MIDDLETOWN — For the Middlesex United Way to continue operating as a community supporting nonprofit, we must recognize the importance of volunteerism in the next generations. In that spirit, we are proud to host the MIDDLETOWN — With tax season finally wrapped up, the Middlesex United Way is proud to announce another successful year for the Middlesex Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
VITA has a long history of helping low- to moderate- income households file their taxes for free. In spite of significant challenges posed by COVID-19, Middlesex VITA was hugely successful in helping hundreds of local residents this year.
The program adapted its procedures to ensure the health and safety of clients and volunteers. Clients were encouraged to go virtual and utilize a new online platform, which meant that an IRS-certified volunteers would assist online and by phone.
For those without access to technology or in need of more assistance, limited in-person sessions were held at the North End Action Team office for the first time. Middlesex VITA invested in upgraded equipment, including several scanners and laptops, in order to serve as many clients as possible in this new environment.
Offering both virtual and in-person services, Middlesex VITA filed over 360 tax returns. For many clients, filing a return allowed them to receive the Recovery Rebate Credit, also known as stimulus funds. In total, clients received over $360,000 in tax refunds, which is not only good for the taxpayer but local businesses.
“This was a challenging tax year, as both our volunteers and our clients had to learn a new process of tax preparation,” said Jay Keiser, VITA site coordinator. “Fortunately, all parties met the challenge, which resulted in another successful tax year.”
Earlier this month, Middlesex VITA volunteers gathered in Veterans Memorial Park to celebrate their accomplishments for the year. Volunteers were recognized by Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim and Connecticut Association for Human Services’ Director of Asset Building Programs Takima Robinson.
In addition to volunteers, over 10 local organizations were recognized by Keiser, including the Middlesex United Way as a member of the VITA Steering Committee.
Middlesex VITA relies on the support of partners and this year was no different. Their support is just another example of how our community comes together when it matters!
To learn more about the VITA program, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Middlesex United Way at 860-346-8695.
Kevin Wilhelm is president and CEO of Middlesex United Way in Middletown.