From: angie@communityactionduluth.org
To: jfherbertz@lschc.org
Subject: Community Action Duluth mobilized, engaged, and served 2700 people in 2012
Dear Friend,

We would like to begin this month by humbly thanking all of you for your support throughout the year - the time you’ve spent volunteering, your dedication to our mission, your attendance at Big View forums as well as your financial gifts.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to our 2012 Give to the Max Day donors who helped us raise nearly $1,500 last month - thank you! If you did not have a chance to donate on Give to the Max Day you can still make a gift in support of our work by clicking here.

Thank you very much for your support,
Angie Miller
Executive Director
Tax Site Welcomes Back Volunteers SNAP Can Stretch Your Food Dollars! Our Amazing Outcomes

On November 29th, we welcomed back our returning Free Tax Site volunteers with a reception at Zeitgeist Arts Café. This outstanding group literally makes our tax service possible; because of them we were able to provide 1600 families with free, easy, tax prep service last year.

Many of the families who get their taxes done with us qualify for credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and many wouldn’t receive everything they have coming to them if not for our free service. These tax credits can be a step toward financial stability for one family; they’re also a boost to our whole city’s economy

Our 2013 season will be starting in just a few short weeks; make your plans now to join us! We need volunteers willing to learn how to prepare taxes, but we also need people just to greet and interview customers. You can find out about all of the opportunities, and see a schedule of volunteer orientations here.

As a newly minted SNAP outreach worker, CAD staffer Sarah Lee is now your easiest connection to food support benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can help you supplement your food-buying budget. This is an entitlement program funded under the federal farm bill, which means that everyone who qualifies gets the benefit, and there are no time limits-the help is there as long as you and your family need it. Income limits are higher than you might think-$1536/month for a single person or $3169 for a family of four.

If you think your family or someone you know might qualify for the benefit Sarah Lee can help you through the application process from screening through the time you start receiving benefits.

You can schedule a consultation with Sarah by contacting her at the CAD office, 218-726-1665 x34 or sarahlee@communityactionduluth.org

The families that worked with us during the last year got a lot done:

  • 65 obtained jobs
  • 100 improved their credit score
  • 70 increased their net income
  • 90 increased their net worth

Community Engagement brought together low-income leaders and the DTA. Together, they made buses more accessible to parents with strollers.

Including the work done in 2011, 11 Duluth Stream Corps members planted 18 thousand trees, removed 7 acres of invasive plant species, and improved 22 miles of streamshore

Ten Seeds of Success employees grew 3000 pounds of produce in 12 garden sites and sold most of it to 70 low income seniors in Lincoln Park.

Congratulations! We look forward to working with each and every one of you in 2013!

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Upcoming Events

Wed | Jan 2

CAD Agency Board Meeting 5pm

Thurs | Jan 3

Tax Site Volunteer Orientation 5:00pm & 7:00pm in the Conference room

Sat | Jan 5

Common Cents: The Money & Homebuyer Class - New Class Starts Today - Runs Saturdays, Jan 5-Jan 26,  8-12noon (Registration required)
Tax Site Volunteer Orientation 1:00pm in the Conference room

Sun | Jan 6

Big View Leadership Team Meeting 2pm

Tues | Jan 8

JANUARY’S Agency Orientation 1pm (Registration required)
Tax Site Volunteer Orientation 5:00pm in the Conference room

Wed | Jan 9

JANUARY’S Agency Orientation 5:30pm (Registration required)
Federal Tax Law training for Free Tax Site tax preparers 5:00-9:00pm, Lake Superior College, Room E2462: Dinner and snacks provided. You only have to attend one evening of federal training.

Thur | Jan 10

Federal Tax Law training for Free Tax Site tax preparers 5:00-9:00pm, Lake Superior College, Room E2462: Dinner and snacks provided. You only have to attend one evening of federal training.

Sat | Jan 12

TaxWise Online training lab for Free Tax Site volunteer tax preparers 9:00am-1:00pm (morning session) or 1:00pm-5:00pm (afternoon session), Lake Superior College, Room S2942. Snacks provided.

Wed | Jan 16

Workshop Wednesday:  EDUCATION 6-8pm “What to Know Before You Go!”  With guests speakers from Lake Superior College (Registration required) 
State Tax Law for Free Tax Site volunteer tax preparers 5:00-9:00pm, Laura MacArthur Elementary School Media Lab, 720 North Central Avenue, Duluth

Sat | Jan 19

TaxWise Online training (make-up session) for Free Tax Site volunteer tax preparers 9:00am-1:00pm, Lake Superior College, Room to be determined. Snacks provided.

Tues | Jan 22

Free Tax Site reviewer training 6:00-8:00pm, Community Action Duluth, 19 N. 21st Avenue West, Duluth.

Wed | Jan 23

TaxWise Online open practice lab for preparers and reviewers 5:00-9:00pm, Laura MacArthur Elementary School Media Lab, 720 North Central Avenue, Duluth

Mon | Jan 28

Laura MacArthur Free Tax Site Opening Day

Tues | Jan 29

Lincoln Park Free Tax Site: Opening Day

Thurs | Jan 31

Big View: Community Engagement Monthly Forums 5:30-8pm at Peace Church
Ordean/United Way Building Free Tax Site Opening Day