Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program seeks volunteers

New grant offers $500 stipend to college students

MUSKEGON – Goodwill is urgently seeking more volunteers to help with its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Services for West Michigan program. The program processed 2,748 free income tax returns to eligible low- to moderate-income individuals and families last year resulting in over $3.5 million returned to the West Michigan community. 

“The number of volunteers we recruit is critical to the success of the program. The more volunteers, the more of an impact we can have,” said Goodwill Tax Program Coordinator Carl Lewis. “It can be an incredibly rewarding experience when you are personally helping people receive significant refunds that often help struggling families pay overdue bills and put food on the table.”

This year, thanks to a generous $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Goodwill is offering $500 stipends to eligible college students. “It’s a wonderful learning opportunity for those majoring in finance or accounting,” Lewis said. Interested students can apply on Goodwill’s website at: www.goodwillwm.org/about-us/job-openings.

All volunteers will be fully trained and certified.

Volunteers have multiple service sites and volunteer times to choose from in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana counties. Appointment sites operate at various times Monday through Friday, with a few select sites operating on Saturdays.

PLEASE HELP by donating your time this tax season!
If you are interested volunteering, or want to learn more, please contact Goodwill Tax Program Coordinator Carl Lewis at (231) 722-7871 x1071 or clewis@goodwillwm.org.

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