ASMC Holiday Community Service Event - Cleveland Christian Home Gift Drive
The American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) Cleveland Chapter is proud to sponsor a holiday gift drive for the local nonprofit organization, Cleveland Christian Home. Cleveland Christian Home exists to be a haven of hope and healing for children, youth and families struggling with mental illness, abuse and neglect. From the first orphaned children left on the doorstep of their founder in 1900, to the stately orphanage on Lorain Avenue that generations of children called home, to the modern network of services reaching children and families in need across Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Christian Home has remained committed to serving vulnerable children for over 100 years and into the future. For more information, please visit: http://cc-home.org
Please see flyer (below) for a list of gift suggestions. We ask that gifts remain unwrapped and are in new condition. The last day to donate to the ASMC Holiday Gift Drive is Thursday, 12/14. Please contact Lynn Zielaskiewicz for more information and to drop off your donations. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season.
Lynn Zielaskiewicz - Room 1749
ASMC-CL Community Service Committee
ASMC-CL Community Service Opportunity - IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
Please consider donating your time to support the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Since 2005, the Enterprise-led Cuyahoga EITC Coalition, as part of the VITA program, promotes economic prosperity by helping low-income families make use of the earned income tax credit (EITC) and other asset building programs. The EITC is the largest, most effective poverty relief program in the country. It is designed to fill the gap between what low-wage workers earn and what is required to meet the basic needs of their families by providing an increase to their income with a refundable tax credit.
Our free, high-quality tax preparation offers hardworking families an alternative to paid preparers, many of whom assess high filing fees and expensive refund advancement products. With nearly 1 in 5 Cuyahoga County residents living in poverty, it is crucial that taxpayers receive all of the credits due to them and their entire refund, free of filing fees. The Coalition serves families, individuals and seniors from across the County at 25 tax preparation locations. Through client surveys, we know that these refunds are spent locally which benefits the community in which our clients live and work.
Volunteer Tax Preparer Summary:
Description: The beginner tax preparer prepares basic level tax returns.
Time Commitment: Tax Preparers are asked to make a twice per month commitment to a tax site. The length of a volunteer shift varies from 3-5 hours depending on the tax site.
Training: Beginner tax preparers can attend an in person or online training starting in December. All beginner tax preparers are required to pass an ethics test and basic tax law test prior to volunteering.
Steps to Become a Volunteer Tax Preparer:
1. Register for an account on Volunteer Hub. This is where you can register for in-person training events and tax-preparation events once you are certified.
2. There are 2 ways to complete training and testing:
*In-Person Basic Training and Testing – Go online to register for one of our one day interactive tax preparation training events where you will learn basic tax law and the basics of using Taxwise, our tax preparation software, as well as take your Basic Tax Law certification exam. Coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided. Training events are held on Saturdays from 9 am – 4 pm.
*Cuyahoga EITC Coalition Basic and Advanced Training Videos – Watch our easy to navigate video lessons. The video lessons can be found visiting our Information for Volunteers page and then clicking on “Online Training Modules” under Training Resources. Then complete your testing on the VITA/TCE Central website.
3. Send us your 13615:
*In-Person Exam - Once your exam is graded you will receive a confirmation email with directions to view your 13615 – Volunteer Standards of Conduct, which includes the volunteer agreement and your test scores. You will now be able to view and register for tax preparation events.
*Online Exam – Once you complete your exam you will need to send us your 13615. To do so follow these simple instructions:
1. Login to VITA/TCE Central.
2. On the right hand side make sure you check the box “You may sign your Volunteer Agreement electronically by checking this box”.
3. Below that you will see “Click here to open and complete your agreement”.
4. Save and email a copy of your volunteer agreement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Once your exam is processed you will receive a confirmation email with directions to view your 13615 – Volunteer Standards of Conduct, which includes the volunteer agreement and your test
scores. You will now be able to view and register for tax preparation events.
For complete details, please visit:
If you have questions, please contact:
Maggie Campbell: email@example.com Tax Site and Volunteer Support
ASMC-CL Chapter Community Service