Thursday, May 25th, 2017

HomeOwnership Center honors volunteers

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, a NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, recently held an appreciation dinner honoring the outstanding volunteers who made the organization’s free tax preparation program a success. More than 25 people attended the thank you celebration.

This year was the eighth year for the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and 1,242 tax returns were completed free of charge with 872 families qualifying and receiving over $416,000 in Earned Income Tax Credit and a total of over $1.8 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 the 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 dedication. Over 1,100 hours of service were given to our community thanks to our 15 volunteers during the 2017 tax season. We had fewer volunteers this year, but due to their hard work we were still able to provide free tax preparation to over 1,200 families in Huntington and surrounding counties,” stated Justin Barker, director for the Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center.

Volunteers who assisted with the Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center’s Free Tax Preparation program included John Aleman, Jan Baumgartner, Larry Carr, Tyson Dietrich, Sheryl Glancy, Paul Hammel, Linda Holmes, Bill Horoho, Felix Liu, Leah Ness, Logan Patterson, Amber Prather, Michele Santa, Andy Vaught and Seth Walker. Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center would also like to thank 1st Source Bank, the IRS, Rural LISC and United Way of Huntington for funding the program.

To sign up to volunteer in 2018 or for more information on the Free Tax Preparation program, contact Kristy Wall at (260) 355-2510 or via e-mail at kwall@pathfinderservices.org.

Shown on the front row is Kristy Wall. Second row, left to right, are Sheryl Glancy, Logan Patterson, MacKenzie Jennings, Amber Prather and Lindsey Patterson. Back row, from left, includes Paul Hammel, Andy Vaught, Felix Liu, Bill Horoho, Michelle Santa, Jan Baumgartner and John Aleman.