CASH (Creating Assets, Savings & Hope) is a volunteer tax preparation organization that trains students as VITAs (Volunteer Income Tax Assistants). Our volunteers aim to provide free tax preparation services to low-income families and individuals in the Charlottesville community. Last year, in partnership with United Way, CASH volunteers helped file over 2,400 returns resulting in a direct economic impact of $4 million to the Charlottesville community. Since 2007, the work CASH volunteers have accomplished has resulted in over $29 million of direct economic impact to the Charlottesville community.
What will volunteers do?
Prospective volunteers will attend tax law and tax preparation training sessions throughout the Fall semester. Volunteers will be taught all the necessary skills needed - absolutely no prior tax experience is necessary. At the end of the Fall semester, volunteers will take an IRS-mandated certification exam and become IRS-certified as VITAs (Volunteer Income Tax Assistants). During the Spring semester, our volunteers will be staffed on teams and work at local sites around the area to provide free tax filing services to clients from the community.
When DO I VOLUNTEER?
CASH is a year-long commitment.
There will be six 2-hour training sessions during the Fall semester. New members must be able to attend one of the training dates to be eligible to join the program.
The timing and dates of the other five training sessions will be determined based on volunteers and program directors’ schedules after the volunteer team is selected. Volunteers are expected to attend all required training sessions.
During the Spring semester, students will volunteer weekly with their teams for a chosen shift, beginning in February and ending on April 15th. The shifts are 3 hours long and generally during the evening on weekdays and during the morning on weekends.
why join cash?
CASH strives to provide a well-rounded experience for its volunteers and clients alike. Not only do CASH volunteers receive valuable training to obtain their IRS-certification, but they also have the opportunity to personally impact and interact with individuals in a tangible way. The work of the average volunteer personally results in approximately $60,000 of direct economic impact to the community every tax season. This money is critical to our clients’ financial situations and is often used to pay for bills, groceries, and even rent.
How can I get involved?
Registration opens each semester at 9am on the first day of classes.
All interested students are encouraged to attend one of the Fall semester interest meetings to learn more about the program and application process.
UVA Human Resources Building
914 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22904
UVA Medical Center
999 Grove Street, Charlottesville, VA 22904
UVA Jefferson School Heritage Center
233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
United Way — Jefferson Area Coalition
UVA Law School
UVA Human Resources
UVA Medical Center
IRS SPEC Division
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