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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program seeks Volunteers in Barbour County

Take an active role in your community and become a tax volunteer — a chance to touch many lives

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in your community?  Here is your chance to lend a helping hand. You can learn to prepare taxes and make a difference at the same time by becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

You will receive quality training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate-income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns.  Every filing season, tax volunteers make a huge difference in their communities by helping prepare millions of tax returns at thousands of free tax prep sites nationwide.  Although over 3.5 million returns were prepared last year, with your help, many more free returns can be completed.

As a tax volunteer, you will be assigned to work with a sponsoring organization. Once you complete your training, you will begin volunteering at a location in your community.  Tax sites are generally open various days, nights and weekends, and the hours are flexible. You will surely find a volunteer site close to you.

Interested?

For additional information and next steps, submit your inquiry now using the Volunteer Sign Up form and you will be one step closer to becoming a VITA or TCE tax volunteer and giving back to your community.  Additionally, you can contact Allie Corcoran, County Extension Coordinator at (334) 687-5688 or corcoja@aces.edu.

As a volunteer, you will get all the specialized training you need, so there is no need to worry if you have limited knowledge of tax law. You can also choose a volunteer role that does not require tax law certification.

There is something for everyone. Here are some of the volunteer roles needed at free tax preparation sites:

Greeter/Screener — as a greeter/screener, you will greet everyone visiting the site. This role is perfect for those who have no interest in preparing tax returns but love socializing and talking to people. You will screen taxpayers to determine the type of assistance they need and confirm they brought all the necessary documents to have their tax returns completed. Tax law certification is not required for this position.

Tax Preparer — after successfully completing your tax law certification, as a volunteer tax preparer, you will provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers using electronic filing software. Tax law certification is required for this volunteer role.

Farmers Market Marketing Workshop

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Would you like to learn how to set up an eye catching and food safe display at the farmers market? How about information on using social media and how it can help promote your farm? The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold marketing classes across Alabama during the month of October. These classes are designed for farmers that grow and sell their own produce. With the season winding down it will be a workshop for the 2018 growing season but we encourage you to come and participate as you get ready for next year. 

There will be several speakers and a wide variety of topics which include: how to set up a market display, food safety for selling produce, marketing ideas, social media for promoting your farm, and the Farmers Market Authority of Alabama will give information on farmers markets in your area. For all participants who sign up through their local office, they will receive a promotional item that they can use to advertise at their local markets. Additionally, for any participants who would like to sign up to accept SNAP vouchers for 2018, if they bring a copy of their social security card and a form of ID they can start the application process. With the increased popularity of farmers markets, local items and healthy food, it’s important to be able to reach your customers and this workshop will give practical tips on selling your products. Contact Allie Corcoran at Barbour County Extension Office to sign up. All workshops will be from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. The schedule is as follows: Barbour County – October 3rd, Macon County – October 11th, Montgomery County – October 13th, Dallas County – October 24th, Wilcox County – October 26th, Hale County – November 2nd. Visit www.aces.edu to learn more about Alabama Cooperative Extension System or other educational workshops.

Produce Safety Training

Mother and daughter buying vegetables in farm produce market.

Produce Safety Alliance Training


Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules
 Intro to Produce Safety
 Worker Health, Hygiene & Training
 Soil Amendments
 Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, & Land Use
 Agricultural Water (Part 1 Produc-tion Water, Part 2 Postharvest Wa-ter)
 Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation
 How to develop a farm food safety plan

PSA Training Agenda
8:00 Welcome and Introductions
8:30 Module 1: Introduction to
Produce Safety
9:30 Module 2: Worker Health &
Hygiene & Training
10:30 Break
11:00 Module 3: Soil Amendments
11:45 Module 4: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & land use
12:30 Lunch—provided
1:15 Module 5: Agricultural Water
Part 1 Production Water
2:15 Part 2 Postharvest Water
3:00 Break
3:15 Module 6: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
4:15 Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
5:00 Final Questions & Evaluations

Location
Farm Center Building 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4 Dothan, AL 36301 November 1, 2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. To Register
Contact: Charlotte Countryman
phone: (334) 693-2363