Wednesday, November 17, 2010 myBiz Blog
Morgridge Center Update by Katie Coon

This week's Morgridge Center opportunities are great for accounting students looking to help others with income tax preparation and students looking to mentor teens.  Check out these great opportunities.

Promote Financial Independence as a VITA Greeter

Each year the South Madison VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Site provides free income tax preparation to thousands of low-income workers, seniors, and those with disabilities. VITA programs are crucial to people who need their tax refunds to pay bills and meet current expenses. VITA could not work without volunteers like you.

As a VITA Greeter, you would welcome people, direct them, initiate paperwork, answer questions, and connect taxpayers with additional services at the Site. Benefits include recognition, new job skills, and letters of reference.

Time commitment is one three-hour shift once a week, from January 26, 2011 through April 18, 2011. There will be training and an orientation to explain and prepare volunteers for the duties of the position. Application deadline is December 15, 2010.

Contact Ann Lynch, Volunteer Coordinator at (608) 283-1262 or send e-mail inquiries through volunteeryourtime.org.

Consider This: Dane County Dept. of Human Services Teen Life Skills Program

Teenagers in foster care often need a caring mentor/friend to help them make the transition from foster care to independent living. Mentors work with an assigned teenager to assess their skills and follow a program designed to help each teen prepare for independence. Mentors help with such skills as money management, budgeting, the search for housing and employment, and obtaining community services.

Mentors are asked to communicate regularly with their assigned teens either in person or via telephone calls. Mentors may also participate in or help facilitate independent living group meetings with teenagers in foster care. A one year commitment is requested.

For more information about becoming a Mentor, please contact Mary Beth Wilk, at (608) 242-6329, or at wilk@co.dane.wi.us.