FORT MYERS — United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades is seeking Hendry County volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program during the 2024 tax season. Volunteer tax preparers, greeters, and Bilingual-Spanish speaking interpreters are needed to provide no-cost tax preparation services in Clewiston and LaBelle for individuals and families earning less than $66,000 per year.
Volunteer tax preparers will receive comprehensive IRS certified training, equipping them with the skills to navigate basic tax returns, use online tax preparation software, and understand tax credits and deductions that benefit eligible taxpayers. Individuals of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to volunteer -- this is a perfect service learning opportunity for high school students. Moreover, experienced professionals such as agents, certified financial planners, attorneys, and non-credentialed tax return preparers can earn continuing education credits while giving back through the VITA program.
Last season, United Way’s VITA program processed 437 returns for Hendry County, saving local taxpayers over $100,000 in tax preparation fees that could then be allocated for essential needs such as food, medical care, housing, daycare, and more. Out of the individuals who volunteered last season, merely two resided in Hendry County. We are urgently seeking volunteers from Hendry County to join VITA, contributing to the community, and ensuring essential resources remain within the local vicinity. By volunteering your time and expertise, you contribute directly to the financial well-being of your neighbors and community members.
The VITA program is run on volunteer power -- volunteers who enjoy working with people and who want to help improve the quality of life for people in our community. No experience is necessary -- just a willingness to help. “Seeing the smiles on our clients’ faces is incredibly rewarding,” says Dave Warner VITA volunteer, “It’s a joy that keeps me coming back, along with the camaraderie of our dedicated team.”
Join the VITA program today! Flexible hours are available January through April every tax season. Training classes for new volunteers begin in December, simply register online at https://UnitedWayLee.org/VITA-Volunteer/, or contact Mary Meador at MaryM@UnitedWayLee.org; 239-433-7206 for additional information.
United Way’s Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer opportunities throughout our community. You can reach the United Way Volunteer Center by calling 239-433-7567, or by visiting United Way’s website at UnitedWayLee.org/Volunteer.