A Must-Read Memo for Volunteers

To: All volunteers, everywhere From: The bottom of our hearts Subj: Thank you!! Helping people. Helping animals. Helping the environment. Helping make the world a better place. And helping for free because a cause demands it. That’s what volunteers do, all over the world, every day. April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week, and AARP wants to say ‘thank you!’ to each and every volunteer. We see you volunteering in shelters, schools,

10 Weeks of Service: The Life of a Tax-Aide Volunteer

This is a guest post by Jo Ann Jenkins. Jenkins is the president of AARP Foundation. She provides leadership across the Foundation areas of development, litigation, and impact program areas. HELP WANTED:  Looking for someone to prepare individual state and federal tax returns. At least one week of training–and homework — required, along with passing three progressively difficult IRS test levels plus an IRS ethics test and any state-required exams. Must be flexible yet willing to work up to 40+ hours a …

Get Your Taxes Done For Free – Quick and Easy With AARP!

Hola, Jenn from the Comms team here letting you know about a great AARP Foundation program, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. I seriously love this program and our Tax-Aide volunteers. Let me tell you why. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is nationwide. No matter where you live, there is usually a site near you. Sites are open from February 1st through April 15th. Tax-Aide is run by fully trained and IRS-certified volunteers who love their work. Tax-Aide is completely FREE. …

Volunteers Don’t Drive #TinyCars, They Don’t Deserve a Tiny Tax Rate.

Our friends at VolunteerSpot have a brand new campaign everyone should hitch a ride to, #TinyCars!  Honor volunteers this tax season (and show them some love this February) by spreading the word that volunteers don’t deserve a tiny 14 cent tax rate. A little background, Congress set the current 14 cent charitable mileage rate in 1997 when gas cost just $1.30/gallon; unfortunately, it has remained the same since then, while in contrast, the 2011 business rate was set at 55.5 cents for the …

Be a Force for Good on King Day of Service

Astute readers of this blog will recall that, in a recent post, I chided readers to view volunteering as a year-round pursuit, not just something to be done on certain special days of the year. While I am sticking to that stance, a certain special day is upon us so I must chide you to volunteer now, even if only for one day. That day is Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

What can you do for your country?

In the endless spatter of political news and propaganda it is easy to miss important decisions that our leaders might be making. One is a potential cut in social programs to help pay for tax relief. If it’s not already clear how I feel about this, here’s the summary: