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Help Mainers living in the Midcoast area make the most of their money

There are many ways to help the Midcoast CA$H Coalition by joining our coalition, volunteering or donating supplies or money.

GIVE

Are you interested in becoming a Midcoast CASH Sponsor?
Please contact us at 207-373-1140, ext 206.

You can also help Midcoast CASH by donating directly to our lead agency, Volunteers of America Northern New England.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer with the Midcoast CA$H coalition and help individuals and families earning under $51,000 get the most of their hard-earned paychecks through free tax preparation and financial asset coaching.

In 2013 our free income tax preparation sites helped households:

  • Save more than $89,600 by avoiding high-priced income tax filing fees and Refund Anticipation Loans, and
  • Access the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is the federal government’s largest anti-poverty program. In 2013 $270,000 worth of Earned Income Tax Credits were returned to the Midcoast Maine economy.
  • Receive $716,488 in federal income tax refunds.
  • Receive education about financial literacy and community resources that can help with basic needs, financial management and asset building.

Help us put money back into our community!
Volunteer for the 2014 tax season…  We need:

  • Tax Preparers: Enjoy working with computers and people? Help prepare taxes while building your resume. Receive free training and become an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer.
  • Coaches or Greeters: Enjoy working with people? Welcome clients to each tax sessions, guide them through check-in forms and help them make the most of their money by telling them about free financial community resources.
  • Outreach help: Enjoy meeting new people and doing presentations? Help spread the word about our program at chamber meetings, professional associations, employee meetings, etc.

Requirements:

  • Attend required training (no experience needed) in December and January (4, 2-hour sessions);
  • Commit to at least 4 or 5 shifts (each is about three hours long, weeknights or Saturday mornings) during the 2014 tax season.
  • Have transportation to the tax sites (in Brunswick, Topsham, Bath, Richmond or Wiscasset)

To volunteer, contact Sharon Ross at Volunteers of America Northern New England, 373-1140, ext. 206 or Sharon.ross@voanne.org.

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