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 firstname.lastname@example.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!