Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services held an appreciation dinner for all volunteers that made the organization’s free tax preparation program a success. Over 40 people attended the thank you celebration held at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University on Monday, April 22nd.
At the dinner Angela and Casey Morgan received an award for being the Dynamic Duo, Aleksandra Spasic’ for International Superstar, Joana Brenneman for Most Valuable Preparer, and Bill Horoho was recognized for being the Highest Achiever.
“We are extremely grateful for our 26 volunteers who gave 1,170 hours of their time this tax season to make our program a success again this year,” stated Beth Stevens, Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator for Pathfinder Community Connections. “This program would not have been possible without all of the long hours our volunteers put in this year allowing us to prepare over 1,050 taxes for families free of charge! I would also like to thank United Way of Huntington County, NeighborWorks America, and Rural LISC for funding for this program this year,” Stevens concluded.
2013 was the fourth year for the program and 1051 tax returns were completed with 296 families qualifying and receiving over $529,977 in Earned Income Tax Credit and a total of over $1.5 million in tax refunds. The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC, provides tax credits to working adults and families with low or moderate incomes. Money can be used to pay down debts, buy things families need, or can be saved for the future.
Volunteer tax volunteers in the Pathfinder Community Connections Free Tax Preparation program included: John Aleman, Ryan Austin, David Barlow, Jessica Beaty, Karla Borror, Dwight Brautigam, Joanna Brenneman, Megan Dean, Molly Edgel, David Geders, Linda Holmes, Bill Horoho, Erica Isenberg, Tyler Karst, Brian Kirschbaum, Kyle Miller, Angela Morgan, Casey Morgan, Brittany Rooze, Aleksandra Spasic’, Scott Stevens and Jan Yost.
Pathfinder Community Connections would also like to thank the social work students from the classes of Carla MacDonald at Huntington University.
To sign up to have your 2013 taxes prepared starting in 2014 or for more information on the Free Tax Preparation program of Pathfinder Community Connections please contact Beth Stevens at (260) 356-0521 Ext. 3223 or via e-mail at [email protected].