Volunteers Needed to Help Oregon Families Connect to Life-stabilizing Benefits

You can help significantly improve economic stability for Oregon families by helping them file their taxes and claim benefits, now through mid-April.

Thousands of low-income Oregon families are leaving millions of federal dollars on the table by not filing their tax returns or enrolling with the IRS and claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit, which was expanded for 2021. By volunteering to provide free tax filing assistance, you can help them get the benefits they’re due and move them closer to financial stability for the long run.

Oregon Community Foundation has teamed up with Metropolitan Family Service/CASH Oregon to recruit volunteers for the tax filing season that ends April 18, 2022. Metropolitan Family Service/CASH Oregon staff and volunteers are receiving many more requests for free tax filing assistance than they can meet and are calling on the OCF community for help.

Volunteers need to register for a flexible virtual training (approximately 40 hours), get certified and commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week to assist individuals and families either in person or remotely. Equipment is provided to assist families remotely from your home.

To find out more about volunteering, please contact Madeleine Banks, Volunteer Recruitment and Resources Coordinator at MFS-CASH Oregon: volunteer@cashoregon.org or (503) 243-7765.

More:

  • Watch a brief video on the impact of CASH Oregon’s free tax filing assistance program.
  • Read this story to learn how our statewide strategy to increase eligible families’ access to anti-poverty tax credits can help close the opportunity gap for Oregon kids.