Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Pathfinder HomeOwnership honors volunteers

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center recently held an appreciation dinner on Sunday, April 8, honoring the outstanding volunteers who made the organization’s free tax preparation program a success. More than 40 people attended the thank you celebration at the LaFontaine Center Ballroom.

This year was the ninth year for the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and 1412 tax returns were completed free of charge with 243 families qualifying and receiving over $358,956 in Earned Income Tax Credit and a total of over $1.5 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.

“We are very appreciative of our volunteers for their service and dedication. Over 900 hours of service were given to our community thanks to our 25 volunteers during the 2018 tax season. This program is a wonderful service for both the Huntington and Wabash communities,” 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, Morgan Anderson, Makayla Barrantes, Brianna Fish, Angie Garcia, James Green, Paul Hammel, Linda Holmes, Bill Horoho, Diane Lee, Sierra Lehman, Katya Manna, Logan Mealer, Mason Mills, Elizabeth Moberg, Lisa Ness, Kimberly Overholser, Amber Prather, Rebekah Rose, Tailor Schultheis, Heath Thompson, Christopher Westra and Jan Yost. 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, Huntington City-Township Public Library, Community Foundation of Wabash County, Wabash County United Fund, Intrasect Technologies and 1st Source Bank. The Honeywell Center also donated space for free tax preparation in Wabash.

To sign up to volunteer in 2019 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, front row, from left are Logan Mealer, Taylor Jones, site supervisor, and Cassandra Garcia, site supervisor. Middle row, from left, includes Linda Holmes, Amber Prather, Diane Lee and Lisa Ness. Shown on the back row, from left, are Paul Hammel, Jan Yost, James Green, Angie Garcia, Brianna Fish, Kristy Wall, coordinator, and John Aleman.