Volunteer assistance with income tax from Monroe County Community College
Workforce Community Sessions continue
Seasonal Trend Flu and Seasonal Illness
Local Red Cross recruiting needing volunteers
Be a foster parent

Monroe County Community College offers volunteer income tax assistance

Monroe County Community College has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service to provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for low- to moderate-income taxpayers who generally earn $54,000 or less and need assistance preparing their own tax returns.

IRS-certified volunteers will provide free, basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.  Individuals who would like to have their tax returns prepared by IRS-certified volunteers can schedule an appointment through the college’s VITA website at www.monroeccc.edu/taxassist.  An appointment is recommended but not required.  Those who possess basic computer skills can prepare their own federal and state tax returns with assistance, if needed, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Children are not allowed in the tax preparation area and cannot be left unattended in the lobby.

Income tax preparation assistance will be available on Fridays through April 7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Career Technology Center on MCCC’s Main Campus.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. in Monroe.

Please refer to www.monroeccc.edu/taxassist for information on important documents to bring.

Tax preparation assistance is not available for returns for prior years.

 

Workforce Community Sessions continue

Did you miss the WorkReady Manufacturing Community Orientations held at Woodward and Scott High Schools?

Don’t worry – you can hear the same information by attending a WorkReady Manufacturing Orientation at OhioMeansJobs Lucas County (formerly The Source).

These sessions are held every Wednesday at 6 PM and every Friday at 9 AM.  This schedule could change if there are other events planned on these days.

Advance registration is encouraged so register online (be sure to select WorkReady Manufacturing Orientation) or call OhioMeansJobs Lucas County at 419-213-JOBS (5627) and ask to register for WorkReady Manufacturing.

OhioMeansJobs Lucas County is located at 1301 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43604.

Seasonal Trend Flu and Seasonal Illness

With the current busy holiday season, shopping and visiting family and friends may also provide an opportunity for increased spread of seasonal illness.

The Toledo Lucas County Health Department encourages everyone to take steps to promote a safe and healthy holiday.  Everyone should take the following steps to prevent holiday illness:

  • Get a flu shot
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wash hands carefully with soap and water when preparing foods, after using the bathroom, and after a cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill and avoid group activates that might spread illness to others.

Local Red Cross Recruiting Needed Volunteers

The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio  is recruiting volunteers to join its workforce to help families affected by an increase in disasters  caused by severe storms across the country. Volunteers constitute about 90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce. Volunteers make it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a trained Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer, please visit the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org or contact Regional Volunteer Specialist, Diane S. Dixon, CVA, at 419-329-2741 or by email at diane.dixon@redcross.org.

Be a foster parent

Are you someone who loves kids and wants to make a difference in a child’s life? If so, consider becoming a foster parent through Lucas County Children Services (LCCS).  LCCS needs all kinds of individuals to care for all kinds of children, but has a particular need right now for families able to care for groups of brothers and sisters, and for caregivers experienced in working with children with developmental and behavioral challenges. To learn more about becoming a foster parent, call LCCS foster care recruiter Celine Woods at 419-213-3336.