Accounting Aid Society looking for volunteers

- You may not be thinking of taxes right now, but it's always tax time at the Accounting Aid Society, and volunteers are always needed.

"The more volunteers we have, the more impact we get to make and the more people we get to help," says volunteer coordinator Emily Hodge.

She needs about 700 volunteers every year to help low-income families with their taxes. It's a free service that has a big impact on local families - and the volunteers.

"The first day I did it, I had someone in tears, thanking me that they got money they can use to pay off some debt, so they were absolutely excited. So, it was a great experience for me; it wasdefinitely  really rewarding," says Hodge.

Volunteer training takes place in December and January every year.

"They make such a differnece. They come from all walks of life; we have students, retirees, working people," says Marshall Hunt, the director of tax policy and advocacy. "Anyone can be a good volunteer as long as you can deal with people and use a computer."

For students, volunteering helps them gain valuable experience, but they get so much more.

"Whenever you see people benefit from something that you can do, and maybe something that is difficult for someone else, "It's not every day you see yourself being able to do something in that manner," says volunteer Jack Woodberg.

Accounting Aid Society offers financial coaching in addition to tax services. You can learn more at www.accountingaidsociety.org

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