Those volunteers were celebrated May 14 for their outstanding contributions during this year’s tax season.
GenNext, a program that encourages people in their 20s and 30s to become involved with United Way through giving and volunteering, hosted the event. GenNexters as well as United Way staff organized an evening of great food, prizes, and games for the volunteers to honour their commitment in helping those in our community who need it most.
“This year’s income tax program was a huge success,” said Michael Cullen, executive director of United Way. “Our numbers indicate that close to 4,000 tax returns were filed thanks to the work of our exceptional volunteers.”
To date, United Way volunteers completed 3,825 and Canada Revenue Agency volunteers completed 462 returns, for a grand total of 4,287 returns completed.
This amounts to a total value to the community of at least $343,000.
“The contribution of these volunteers to the community of Sudbury is tremendous,” said Linda Dupuis, community initiatives manager. “We wanted to do something special to show them our most sincere appreciation.”
United Way has operated the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program since 1997. Over the last nine years, an estimated 30,000 income tax returns have been filed which amounts to an estimated total value of $1.7 million.
The program, offered over the months of March and April, provides the community with trained volunteers to prepare tax returns for low-income families and individuals at no cost.