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AARP FREE Tax Aide sites in Burlington County will be open from February 1st to April 15th

AARP FREE Tax Aide sites in Burlington County will be open from February 1st to April 15th , each site will open on its designated day (see attached listing of the sites, addresses, days, and times). The AARP Tax Program offers free tax help for taxpayers with low and moderate income with special attention to those age 60 and over. Tax payers should bring all appropriate documents with them to the site (for example, photo ID, Social Security card – from Social Security, or other evidence of Social Security number for each person on the tax return, W-2 forms, Medicare card and last Year’s tax return. All sites have Efile availability. There are not income limitations for participation, persons just must have non-complex returns. Persons do not have to be Seniors or AARP members in order to take advantage of this service. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Person Margaret Guellich 856-608-7791

BURLINGTON COUNTY TAX SITES BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2019 Burlington –

Daniel Keegan Recreation Center, 522 Wood Street – Wednesdays- 8:00AM to 12:00PM-Call 609-386-4070 for appointment.

Cinnaminson- Library, 1619 Riverton Road – Mondays (excluding Holidays) 10:00AM to 1:30PM Call 856-829-9340 for appointment

Delanco-Dobbins Memorial Methodist Church, 330 Union Ave. Delanco -Tuesdays and Thursdays- 9:30AM to 2:30PM – Call 856-764-6940 ext 6126 for appointment Marlton-

Evesham Library, 984 Tuckerton Road- Mondays and Wednesdays – 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Thursdays 10:00AM to 3:00PM – Call 856-983-1444 for appointment

Medford Lakes-Vaughn Community House-Tabernacle Road and Powhatan Trail- Tuesdays 8:30 to 12:30, no appointment necessary

Moorestown-Hope Community Church-235 West Main Street – Fridays 9:00AM to 12:45PM – call 856-235-0912 ext 3002 for appointment

Mt. Laurel- Library-100 Walt Whitman Avenue – Fridays 9:30AM to 1:30PM (Closed Good Friday April 14; Alternate date

Wednesday April12) – Call 856-234-7319 ext 333 for appointment

Pemberton-Library-16 Broadway-Browns Mills – Mondays and Tuesdays – 8:00AM to noon. Site will be closed if it snows. Call 609-893-8262 ext 10 for appointment. No walk-ins

Westampton-Main Library-5 pioneer Boulevard – Thursdays 9:00AMto 3:30PM Call 609-267-9660 ext 2 for appointment

Willingboro-Senior Center-429 John F. Kennedy Way-Willingboro-Wednesdays 8:15AM to 1:00PM- Call 609-877-8444 for appointment.

Please bring: Photo ID, Social Security card from Social Security (or other Social Security proof for everyone on the return), last year’s tax return, W-2 forms, Unemployment, pensions (1099R), annuities, interest income, dividends, all other income forms, and all other evidence of deductions if you itemize.

Family Volunteering: The Benefits to Families

Family Volunteering:  The Benefits to Families

 

Through volunteer activities, families enrich their relationships with one another and gain insights into the challenges of other human beings.

 

The following are some benefits to families who volunteer:

 

  • Adults and children share the same goal and a common purpose.

 

  • Children gain opportunities to share their time and talents.

 

  • Children learn self-confidence and acquire new skills.

 

  • Family members encounter people form different cultures and economic backgrounds, and grow as human beings.

 

  • Family members see one another in a new light and with a fresh perspective.

 

  • Family members become better at communicating and more supportive of one another.

 

  • Volunteer experiences carry over into other parts of their lives such as dinner table discussions.

 

  • Children learn the lifelong lesson that by giving to others they put their own problems in perspective.

 

From a publication of Family Matters, a national program of the Points of Light Institute/Hands On Network, designed to strengthen families and to help solve serious social problems in communities through family volunteering.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AS A VOLUNTEER?

When looking for a place to volunteer, how do you know whether a particular organization is likely to provide a positive experience where your abilities will be well utilized? While there are no guarantees, there are some things to look for: • Does the organization have a volunteer job description clearly defining what you will be doing? If not, is the organization’s contact person able to explain to you what you will be doing? • What kind of training/orientation does the organization provide? • Who will be your supervisor? Will that person be easily accessible to you? • Is there enough for you to do? • Will you be working by yourself or with other volunteers? • Where will you work? Does the organization have a workplace for you? • How does the paid staff respond to volunteers?

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

If you have never volunteered, here are a few tips on how to get started:
Ask yourself the following questions:

• What am I interested in doing as a volunteer?

• Do I want to do something I am good at? What do I want to learn about? Do I want to learn a new skill? Do I want to volunteer in something that is related to my job?

• How much time can I dedicate to volunteering? Do I want to volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly, or episodic basis?

• Do I have an area of expertise that would benefit an organization?

• Would I volunteer in person, or be a volunteer online (cyber-volunteer)? Can I volunteer from home or work? How can I get to the volunteer location?

Once you have answered these questions:

• Contact the Volunteer Center of Burlington County to find a listing of volunteer opportunities and to learn about organizations needing volunteers.

• Call organizations that match your volunteer interest, abilities, and availability.

• Schedule an appointment to meet with the organization’s manager of volunteers.

• Ensure that you have a good match between the organization and yourself before you begin to volunteer.

• Complete any paperwork (application, background check, etc.) needed in order to volunteer.