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Free Tax Preparation

Tax season has begun! Once again, Associated Ministries, in partnership with several other local organizations, will offer FREE tax preparation services to low and moderate income taxpayers and seniors at 23 different locations in Pierce County. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Why get your taxes done through VITA? 

  • You will receive help from IRS certified tax preparers, and you are helping people expand their experience and resume to find jobs in the financial field. 
  • Volunteers will help eligible taxpayers claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other similar credits.  A large number of taxpayers who could qualify for the EITC do not claim the credit.
  • It’s free for low and moderate income taxpayers (incomes up to $54,000), and seniors.

Before going to a VITA site, be sure to bring:

  • Income documents such as W2s from all jobs worked, and 1099 forms for other income
  • Documentation of expenses you want to claim, such as child care expenses, home mortgage interest, higher education expenses, and charitable donations
  • Bank account information for refund direct deposit
  • Photo ID for the primary taxpayer (and spouse, if married). 
  • Social Security Cards or ITIN cards for all family members. 

Please note that VITA volunteers are unable to do tax returns for married taxpayers filing separately, or returns with some complex tax situations.

VITA sites are located throughout Pierce County.  Call 2-1-1 or visit www.VolunteerTaxHelp.org to locate a site near you.

Harvesting for Hunger

True to Northwest style, hundreds of people came out even with the threat of rain, to participate in the 36th annual Pierce County Hunger Walk!

Raising thousands of dollars to help fight against hunger in our community, people from throughout the community came together as one, to show they care.  And they are still receiving donations for their part in the walk!

Perhaps you are now thinking, “darn, I wish I could’ve participated”; there is still time to help. For the month of October, we are continuing to raise funds through “Harvesting for Hunger”.  So whether you had to miss the walk this year, or were able to participate but feel lead to do more, you have the opportunity.

Our “Harvesting for Hunger” is a fun way for folks to donate through an interactive poster.  Kids can color the pieces of fruit and vegetables, adults write the amount they will be donating, and then post it on either the tree or basket.

Everybody can participate!  It is a fun way faith communities (especially youth groups), school or civic groups or businesses can show their support in the fight to combat hunger in Pierce County.  All funds raised will go to Emergency Food Network who can take $1 and turn it into $12 worth of food.

The steps to “Harvesting for Hunger” are simple:

  1. a person is selected as the point of contact
  2. posts the poster of their choice (or both if they want!)
  3. advertises the opportunity to either “fill the basket” or “harvest the tree”
  4. collects the money
  5. contacts Michele Cotton at michelec@associatedministries.org to arrange delivery of monetary donations
  6. more people in our community will receive necessary food for themselves and their families!

Downloads of posters and images you can use are available online under the Hunger Walk Resource Tab.  Uniting together to help the most vulnerable in our community is a mission we can all agree on!

Pierce County Council & Executive Candidate Forum

Download Flyer Here

AHC Candidate Forum 
Candidates: 7 Pierce County Council candidates + 2 Pierce County Executive candidates
Moderator: Matt Driscoll, TNT columnist
Co-host: NAMI [National Alliance on Mental Illness] Pierce County
Hors d’oeuvres & beverages will be provided.

To RSVP or for more info, contact Connie Brown, Executive Director
Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
connie@affordablehousingconsortium.org 
253.627.0949, fax 253.627.2160
1323 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma 98405

Community Meeting on Homelessness in Pierce County

As evidenced here http://thesubtimes.com/2016/04/30/unsheltered-homelessness-up-37-in-pierce-county/ and in other articles, Pierce County, like many communities along the West Coast, is experiencing higher numbers of people who are unsheltered.  In response, Pierce County Community Connections and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (www.csh.org) are hosting a weeklong Charrette to hear from experts and hold a community wide discussion on solutions to the issue of people who are homeless and sleeping outside. 

I’d like you to be part of this process by attending one of the day long sessions. One is in Tacoma – on June 21; the other is in Parkland – on June 22. The topics at each will be the same (see attachments for details). You can participate all day or you may choose to attend the session that most suits your interests. Additionally, CSH will be facilitating a feedback session at Bates Technical College 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma from 10:00 to 11:30 on Friday June 24th to provide draft recommendations from the two days of discussion.  

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
9am-5pm
Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
9-9:30 Introduction – Homelessness in Pierce County
9:30-11:30 Permanent & temporary housing options
12:30-2:30 Services including outreach and engagement
3-5 Maximizing Community Resources

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
9am-5pm
Pierce County Library Admin Building
2005 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98466
9-9:30 Introduction – Homelessness in Pierce County
9:30-11:30 Permanent & temporary housing options
12:30-2:30 Services including outreach and engagement
3-5 Maximizing Community Resources

The Charrette is a process that allows for a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and experiences to understand the scope of the problem and come together for solutions. CSH uses a modified fishbowl process to ensure maximum participation among diverse stakeholders. Key experts will have a conversation that will set the stage for a larger group discussion. More information on Charrettes is available here: http://www.csh.org/csh-solutions/community-work/local-planning/charrette-workshops/ .

Space will be limited at each site, so please RSVP as soon as possible to nui.bezaire@csh.org. Light snacks will be offered in the morning and the afternoon, however lunch is on your own. 

 Your participation will make the conversation richer – I hope you can join us.

Pierce County Charrette Flyer June 21-22_Page_1

Pierce County Charrette Flyer June 21-22_Page_2

Community Meeting on Homelessness in Pierce County

As evidenced here http://thesubtimes.com/2016/04/30/unsheltered-homelessness-up-37-in-pierce-county/ and in other articles, Pierce County, like many communities along the West Coast, is experiencing higher numbers of people who are unsheltered.  In response, Pierce County Community Connections and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (www.csh.org) are hosting a weeklong Charrette to hear from experts and hold a community wide discussion on solutions to the issue of people who are homeless and sleeping outside. 

I’d like you to be part of this process by attending one of the day long sessions. One is in Tacoma – on June 21; the other is in Parkland – on June 22. The topics at each will be the same (see attachments for details). You can participate all day or you may choose to attend the session that most suits your interests. Additionally, CSH will be facilitating a feedback session at Bates Technical College 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma from 10:00 to 11:30 on Friday June 24th to provide draft recommendations from the two days of discussion.  

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
9am-5pm
Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
9-9:30 Introduction – Homelessness in Pierce County
9:30-11:30 Permanent & temporary housing options
12:30-2:30 Services including outreach and engagement
3-5 Maximizing Community Resources

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
9am-5pm
Pierce County Library Admin Building
2005 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98466
9-9:30 Introduction – Homelessness in Pierce County
9:30-11:30 Permanent & temporary housing options
12:30-2:30 Services including outreach and engagement
3-5 Maximizing Community Resources

The Charrette is a process that allows for a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and experiences to understand the scope of the problem and come together for solutions. CSH uses a modified fishbowl process to ensure maximum participation among diverse stakeholders. Key experts will have a conversation that will set the stage for a larger group discussion. More information on Charrettes is available here: http://www.csh.org/csh-solutions/community-work/local-planning/charrette-workshops/ .

Space will be limited at each site, so please RSVP as soon as possible to nui.bezaire@csh.org. Light snacks will be offered in the morning and the afternoon, however lunch is on your own. 

 Your participation will make the conversation richer – I hope you can join us.

Pierce County Charrette Flyer June 21-22_Page_1

Pierce County Charrette Flyer June 21-22_Page_2