Volunteer using your Spanish to help Latino families, no experience necessary!

Published

11/02/2018

Start Date

12/29/2018

End Date

04/15/2019

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

El Programa Hispano Catolico
333 Southeast 223rd Avenue
Suite 3
Gresham
Oregon
97030
United States

Description

Would you like to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Oregon's low-income Latino families? You don't need experience, just the desire to help!


Through considerable volunteer support El Programa Hispano Católico in Gresham offers free tax preparation to the Latino community, providing taxpayers a culturally-specific alternative to unlicensed preparers and paying to prepare their basic tax returns. Each season our volunteers assist 1,000 low-income taxpayers secure over $2 million in refunds and with your help we can continue this success! By taking our free training and volunteering just four to five hours per week during tax season you will provide an invaluable service, become part of a like-minded team of people and will gain a unique and meaningful experience to add to your resume.


Trainings begin December 29th and are offered throughout January, with volunteer service running January 23rd to April 15th. Evening and weekend shifts available. We offer the following positions depending on volunteer interest and availability:


Tax Preparer: Receive free training and learn a useful new skill! Attend 30-hour training over (4) Saturdays, December 29th to January 19th and certify to prepare basic personal tax returns with IRS software. Must have intermediate to high level of Spanish. No experience required.


Intake Assistant: Don’t have time for a 30-hour training but still want to help? Assist taxpayers with IRS and agency intake forms. Must have intermediate to high level of Spanish. No experience required. Free 3-hour training provided in January.


Interpreter: Are you an Interpreter wanting to further develop your skill? Provide interpretation services for between taxpayers and Quality Review volunteers. Previous Interpreter experience required, formal training helpful.


Quality Review: Do you know someone with tax experience? No Spanish required! A Quality Reviewer’s main role is to ensure high-quality, accurate preparation and is critical to the success of our program. Continuing Education (CE) credit available.


This program is completely volunteer-based--the more volunteers we receive the more taxpayers we are able to help! Orientations take place throughout November and December. Training spaces can fill quickly, please contact our Site Coordinator Karen Keating kkeating@elprograma.org at your earliest convenience with any questions and interest you have, and to schedule an orientation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

kkeating@elprograma.org

Prospective volunteers may contact our Site Coordinator by phone or e-mail: Karen Keating, kkeating@elprograma.org / (503) 489-6834. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or interest you have, I would be happy to provide you with more information! Orientations will be held throughout November and December. Trainings can fill up quickly, please contact us at your earliest convenience to secure your place. We hope to hear from you soon!


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