Friday, July 19th, 2019

Pathfinder HomeOwnership honors volunteers

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center recently held an appreciation dinner on April 24, honoring the outstanding volunteers who made the organization’s free tax preparation program a success. More than 60 people attended the thank you celebration at Huntington University’s Habecker Dining Commons. Bill Horoho was honored at the dinner for 10 years of service as a volunteer with VITA.

2019 was the 10th year for the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and 1,423 tax returns were completed free of charge with families qualifying and receiving over $358,956 in Earned Income Tax Credit and a total of over $1.4 million in tax refunds. The Earned Income Tax Credit (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 could not exist without our dedicated volunteers. This tax season, over 980 hours of service were given thanks to our 56 volunteers. This is a wonderful service for community members in Huntington, North Manchester and Wabash. We estimate that we saved families a total of $250,448 in fees that they would have paid for tax preparation,” stated Justin Barker, director for the Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center.

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center would also like to thank funders and sponsors of the free tax preparation program including NeighborWorks America, United Way of Huntington County, Rural LISC, PNC, Heartland REMC, Wabash County United Fund and Intrasect Technologies. The Huntington City-Township Public Library and the Thomas Marshall Town Life Center in North Manchester also donated space for free tax preparation in Wabash.

To sign up as a volunteer in 2020 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 in the photo above is Bill Horoho, left, as he accepts a plaque for 10 years of volunteer services to the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Presenting the plaque is Kristy Wall HomeOwnership Counselor and VITA coordinator.