CA$H - Volunteer Interpreter
Join the volunteers who brought over $1.2 million in tax refunds to Greater Portland house-holds last year! CA$H Greater Portland is a partnership of community leaders and industry experts working together to help empower individuals and families to achieve long-term financial stability; we are an initiative of United Way of Greater Portland. CA$H provides outreach and education about ways people can make the most of their money. CA$H offers free tax preparation and asset-building resources to qualified filers during tax season; helps employers bring financial education tools to their employees; and educates hard-working families and individuals about programs in the community to increase their income, reduce debt, and build savings. At CA$H free tax preparation sites, prepare and file federal and state income taxes for free helping clients avoid high-priced income tax filing fees and Refund Anticipation Loans. Participants often learn that they qualify for tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can put thousands of dollars back into their pockets.
Greater Portland is a wonderfully diverse community where many languages are spoken. Interpreters assist CA$H Intake and Asset Guides and Tax Preparers as they interview clients to collect accurate and complete information for income tax preparation and filing, clarifying written and spoken information, and helping to contact clients if follow-up is necessary. Volunteers for all CA$H roles attend an orientation and then training specific to their volunteer role. The Interpreter training takes a couple of hours and is completed on-site at our Goodwill offices with support from our staff. Orientation and training sessions start in November 2016 and are offered through January 15, 2017.
The ideal commitment is 4 shifts during the tax season. However, we certainly aren't going to turn you away if you are only able to volunteer once or twice! Each shift is approx. 4 hours. Shits are available Tuesday, Wednesday, &Thursday 5-9pm, and Saturday 9am-3:30pm, from mid- January through mid-April.
This opportunity is during dinner time, not to worry, we will have food, beverages and seasonal treats on-site to keep our volunteers energized!
If this not the role for you, but you still want to be involved, check out our posts for information about other volunteer positions as a Tax Preparer, Scheduler, Greeter or Intake and Asset Guide.