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Mesa VITA volunteers needed for training session by quotes

Mesa VITA volunteers needed for training session

 

Source: VITA volunteers

Volunteer tax preparers are still needed in Mesa for a training session for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) that begins Saturday January 19 at A New Leaf (MesaCAN), 635 E. Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The only experience needed is the spirit of volunteerism! The IRS will provide free training and materials. Basic computer knowledge is a definite plus.

New volunteers will need 20 hours of training to prepare the basic 1040 tax returns and related schedules and know the eligibility rules for claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

 

The other classes are scheduled for January 23, 30 and 31 from 6 p.m. to 9

p.m. Returning volunteer tax preparers need 10 hours of self-study. There is also a need for other volunteers with the VITA program, including greeters, screeners and translators. All volunteers must attend an orientation session Saturday January 26 at the City of Mesa Utility Building, 640 N. Mesa Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon.

VITA offers free tax help to hard working community members who cannot prepare their own tax returns. VITA tax sites will be open in February, March and April at four locations in Mesa: Mesa Community College, Southern and Dobson Campus, Student Union, 1833 W. Southern Ave.; Mesa Community College, Red Mountain Campus, Acacia Village Computer Lab, 2305 N. Power Road; A New Leaf (MesaCAN), 635 E. Broadway and Mercy Housing Villas de Merced, Club House, 520 N. Mesa Drive.

For more information, contact Mesa Human Services Specialist Lisa Wilson at 480-644-5831 or

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) information from CIR
Updated January 2, 2008
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VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a program that provides free tax preparation to benefit individuals with low to moderate income, senior citizens, Non-English speaking persons, and individuals with disabilities. Volunteers prepare basic tax returns at conveniently located community and neighborhood locations. Returns are filed electronically resulting in fast refunds. All training and materials are provided free from the IRS.

Local VITA Impact

In Arizona, millions of EITC dollars were not collected by eligible families. In one hour, you can help a moderate or low-income family collect an average of $1,871 (to a maximum of $4,700) for things like meeting basic needs, purchasing a house or buying a car through your local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program!

Volunteers play a crucial role in EITC campaigns. Free tax preparation sites depend on volunteers and not only do they help working families get the credit(s) they deserve, but also save families the fee charged by professional tax preparers. Last year, volunteers returned more than $7 million impacting more than 10,000 hard working families.

Bill Austin
Scottsdale Job Network
AZhttp, Inc.

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How to Sell Your Value as a Job Seeker. by quotes

How to Sell Your Value as a Job Seeker. Scottsdale Job Network (SJN) is a group of job seekers and others volunteering their time to help them in their career transitions. The group attracts speakers from industry, technology, government, finance, coaching and recruiting to discuss job search fundamentals including developing a marketing plan, writing a resume, networking and interviewing. The value of the SJN lies in the skills, business networks and personal passions of our members. Membership is open to everyone willing to share their skills and anyone interested in local networking or in need of employment transition support. Attendance is required at one meeting to become a member. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032. NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY, JULY 17 Guest speaker: Jack Lindsley, Sandler Sales Institute, How to Sell Your Value as a Job Seeker”

All people, including prospective employers, make judgments about us early in the conversation. Learn how to communicate with a prospective employer in a way that will have them doing a “sales job” on you instead of you on them. ________________________ Scottsdale Job Network (SJN) is a non-profit community group of business leaders and volunteers. We are not a job placement forum, and we do not match candidates to openings nor do we send resumes to employers or recruiters. There is no guarantee of employment either directly through this group or as a result of association with SJN. We do, however, provide education in the job search process and all attendees have the opportunity to meet and work with people who offer support and guidance during employment transition. CONTACT US:

E-mail: info@scottsdalejobnet.com
Voice-mail: (480) 513-1491

Bill Austin
AZhttp, Inc.



Arizona Center for Divorce Education – Free Divorce Seminar by quotes

Arizona Center for Divorce Education – Free Divorce Seminar

OPEN YOUR EYES ABOUT DIVORCE
Educational Seminar – Tuition is: Zero Dollars.

(Scottsdale, AZ – May 23, 2007) – 21 million marriages ended in divorce in 2000. The Arizona Center for Divorce Education, established in 2004, was formed by a group of professionals to help educate and assist individuals and couples with the financial, legal, and emotional issues faced during the divorce process. Thursday June 7th they will be holding a Free Divorce Seminar, where a team of experts will advise on the financial, legal, and emotional pitfalls to avoid during divorce proceedings. Participants will learn how to protect retirement benefits, credit rating, emotional health, and determine a fair division of assets. The seminar is open to the public free of charge, and will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center 5802 E Lincoln Dr Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 in the Brother Anthony Room.

“Divorce can be complicated. The decision to divorce comes with many options and considerations,” Cody Hayes, founder of the Arizona Center for Divorce Education. “The experts at the Arizona Center for Divorce Education address the legal, financial and emotional issues associated with divorce and are dedicated to helping the public become educated on the process in order to better prepare and protect themselves.”

The Arizona Center for Divorce Education is an educational organization comprised of experts in the areas of Arizona divorce law, mental and emotional health/well being, asset protection, credit protection, home and living options, child support, child custody and spousal maintenance. For more information, contact the Arizona Center for Divorce Education at (602) 373-8485 or visit http://www.azcde.org/ to register for their upcoming seminars.



SPECIAL EVENT WORKSHOP – Exploring Your Passion – Putting It To Work by quotes

SPECIAL EVENT WORKSHOP

MON, MAR 26, 8 AM – 2:30 PM

Exploring Your Passion – Putting It To Work

Have you ever awakened in the morning feeling stuck in your job search or in your current position and frustrated that you had no other career options that inspired or motivated you to take action?

The purpose of this one-day workshop is to assist people who may be stuck in their job search or in their current jobs. Often individuals limit themselves to what they “have always done” because it was the career that defined them for many years. They tend to lose sight of the many skills and strengths that they have developed through their life experience.

For those of you who have suspected that you were falling short of your passion or “calling,” this workshop may be of help to you! The program is designed to highlight tools to assist individuals determine where they might be stuck and to begin to identify their strengths, talents and preferences.

Facilitator:  Maria Wojtczak has 20+ years of organization development (OD) experience and worked with a wide range of organizations. She brings extensive experience in the field of adult learning concepts, and in the design and facilitation of adult learning experiences. In her OD practice, Maria coached senior leadership and consulted with senior executives, high-level education personnel, as well as middle management. Maria’s focus, in her consulting practice and in her business, is organizational effectiveness and the development of individuals. Maria is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a member of SJN’s Board.

Pre-registration date extended to March 19:  Seating is limited to 25 participants. Register by sending email confirming your attendance to Chris Payne, cpayne46@cox.net.  Send $20 check (for materials) payable to Scottsdale Job Network at the following address:

Scottsdale Job Network
P.O. Box 25674
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Workshop location:
Catholic Community of the Blessed Sacrament Church
11300 N. 64th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

Lunch:  Bring a sack lunch. 



Job Network by quotes

Job Network:  

If you are looking for a great Job Network, join Scottsdale Job Network for their next meeting, Tuesday, March 20.  Resumes will be reviewed frm 9 to 9:30 am and Katie Pushor, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will present New Tricks in Networking at 9:30.  The meeting will be held at

Temple
Chai,
4645 East Marilyn Road, Phoenix
For more information, go to Scottsdale Job Network



Fair Housing Workshop by quotes

 Fair Housing Workshop

Learn more about fair housing practices and laws at a free two-hour workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 17, at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.

The workshops, sponsored by the city of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department, will explain how fair housing practices apply to apartments, houses, condominiums and mobile home parks.

It is illegal for housing providers to discriminate against tenants, rental applicants or customers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familiar status. Housing providers include landlords, leasing agents, realtors, property managers and others.

Examples of housing discrimination include refusing to show an apartment, condominium or house to an interested minority applicant; having an “all adult” complex, except for senior housing; and building or designing an apartment complex that is not handicap accessible.

Registration is suggested. Call 602-262-7486/voice or 602-534-1557/TTY to register.



Phoenix Arizona – Certification Workshops for Minority, Women and Small Business Owners by quotes

Phoenix Arizona –Certification Workshops for Minority, Women and Small Business Owners

Minority, woman and small business owners in Maricopa County are invited to attend free workshops and learn more about the city of Phoenix business certification programs and how they can provide opportunities for small business economic growth.

The city’s Equal Opportunity Department is offering a yearlong series of monthly educational workshops to help business owners complete the application process for certification with the city as a minority-, woman-owned or small business enterprise. The workshops offer in-depth information about the requirements, process and benefits of becoming certified.

The next workshop will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Longview Community Center, 4040 N. 14th St.

Seating is limited for these presentations. Call the Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department at 602-262-6790/voice or 602/534-1557/TTY to reserve a space.