November 14, 2013

Washington, PA — Community Action Southwest is currently seeking volunteers in Washington and Greene Counties for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for daytime and evening appointments. The program provides low-to-moderate income households with free income tax filing services, protects them from predatory or expensive filing services and ensures they receive all tax credits for which they are eligible.

Community members interested in learning more about volunteering for the program are invited to attend an upcoming Open House on the following dates at the agency’s two VITA locations:

    • Wednesday, December 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Community Action Southwest office in Washington (150 West Beau Street, Suite 304)
    • Thursday, November 5 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Community Action Southwest office in Waynesburg (58 East Greene Street)

Volunteers are needed for various positions including greeting and screening taxpayers and preparing income tax returns. Volunteers do not need prior experience in tax filing as they receive training and certification through the program. Individuals may volunteer as little as two hours each week and more if their schedule allows.

Last year, VITA Volunteers helped to file 601 income tax returns in Washington and Greene Counties resulting in $599,492 in refunds which were funneled back into the local economy.

VITA is part of the agency’s Community Action WORKS initiative designed to serve its clients in a comprehensive fashion. Addressing adult education, employability, housing and asset development, while creating opportunities and providing support for economic independence is the framework through which client success is realized.

CAS receives funding from both the United Way of Washington County and the Greene County United Way to operate VITA.

For additional information or to RSVP for an open house event, please contact Virginia by telephone at 724-225-9550 x. 427 or by email at