RSVP provides tax counseling for seniors and low-income clients
If you are a “numbers person,” you can volunteer to help seniors with their taxes and make a big difference. High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) of Garfield County provides tax counseling and assistance for seniors and low-income clients. Volunteer counselors serve in the Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Silt, Rifle, and Parachute communities. Several counselors are returning and new volunteers have signed up, but the program still needs more. There is also a need for bilingual volunteer counselors. As a valued volunteer, counselors can determine their time commitment and the community in which they volunteer. The program strives to fit into each counselor’s schedule and works to plan a schedule in each community that will be effective for both clients and volunteer advisors. Prospective counselors will receive a six-hour training in January, provided by one of the IRS employees in Glenwood Springs, in the CMC Blake Center, and then have a study period over the next few weeks. Each tax counselor is required to pass a test provided by the IRS. Under certain circumstances, as in the case of a tax accountant who chooses to volunteer to this program in addition to their own tax business, the test can be waived. Tax assistance is available from early February until April 15 to those who qualify. Counselors will work with each individual to file their taxes and document the refunds due. In the past, the tax assistance has been offered at community libraries and/or senior centers, and also at the Blake CMC office. As the schedules and places become more finalized, the program will notify everyone and post signs for those details. A sign-up sheet will be posted in each of the senior centers. Those interested can call for appointments, just as they would to schedule a Traveler ride. If you have an interest in helping seniors and low-income individuals with their tax needs, please contact High Country RSVP Director Cheryl Cain at 947-8462 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Longtime RSVP Director Deb Stewart has retired. Cheryl Cain is the new director of High Country RSVP. Cheryl has worked in many capacities in the Roaring Fork Valley, working with seniors at both Garfield Legal Services and was the social service director at one of the local nursing homes. Call for GarCo humanitarian awards nominationsThere is still time to get your nomination form in for the 17th Annual Garfield County Humanitarian Awards. Fill out the form that has been published in the Post Independent, or call me and I’ll make arrangements to get a form to you. Completed forms are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 6, 2006, c/o Kay Vasilakis, The Post Independent, 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.Kay Vasilakis is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. She can be reached at 945-8515, ext. 513, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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