client bright and early on a Saturday.
VITA services will be offered every Saturday through March 18th. Call NJ211 for an appointment.
Learn more ways the Bergen Volunteer Center is giving back at bergenvolunteers.org.