No Experience Necessary!
Every year billions of refundable tax dollars go unclaimed, and Campaign for Working Families (CWF) is on a mission to help low-to-moderate income households claim what is theirs.
For most people, dealing with taxes is intimidating. But low-income families and individuals face unique risks during tax time. For example, many low- and middle-income working families qualify for tax credits to offset taxes and increase income. However, as many as 20% don’t claim these credits because they don’t know about them or how to claim them. That’s a huge missed opportunity.
That’s why CWF offers free tax preparation services to help working families and individuals in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey earning less than $65,000 per year establish financial security. The program helps those who need it most take advantage of all the credits and refunds they qualify for and file their taxes for free.
For example, the average national Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refund in 2019 was $2,504. Missing out on the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and EITC means that families and individuals lose a sizable boost in income that could significantly improve their lives. In addition, the extra money from tax refunds can put them on a path out of poverty.
Why Volunteer with CWF?
1) Poverty Affects Everyone
Poverty doesn’t only affect a small group of people. Poverty has an impact on everyone in the community. Even if you’re fortunate enough to live in comfort, conditions associated with poverty limit an individual’s ability to remain healthy and develop job skills, which decreases their potential to contribute talents, ideas, and labor to the economy, slowing the growth rate of the overall economy.
2) Your Chance to Fight Poverty
We’re looking for volunteers who want to make a real difference in their community and stop the cycle of intergenerational poverty. When you volunteer with CWF, you help put money back in the pockets of people who can’t afford to pay for professional tax preparation and often miss out on much-needed tax breaks and refunds.
3) No Experience is Necessary!
You don’t have to be a tax or financial pro to volunteer with CWF. In fact, you don’t need any experience at all. It takes a few hours of training to start making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. There are many opportunities, including tax preparers, intake specialists, and interns.
4) Volunteers Don’t Go It Alone
Each year, hundreds of in-person and virtual volunteers help bring in over $40 million in tax refunds to our region! That’s millions of dollars that can help a parent pay for child care, a security deposit for a place to live, or pay for other living expenses. In addition, it’s money that can be used for low- and middle-income families and individuals to gain financial stability.
5) Volunteering with CWF Can Help You Build a Network
Volunteering with CWF is a win-win! Not only are you helping the community by bringing millions of dollars back to the community in refunds and saving people from paying exorbitant tax prep fees, but it’s also a great way to build and enhance your network of contacts. In addition, you have the opportunity to work alongside a diverse population of people, develop interpersonal communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills. These skills can be beneficial for students to prepare them for any career.
Become a CWF Volunteer
Make a Difference in Your Community!
There are many great reasons to become a CWF volunteer. We provide free online training and resources to help you participate in a rewarding and fun volunteer experience. In addition, your friendly smile and kind demeanor can go a long way in helping people break the cycle of poverty. So check out CWF volunteer opportunities and sign up for an info session today! Everyone can make a difference!