Tri-CAP is looking for volunteers in various capacities. View the openings below to see which need your skills and availability fit best.
Volunteers are needed for Tri-CAP’s VITA Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. We ask volunteers to commit to at least one four-hour shift per week. Little to no experience required. Comprehensive training is provided for all volunteers.
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 stability information that we provide, create pathways for our clients to increase income, build assets and become financially secure.
Volunteering with Tri-CAP provides a variety of benefits.
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.
Provides financial stability support for taxpayers receiving services from Tri-CAP. The FSA meets with each taxpayer to assess the financial stability needs of the taxpayer and provide information and resources as requested by the taxpayer including opening savings, checking, Myra, or pre-paid card accounts.
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. 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.
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. Reviewers 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.
Criminal background checks are done for all tax program volunteers.
Volunteer drivers provide rides using their own private vehicles to residents of Benton, Stearns, Sherburne 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.
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.
Benton County Consumer Representative
Benton County 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.
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.
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