Volunteer Opportunity

AmeriCorps Member Serving at ShoreUp VITA Program

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ShoreCorps/AmeriCorps | Salisbury, MD
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Start Date

August 15, 2019

End Date

August 14, 2020

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


SHORE UP! is seeking a half-time AmeriCorps Member to help with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program! 

SHORE UP! works with individuals and families on Maryland's Eastern Shore to empower them to be economically self-sufficient. We offer numerous programs in education, employment, housing, family support services, and healthcare, nutrition & disabilities. SHORE UP! also administers a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program which prepares and e-files income tax returns, at no charge, for eligible individuals in Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties. The member will be assigned to work with this program. 

AmeriCorps Member responsibilities will include: 

  • Developing and expanding our community outreach efforts which inform the public about the VITA program. 
  • Developing and expanding our recruitment efforts to obtain volunteers for the tax season who will perform duties related to the completion of income taxes.
  • Managing volunteers in the VITA program.
  • Helping organize the procedures involved with the tax sessions and the dropoff process.
  • If desired, becoming a certified tax preparer themselves and completing tax returns.
  • Helping out where needed during the tax season in such roles as greeting at the tax sessions, taking appointments, and delivering and obtaining signatures for the completed tax returns of those who have dropped off.

AmeriCorps members with SHORE UP! will usually serve during our agency's normal business hours, i. e., Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, but during tax season, members may be asked to serve in the evening or on a weekend.

 Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • Have a strong interest in serving the community
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Able to provide copy of either high school diploma, GED, or college transcript
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be available to attend the tuition-free, mandatory AmeriCorps class at Salisbury University bi-weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Must successfully pass a comprehensive Criminal History Check, which includes FBI fingerprinting
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien
  • Applicants DO NOT need to be college students, anyone from the community who fits the above requirements may participate.

Benefits available to the AmeriCorps Member:

  • Valuable experience
  • A bi-weekly stipend of $252.08
  • An education award of $3,047.50 for future educational expenses or repayment of federal student loans
  • Federal student loan forbearance while in service, with exemption from paying interest accrued during that time
  • 6 tuition-free credits at Salisbury University for completion of training course
  • Access to AmeriCorps Alumni Network

 The member will begin on or after August 15th, 2019 and must complete 900 hours by August 14th, 2020. 

 This position is offered through a partnership with ShoreCorps, the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University. It is contingent upon federal funding and approval of the AmeriCorps office.

 To fill out an application, visit www.salisbury.edu/americorps and click on ‘Become a Member.’

SHORE UP! is seeking a half-time AmeriCorps Member to help with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program! 

SHORE UP! works with individuals and families on Maryland's Eastern Shore to empower them to be economically self-sufficient…

Details at a glance

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Location

520 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804
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