BBC established Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites in Central and Kinsman in 2015.
The idea is simple. Low- and moderate-income families can have their federal income taxes prepared free of charge by a trained volunteer. As a result, families are able to avoid paying costly tax preparation and filing fees as well as refund anticipation loans. Families ultimately keep more of their refund.
BBC’s VITA sites were located at Cornucopia Place, 7201 Kinsman Road in Kinsman and Central Promise Neighborhood Learning Lab, 2617 Central Avenue in Central.
737 Returns were filed at BBC’s VITA sites under the leadership of site coordinator Omelia Thornton. Families having taxes prepared at BBC’s VITA sites received $928,060 in refunds!
We’d like to thank Enterprise Community Partners, PNC Bank, Third Federal Savings and Loan, Citizen’s Bank, and Sisters of Charity for financially supporting our successful first year of the VITA program.
When you went to college, it’s more than likely that you had some questions and faced roadblocks along the way. Wouldn’t it be great to take the knowledge you gained and share it with a college student today to help them on their journey?
College Now’s Mentoring Program is seeking 150+ mentors to be matched with scholarship recipients who will be graduating from high school this spring. Mentors will remain with their mentee throughout their college career, advising them every step of the way. The time commitment, though, is not nearly as demanding as it sounds.
The Mentoring Program is a commitment that takes into account the lives of both mentors and mentees. Mentors and their mentees are required to communicate twice a month through an innovative online platform that enables quick and easy communication and fits easily into already-busy schedules, and face-to-face meetings, which are coordinated by College Now, occur a few times a year.
When you become a mentor, you will join a network comprised of 750 individuals from more than 250 local employers, hone your own leadership skills, and become even more engaged in your community. Most importantly, though, you will be making a difference in the personal and academic life of a young college student. For more information or to become a mentor, please visit www.collegenowgc.org/mentor or contact Mentoring Program Manager, Madeline Rife, at email@example.com or 216-635-0163.
Have you or someone you know always wanted to go back to school to earn your degree, but never knew how? Is going back to college a daunting idea – not to mention, expensive? Luckily, College Now can help with every aspect of your educational journey.
Through April 24, College Now is accepting applications for our Adult Learner Scholarship, which is open to adults ages 19 and older who have either never begun the degree process or have had their education interrupted for one year or more. The scholarship is open from residents in 11 counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumbull. For more information or to apply for the Adult Learner Scholarship, follow this link:
If accepted, applicants can use the scholarship beginning in Fall 2015, and it is renewable for up to five years (10 semesters).
College Now is aware that money isn’t the only concern facing adult learners. Even after you apply for a scholarship, there are still unanswered questions! A quick visit to the Resource Center, located on Level 3 of Tower City, can help keep those worries at bay. College Now staff at the Resource Center can help students fill out applications, find more avenues for financial aid, and even help students identify which postsecondary programs are their best fit. Hear what some of the Resource Center clients have to say about the services:
Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Incorporated (BBC) is a non-profit neighborhood development organization founded in 1990 that serves most of Cleveland's Ward 5. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for residents of Ward 5 by initiating and cultivating housing, retail, employment, and recreation opportunities through effective partnerships with residents, community groups, government, corporations and institutions.