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Jun 21, 2022
Free tax service program returns nearly $3 million to community
MUSKEGON – Goodwill’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Services of West Michigan program processed a total of 1,750 free income tax returns for eligible low- to moderate-income individuals and families this past tax season, resulting in nearly $3 million to the West Michigan community.
Powered by only 20 dedicated, trained, and IRS-certified volunteers, the program served residents in Muskegon and Newaygo counties at six convenient community locations.
“We are truly grateful for our amazing volunteers who make this program possible every year, and for our generous funding partners and community collaborators for their support,” Tax Program Coordinator Amanda Kitchka said. “Volunteers were down again this year to due to the COVID pandemic but despite the challenges we did not turn anyone away.”
“We thank our volunteers, who generously donated their time to help people maximize their tax returns,” said Goodwill Career Center Manager Carl Lewis. “It’s gratifying work for our volunteers. For many struggling families, these returns have a big impact on their lives.”
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan thanks its VITA support partners and host sites: Muskegon Community College, Hackley Public Library, Muskegon Heights Library, Egleston Branch Library, TrueNorth Community Services, CALL 211, and My Free Taxes.
Funding partners that helped support Goodwill’s VITA program this year included the Internal Revenue Service, United Way of the Lakeshore, Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, and the Fremont Area Community Foundation.
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan is currently seeking volunteer tax preparers for next season.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, or volunteering in one of the various volunteer positions associated with VITA, please contact Goodwill Tax Program Coordinator Amanda Kitchka at (231) 722-7871 x1050 or sign up online at www.vitawestmichigan.org
Success Story: Valerie
Valerie came to Goodwill’s Career Center looking for help in securing a job. She needed to earn money to maintain her livelihood and avoid foreclosure on her home.
Valerie’s advice for others seeking work is to visit the Goodwill Career Center. “I always tell them to call Goodwill,” Valerie said. “I tell them how I was treated. Thank you, LaTonya, personally for helping me.”
Goodwill awarded Barrier Removal and Employment Success grant
Goodwill was recently awarded a $568,595 Barrier Removal and Employment Success (BRES) grant from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) to provide vocational certificate training in HVAC, forklift, and customer service.
Employee Spotlight: Harold Brown
Harold is an exceptional leader who shows kindness and compassion to his team and everyone we serve. As maintenance manager, Harold is a team-player, supportive, and held in high-esteem by his fellow employees. He has been employed at Goodwill for ten years.
Harold reminds us, “Be kind to one another… get up, go to work, treat people with kindness, go home … repeat.”
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Become a Goodwill VITA volunteer!
Goodwill VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers provide free tax assistance to low- to moderate-income workers and families eligible for significant state and federal tax credits.
Make a difference! Help working people claim and keep all the refunds they are entitled to.
No accounting experience required! Volunteers receive FREE IRS training and certification.
Flexible hours! You can volunteer for day, evening, and/or Saturday hours in any of our tax-prep sites.