Volunteers sought to help with income tax prep


By Nicole Fowles - Glad You Asked



AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which suspended operations in Delaware County two years ago during the pandemic, is preparing to return this winter and is looking for volunteers to help restart the service. In the past, volunteers have taken appointments at the Delaware County District Library Orange Branch.

This volunteer-run program provides free, no-strings-attached, income tax preparation to anyone but places a special emphasis on serving senior citizens. Prior to 2020, Tax-Aide volunteers prepared tax returns for more than 1,000 residents each year in Delaware County.

The Delaware County District Library is looking forward to the return of this service to our patrons, which is why we’re partnering with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide to help spread the word for volunteers. Volunteers provide a calm and reassuring hand to people and help make sure clients receive every tax benefit to which they are entitled.

If you’d like to donate your time to help make a meaningful and measurable difference in your neighbors’ lives, consider volunteering. Volunteers come from all backgrounds; no experience is required. Training, a computer, and mentorship are provided – and no one works alone!

For more information or to sign up, please visit www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaidevolunteer, call 888-227-7669 or email [email protected]

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By Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!