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Community Connections honors volunteers

Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015

Pathfinder Community Connections NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center recently held an appreciation dinner honoring the volunteers who made the organization’s free tax preparation program a success. More than 30 people attended the thank you celebration held at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University on Thursday, April 30.

2015 was the sixth year for the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and a record 1,461 tax returns were completed free of charge with 380 families qualifying and receiving over $650,000 in Earned Income Tax Credit and a total of nearly $2.1 million in tax refunds. The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC provides tax credits to working adults and families with low or moderate incomes. Money can be used to pay down debts, buy things families need, or can be saved for the future.

“This program is a great benefit to our community and we cannot thank our volunteers enough for their service and time. Our 29 volunteers gave a total of 1,350 hours of service throughout this recent tax season. Our volunteers are the reason we are able to file taxes free of charge for families in and around Huntington County,” stated Beth Stevens, family self-sufficiency coordinator for Pathfinder Community Connections.

Volunteers who assisted with the Pathfinder Community Connections Free Tax Preparation program included Alec Peterson, Alex Hoffman, Andrew Sparger, Bill Horoho, Brittani Florian, Casey Morgan, Curt Stauffer, David P. Shearer, Dia Asumang, Dwight Brautigam, Ezri Stewart, Jan Yost, John Aleman, Kelly Hippensteel, Kyler Mills, Linda Holmes, Lisa Fetters, Nicco Ravenna, Paul Hammel, Renee Neher, Ross Deitrich, Sam Thompson, Sara Cruz, Sara Karst, Scott Stevens, Steven Uhey and Taylor Price.

Pathfinder Community Connections would also like to thank NeighborWorks America, Rural LISC and United Way of Huntington for funding the program. To sign up to have your 2015 taxes prepared starting in early 2016, to volunteer or for more information on the Free Tax Preparation program, contact Beth Stevens at (260) 355-2510 or email at