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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.

Playground of Dreams Opening

Ceremony to Celebrate the rebirth of the Playground of Dreams


Please share the exciting news of the grand opening ceremony of the Playground of Dreams.  Here’s a brief schedule:

10:00- Play and welcome

10:30- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:00- Lunch served until all food is gone (hamburgers, water, chips, watermelon)

2:00- Wrap Up

Everyone is welcome to spend the day or just show for the ceremony. If you know anyone who had a part in the construction of the original playground please invite them to attend.

Special thanks to Walmart, Medical Center Barbour, Chamber of Commerce, and Alabama Power for donating lunch items.

Stress Workshop for High School Students and Parents

4-H Talks Stress at workshop

Geni Dean, Barbour County 4-H FREA, recently spoke to a group of Barbour County High School students and parents about teen stress and how to manage it.  This was part of the joint effort between Barbour County 4-H and Barbour County High School to bring career readiness and leadership classes to the local high schools.  If you would like to get your students or school involved in 4-H, please contact the Barbour County Extension Office for more information.

 

Put Your Best Fork Forward

 

By: Helen H Jones, Regional Extension Agent, Human Nutrition, Diet, and Health

Eating healthier does not mean changing your entire eating pattern overnight. Small changes, made over time, can add up. For National Nutrition Month® 2017, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to start small – one forkful at a time, and “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”

Each March, the Academy encourages everyone to focus on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. Whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or selecting when dining out, always “Put Your Best Fork Forward” to help find your healthy eating style.

“How much we eat is as important as what we eat, which is why this year’s National Nutrition Month theme inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Kristi King.

The Academy strives to communicate healthful eating messages that emphasize balancing food and beverages within an individual’s energy needs, rather than focusing on any one specific food or meal. To this end, it is the Academy’s position that improving overall wellbeing requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing lasting and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity.

“It’s important to balance individualized eating plans that include a variety of your favorite, nutritious foods with physical activity most days of the week,” King says. “Registered dietitian nutritionists bring the knowledge and experience to help people find balance and create sustainable solutions that will keep them healthy throughout their entire lives.”