Tax-Aide volunteers

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers in Mercer County assist many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned.

Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support. There is need for volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators (greeters), and those who can provide technical and management assistance. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification. Training for these positions will take place in December for 12 hours over two days and in January for 42 hours over seven days. Training takes place at Butler County Community College (BC3) in Linden Pointe in Hermitage. Each year the Mercer County program has several volunteers from Lawrence County and specifically the New Castle area.

The program is offered at five sites in Mercer County. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program.

To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Mary Ellen Bayuk by email at meb5@psu.edu or by phone at 412-916-6923. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.

WaterFire Sharon

SHARON – Volunteers are needed for the Sept. 21 WaterFire Sharon event.

Lots of positions are available.Volunteers are needed for an hour or two or all day.

MORE INFO: Email jstanko@waterfiresharonpa.org

Literacy tutors

GROVE CITY – The Grove City Education Center for Adults will hold an open training for new volunteer literacy tutors on two consecutive Fridays, Oct. 4 and 11.

The training will be held at GCECA’s offices in Grove City from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Anyone wishing to help students studying for the GED in Grove City, Hermitage, Sharon, Farrell and Greenville is encouraged to attend. There is no cost, and all materials will be provided.

Located at 118 S. Center St., Grove City, GCECA is a nonprofit agency that provides free GED classes to adults in Mercer County. It operates in partnership with the BC3 Adult Literacy Department and PA CareerLink Mercer County with support from the Grove City Area United Way.

For more details, contact Edith Anderson at 724-458-7270 or eanderson.gceca@gmail.com.

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