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Why I Was A VITA Site Coordinator

By Than Tran – VITA Site Coordinator 2017

As a finance major at the University of Washington Tacoma, I realized that in order to be successful in my career, I had to continuously enhance my knowledge and skills. In addition, hands-on experiences are very important for me to get my first job after I graduate from college. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) was a great program, which not only helped me to build my resume, but also gave me a chance to do a meaningful thing to the community which I belong to.

I first started at VITA with a thought of being a tax preparer. However, when Amy, the program director of Pierce County, needed help to manage some tax sites, I thought “why don’t I challenge myself in this role?”. I believed that I could do more, and be more helpful if I took more responsibilities. So I chose to be a site coordinator.

I learned a lot from the experience with VITA. I was able to prepare personal tax returns for most of the people. Whenever I was not sure about anything in a tax return, I could simply just ask my supervisors, they were more than willing to help me out. A site coordinator was a bit busier than a regular tax preparer. I learned how to manage supplies and equipment, to communicate and manage other volunteers, improve my problem-solving skill, and to talk with a client with confidence.  

The working environment at VITA was very friendly and fun.  There was recognition for volunteers who were hard-working or had been with the program for many years. There were some special events where we work with some other organizations such as KeyBank or Sound Outreach, to help hundreds of clients a day. The thing that I enjoyed at VITA was not only what I learned, but also what I felt when I was helping other people. Their thanks and their smiles motivated me to work harder, and to be proud of myself because I was creating values for the community.

VITA gave me a chance to apply the knowledge about personal finance which I had learned at school, and learn some other things that school did not teach me such as using a particular software to prepare tax returns, dealing with problems that arose at the tax site, and creating relationships with great people who could be my references. Every small step helps me to reach my goal in my career in finance. I think that VITA is one of the relevant steps; my thanks for the VITA program. 

To learn more about volunteering for this program, click here.

Care Teams Training: offering compassion and support in times of disaster

Our next Care Team training is happening soon! Please join us for this quarter’s topic, “Boundaries and Self-Care for Caregivers.”

Twelve years ago on August 29th, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana, becoming the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. Hundreds of thousands of people in the hurricane’s path were displaced. To help communities of faith in Pierce County assist evacuees who were relocated here, Associated Ministries created the Care Teams program.

Today, AM continues to help communities of faith prepare to serve in times of disaster. We offer quarterly Care Team trainings to train volunteers to provide emotional, spiritual, and practical support for disaster survivors. Someday, it may be our own community in need. When that happens, will you be ready to help?

This is a free event. Coffee and refreshments served!

RSVP to Wendy Morris, wendym@associatedministries.org, or 253-426-1501.

Paint Tacoma volunteers in action!

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful is a fun way to make our community more beautiful and serve neighbors in need! Each summer Associated Ministries mobilizes volunteers to paint houses for low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly or disabled. Since 1985 more than 2,200 houses have been painted!

This summer, volunteers from 10 workplaces, 8 faith communities, 7 “friends and family” groups, 3 student groups, one labor union, and a host of motivated individuals have joined in to paint 27 houses. Some crews work on a house from start to finish (power-washing, scraping, priming and painting), while others serve for just one day. Whether serving for one day or many, all volunteers are appreciated!

As one homeowner told us, “It feels sooooo great to be pretty in the neighborhood. This is an amazing
program with amazing people!”

For more information about all the programs of Associated Ministries, please visit our website at www.associatedministries.org.

Let’s Beautify Tacoma – Trainings

For the 33rd year, Associated Ministries will be bringing together volunteers to help paint the homes of low-income homeowners.  Through our program, Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful, we have painted nearly 2,200 homes!

Crew leads receive a 2-hour training to review safety, tips for prepping and painting a home, and selection of a project.  Crews are typically 5-15 people, and individuals are welcome to sign up and attend a training as well.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome; younger volunteers must have adult supervision.  Painting typically happens in July and August of each year, but can extend if the weather is cooperative.  All trainings will be held in the garage of Associated Ministries.  To learn more about how to support the program, you can visit www.associatedministries.org/ptpb.

