Tax Time Is Closing In So Get That Tax Help You Need Before It’s Too Late

Tax-Return---1040For many of us the turn of the year brings with it a dawning unease at the prospect of another Tax Season.  This can be a very stressful time of the year for a lot of people but there is help out there for you if you need it.  Mott Community College will be host to several opportunities to get tax help through VITA – the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.  People making $52,000 or less can go to this IRS sponsored program and get free tax preparation for federal, state, and local tax.  Mott faculty, staff and students who have been certified through the IRS have graciously donated their time to prepare income tax returns for individuals and families from the area that qualify but there are limited dates to get this help and you will need an appointment but this is a fantastic opportunity to get help on your taxes so you will need to act fast.  This is a stressful enough time of year so if you need help, get it, and ease some of the stress you’re under.

Tax Preparation Services

Mott Community College Event Center

FREE with Appointment

Dates – Friday, March 7 and Friday March 21

To schedule an appointment call –

Alana Ferguson, MCC Assistant Professor of Accounting – 810-232-6293

To do your own taxes with the assistance of a VITA volunteer call 810-232-6293 to make an appointment.

There are other sites where you can get tax aid so head to the following link for more info –

Getting Help And Giving Back

There really never is one day or season that is meant for giving to those in need but the winter months can be very taxing on both families and individuals but our area is very lucky to have some wonderful organizations that can help those in need and can give those who have time or means the ability to give back and even some that can help build the next leaders.  These are just a few of the many organizations that help the community, what are some that you like or work with?

Genesee County Community Action Resource Department  – GCCARD

This is an organization that I am personally familiar with and really endorse.  They are – “a county department that can assist people in our community in almost any way necessary.  We assure that the people in need, receive the hope and opportunity they deserve.”  I became acquainted with the organization when I had furniture I no longer needed and GCCARD was able to send a truck out with men that picked up the still usable furniture and I didn’t have to discard items that could still be used.  This organization works with children, the elderly, and the low income and in need and has become a valuable resource in our area.

PH. # 810.232.2185

Resource Genesee

Resource Genesee is another Flint based organization that is focused on helping the public in times of need.  What Resource Genesee does is serve as a clearing house of information if you are in need but it also offers opportunities to the public to become actively involved themselves as volunteers.   One of the wonderful additions that has been made in recent years is that they have provided an easy to remember phone number for those in need that works 24 hours a day and every day of the year and will put you in touch with human or social services in the county.  If you are interested in learning more about their services, or want to look into volunteer opportunities please visit their website.

PH. # 211 – in county calls only.

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee Counties

Another organization that offers volunteer opportunities as well as resources for the needy is Catholic Charities, which works with people of any faith or personal beliefs.  This is an organization that helps to feed and clothe families as well as individuals and which becomes heavily burdened during the holidays.  If you are compelled to volunteer this is a wonderful organization to work with because you can directly see the impact your time and care can have on someone.

PH. # 810.232.9950

Raise It Up! Youth Arts & Awareness

When it comes to working with and guiding teens you won’t find many local organizations more dedicated to creating happy, healthy kids than Raise It Up!  This is an organization that is inspired by and inspires with the arts and which uses frequent public performances as a way to empower and encourage young people to keep growing and keep pushing themselves to succeed.  Through the arts and community projects they are teaching young people to become part of not just the city but of their community and the world at large and are given the tools that will help them become the leaders of tomorrow.

PH: 810.394.3113

These organizations are but the smallest of samples of some of the amazing work that is being done in our area.  There are dozens more that are out there working with and in the community to make this not just a better place to live but the best place to live.  Community isn’t just about seeing what is happening but being a part of what is happening.

What organizations do you work with or want people to know about?

HandsOn Genesee Volunteer Expo Comes to UM-Flint

From HandsOn Genesee

HandsOn Genesee Volunteer ExpoIf you’re looking for a way to make a difference in the community, the HandsOn Genesee Volunteer Expo is one-stop shopping for your next volunteer opportunity.

