United Way Effingham has been involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) for the past seven years. This unique program provides free income tax preparation (and electronic filing) for low- to moderate-income taxpayers (generally those who make $55,000 and below).
Last year more than 250 families benefited locally from this service. It is estimated that on average these families saved nearly $250 each because they utilized this program.
This free service is available thanks to the volunteerism of folks like John Kieffer, an Effingham businessman, husband and father. Volunteering with VITA for the past two years, Kieffer has dedicated more than 75 volunteer hours to helping others.
Bonnie Dixon, director of United Way in Effingham County, said, “John is the perfect example of a businessman who actively shows how much he cares about his community – as he also serves on our United Way Effingham Advisory Board.”
United Way salutes John Kieffer as a United Way Everyday Hero.
VITA volunteers come from all walks of life and include professionals, retirees, college students, IRS employees and others who simply want to help taxpayers in their communities. If you are interested in volunteering with this program please contact the United Way – Effingham Service Center at 826-5300 and sign up for the training that will take place in November.
Your donations to United Way help to fund more than 25 health and human service programs in Effingham County. These programs impact the lives of hundreds of families in our community. Their annual fundraising campaign began earlier this month and will continue until Nov 18. More information on United Way is available at www.uwce.org or by calling their local office at 826-5300.