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Tri-CAP Volunteer Opportunities

Tri-CAP is looking for volunteers in various capacities.

View the openings below to see which need your skills and availability fit best.

Transportation Driver Volunteers

Volunteer drivers provide rides using their own private vehicles to residents of Benton, Stearns and Morrison counties. Passengers are assigned to volunteers by the Tri-CAP dispatch center and may be traveling to medical appointments or a variety of other destinations. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed at the Federal IRS rate and may also be eligible for some meal reimbursements. Our volunteer drivers provide an important service to those in need in the tri-county area. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tri-CAP.

Tri-CAP Board of Directors

The agency is governed by an 18-member volunteer board of directors. Six members of the Board are elected officials; six members are consumer representatives, and six members are public-at-large representatives. These dedicated volunteers set policy for the agency. Find a detailed position description here.

The Board meets monthly on the third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Tri-CAP office in Waite Park. Mileage reimbursements and stipends are available to those who meet low-income criteria.

Current openings:

Community Representative

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the vacancies above, please fill out the application and submit to Lori Schultz.

Advisory Committees

Currently looking for volunteers for Tri-CAP programs advisory committees. Please contact Tri-CAP for additional information about the advisory committees, their purpose, and any current openings.

Tax Assistance Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Tri-CAP’s VITA Free Tax Program. Volunteers will assist clients with tax preparation. We ask volunteers to commit to at least one four-hour shift per week. Little to no experience required.

Tax preparers are required to attend 12 hours of training and complete a test as required by the IRS in order to be certified prior to volunteering.

Training and Tax Site Schedule

Download the Tax Volunteer Application

Why volunteer?

We could not do our work without dedicated volunteers. We believe that an individual’s access to quality tax assistance and financial refunds should not solely depend on one’s ability to pay for them. Our volunteers enable us to provide free and accessible tax and financial services that put 100 percent of refunds in the taxpayers’ pockets, often helping them meet basic needs and begin to save for the future.

The impact of your volunteerism is immediate. You will help customers maximize tax time and the tax credits they are due and deserve – credits that can add up to 40 percent of one’s annual income.

The tax assistance, coupled with financial services that we provide, create pathways for our clients to increase income, build assets and become financially secure.

Results of 2016 tax filing year assistance:

  • Over 2,000 low-income taxpayers received free tax assistance
  • Over $3.6 million in cash refunds returned to low- and moderate-income Minnesota families
  • 107 volunteers donated over 4,000 hour to prepare more than 5,000 tax returns.

Benefits to volunteering

Volunteering with Tri-CAP provides a variety of benefits.

  • Gratifying volunteer work that allows you to develop new skills and gain valuable experience working with diverse customers, volunteers and staff.
  • Improve your community by helping hardworking families increase their income, thus their livelihood.
  • Gain hand-on knowledge of our tax system and improve your tax and financial skills through free training.
  • Build your resume; an excellent opportunity for students and jobseekers to demonstrate experience to employers. Tax preparers and reviewers also become fluent in TaxWise software and obtain IRS VITA certification.

Tax Volunteer Positions Needed

Assistant

Provide customer support and service for taxpayers. The assistant would work closely with the tax site manager to keep the multi-step process running smoothly.

Preparer

Work one-on-one with customers to prepare state and federal tax returns. By doing this, you’ll help the customer access important tax credits.

Reviewer

Provide thorough on-site checks of all tax returns prepared by Tri-CAP’s volunteer tax preparers, ensuring that every return is accurate and complete. The reviewer will work cooperatively with staff and provide support and leadership to other volunteers.

Coordinator

Oversee and manage the day-to-day activities at a Tri-CAP site with the purpose of ensuring that each tax return prepared is accurate and complete. The tax site coordinator should have previous experience at a Tri-CAP site as both a preparer and reviewer.

 


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