More than 35 charity and nonprofit groups in need of volunteers will be on hand to talk to those interested in volunteering. The Volunteer Expo runs from 3-7pm, Thursday, Oct. 11 at University of Michigan – Flint’s University Center, which is located next to the Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is also free.

“Last year we had 400 people come through the doors in just four hours, all looking for a way to give back to the community,” said Julia Zaher, Director of HandsOn Genesee. “Visitors can find out how their interests and skills match up with the needs of great nonprofit organizations here.”

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Leadership Genesee program now recruiting participants

FLINT, Michigan — Resource Genesee’s Leadership Genesee program is now recruiting for the 2011-2012 program year. The deadline to apply is August 22, 2011.

Since 1973, the program has provided more than 1,150 participants with opportunities to network with peers, gain a greater awareness of Genesee County issues and resources, develop practical leadership skills, and make a difference in the community.  The program begins September 27, 2011 and will meet monthly through May 2012, culminating with the New Leaders Dinner on May 24, 2012.

“Leadership Genesee is a remarkable organization that encourages future leaders to see the possibilities for making a difference.  Because they encouraged us to do this without promoting a specific agenda, they were masterful in mentoring us to develop relationships, acquire new skills, and apply our efforts to projects that best suited our talents,” said Dr. Tom Ruediger, University of Michigan, Flint, 2010-2011 Leadership Genesee participant.

During the program, participants develop strong relationships with other Genesee County leaders, gain an appreciation of Genesee County’s growth potential, and grow in their knowledge of the local business, non-profit and government sectors. Business leaders understand that prosperous economies are the product of well-developed leaders.

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Lindsey Younger named CEO of Resource Genesee

FLINT, Michigan – The board of directors of Resource Genesee has announced its selection of a new President and CEO for the nonprofit organization. Lindsey Younger, a Flint resident, was promoted to the position this month. Younger has served as Director of Information Services at the nonprofit organization for more than five years.

“Lindsey knows Resource Genesee inside and out. The board has full confidence in her ability to lead the organization and move its mission forward,” said Resource Genesee board chair Diane Lechota.

Younger has served as interim President and CEO since January when the former head of the nonprofit, Dale Weighill, accepted a position with Mott Community College. Weighill ran Resource Genesee for more than 10 years.

Resource Genesee, formerly known as The Resource Center, is the volunteer center for Genesee County, runs an adult leadership program called Leadership Genesee, and has an Information & Referral Hotline where residents call to connect with a wide variety of social services.

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Roll up your sleeves: Volunteer opportunities this weekend

There are plenty of community volunteer events scheduled this weekend. Here are a few courtesy of Julia at Resource Genesee:

BUSH PARK (FENTON) CANOE LAUNCH INSTALLATION: 9am, Sat., May 21. Volunteers needed to help set concrete slabs and/or logs for bank stabilization, move dirt for berms & plantings, build & set bench, and more. Contact: (810)714-2011 or (810)591-0080.

PLANT FLOWERS IN DOWNTOWN FLINT: Join the Flint DDA at 8am Sat., May 21 for coffee & doughnuts followed spring flower planting. Meet in the DDA flat lot, 410 S. Saginaw St. across from UM-Flint. Contact: (810)767-2297.

BONNER PARK CLEAN-UP: 10am-2pm, May 21 at Bonner Park in Flint. Located at Ridgeway and North St. The park is north of E. Pierson Rd. and south of Gracelawn Cemetery. Contact: Joe King, (810)577-4770.

COOK PARK CLEAN-UP: 9:30am-2pm. Saturday, May 21. Come ready to rake, sweep, pick up and clean up Cook Park, located on Averill Avenue next to Perani Arena near Center and Lapeer Roads in Flint. Contact: Jean (810)743-4661 or Everett, (586) 707-3081, [email protected].

FLINT RIVER & COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP:  9am-noon, Saturday, May 21st. Help clean the Flint River and surrounding areas. Wear your boots! Lunch is provided for participants. Register at or contact Suzanne Lossing, [email protected] or (810)767-9491.