Let’s Beautify Tacoma – Trainings

For the 33rd year, Associated Ministries will be bringing together volunteers to help paint the homes of low-income homeowners.  Through our program, Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful, we have painted nearly 2,200 homes!

Crew leads receive a 2-hour training to review safety, tips for prepping and painting a home, and selection of a project.  Crews are typically 5-15 people, and individuals are welcome to sign up and attend a training as well.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome; younger volunteers must have adult supervision.  Painting typically happens in July and August of each year, but can extend if the weather is cooperative.  All trainings will be held in the garage of Associated Ministries.  To learn more about how to support the program, you can visit www.associatedministries.org/ptpb.

Let’s Beautify Tacoma – Trainings

For the 33rd year, Associated Ministries will be bringing together volunteers to help paint the homes of low-income homeowners.  Through our program, Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful, we have painted nearly 2,200 homes!

Crew leads receive a 2-hour training to review safety, tips for prepping and painting a home, and selection of a project.  Crews are typically 5-15 people, and individuals are welcome to sign up and attend a training as well.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome; younger volunteers must have adult supervision.  Painting typically happens in July and August of each year, but can extend if the weather is cooperative.  All trainings will be held in the garage of Associated Ministries.  To learn more about how to support the program, you can visit www.associatedministries.org/ptpb.

Ready to Serve in Times of Disaster

All of our communities will one day be affected by a disaster – whether natural, such as storms or earthquakes or a volcano erupting as Mt. St. Helens did 37 years ago today, or caused by accidental or deliberate human conduct. When that time comes, will you be ready to help?

Learn more about how you can help in times of disaster at a Care Teams training! Disaster Response Care Teams are groups of trained volunteers who provide support, compassion, and resources to those affected by disasters.  Training and materials are free!

The next Care Team training will take place on:

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9 – 11 AM
Bethlehem Baptist Church
4818 Portland Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98404

The topic is Psychological First Aid – understanding the impact of disasters, and how to be a calming presence and emotional support to survivors. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

For more information visit our website at www.associatedministries.org.

Volunteer with Paint Tacoma

“I cried tears of joy. It looks beautiful. My house is beautiful.”

“On Social Security, I can’t afford to pay someone to paint my house. The volunteers’ help means the world to me.”

 “The crew was awesome. I’d be happy to recommend Paint Tacoma to anyone.”

These are a few of the words of gratitude shared by homeowners served by Paint Tacoma volunteers last year! You, too, can bring joy to low-income homeowners – most of whom are elderly or disabled – by serving as a Paint Tacoma volunteer.

Gather together friends, family, group members or coworkers to form a paint crew, or sign up as an individual and we’ll place you with a paint project. Whether you can serve for one day only, or can work on a project from start to finish, we can use your help!

Not into painting? There are other ways to get involved, from repairs, to supply delivery, to photography. For more information, contact Wendy Morris at wendym@associatedministries.org or 253-426-1501.

Sign up to serve as a Paint Tacoma volunteer today! www.PaintBeautiful.org.

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful Crew Leader Training

Calling all crew leaders for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful!  The dates for crew leader training, which is required for all new crew leaders or those who have not led a crew in 2 years or more, is now scheduled. You are only required to attend one of the trainings, so if you are unable to attend this one, there are other trainings offered on June 23 from 11 am to 1 pm or June 25 from 10 am – noon.  All trainings are held at Associated Ministries.

For more information on volunteering, visit our website at www.paintbeautiful.org or call Wendy Morris at 253-383-3056 ext. 117 or wendym@associatedministries.org.

Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful Crew Leader Training

Calling all crew leaders for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful!  The dates for crew leader training, which is required for all new crew leaders or those who have not led a crew in 2 years or more, is now scheduled. You are only required to attend one of the trainings so if you are unable to attend this one, there are other dates on June 23 from 11 am to 1 pm or June 30 from 10 am – noon.  All trainings are held at Associated Ministries.

For more information on volunteering, visit our website at www.paintbeautiful.org or call Wendy Morris at 253-383-3056 ext. 117 or wendym@associatedministries.org.

 

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