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About the Prosperity Campaign

The Prosperity Campaign is the name we’ve given to our free tax filing project. United Way, in partnership with multiple other agencies and organizations throughout Tampa Bay, is proud to offer free tax preparation services at locations throughout the bay area. Each year we help thousands of people file their federal returns at no cost and ensure they are filed accurately and that taxpayers receive the tax benefits they qualify for. We couldn’t do any of this without hundreds of dedicated volunteers, however! Volunteers are the foundation of the free tax program and serve in various roles, from preparing and e-filing returns to assisting at the door as greeters/intake specialists. As you’ll learn, you don’t need to have had prior experience with preparing tax returns to help out. We provide all of the training you need for whichever role you are interested in. All we ask is that you come ready to learn, ready to meet and work with a wide variety of people, and able to serve for as much of tax season as possible.

Is volunteering with the Prosperity Campaign right for you?

We are committed to providing a quality service to the community, and we also want this to be a meaningful, positive experience for you. We realize that not every volunteer project is “one size fits all.” The following questions can help you determine if working at our free tax sites is the right project for you and something you will truly enjoy.

The following questions will help you determine if volunteering with the Prosperity Campaign is right for you.

Tax Preparers and Tax Site Assistants

1. New tax preparers will need to complete at least eight hours of training and, depending on the filing program utilized, sometimes up to thirty-two hours. Greeters/Intake Specialists will need to complete a brief training and orientation to learn the duties specific to their role. Can you commit to attending all required trainings for your position sometime between October and January?

2. Tax preparers use on-site computers to prepare returns electronically. For tax preparers, are you comfortable using a computer and able to learn new software?

3. Our sites serve a diverse group of clients. Do you enjoy working one-on-one with a wide range of people?

4. At our sites, every day is different. Are you comfortable in a changing environment where you may be asked to take on different tasks as necessary?

5. The families who visit the sites each year- as well as the coordinators who run them- rely on volunteers showing up at the site consistently and giving their best. Can we count on you to work at least one shift a week (typically 2-4 hours) for the duration of tax season and/or to notify your coordinator if you’re unable to do so?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions for the role you are interested in, then the Prosperity Campaign would be a good fit for you! We invite you to take the next step and fill out an application and/or sign up for an orientation.

Apply Here — Job Descriptions

If you want to volunteer in Pinellas County, please click here.

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Day of Caring

How much work can 2,000 volunteers do in one day? A lot, if you ask social service agencies and schools who participated in United Way’s Day of Caring in October.

The volunteers were from companies such as Mosaic and Tech Data, Publix and Allstate, cities in both counties and from the Tampa Bay Rays. They completed 125 projects that ranged from painting and mulching to computer rehab and mock job interviews.

How much is it worth? $341,760.00, using the estimated dollar value of volunteer time from independentsector.org of $21.36 per hour.

Priceless, if you ask the agencies who could not afford to pay to have the projects done. See what it meant to one agency in the article on Community Preschool in this newsletter.

Our workplace fundraising campaign season is in full swing and we’re seeing positive results already. USAA, Gerdau, Citigroup, Clear Channel and GE Aviation are among a few companies who are reporting that they are ahead of goal. Ring Power has started its 50th United Way campaign during its 50th anniversary.

If your campaign has begun and you’ve pledged to help your community, thank you. If it hasn’t, please consider that when you give to United Way, your donations are used where there’s the most need in the community. They’re used wisely and efficiently thanks to oversight by our volunteers. And I’ve come full circle, thanking volunteers for their help, whether it’s weeding or reviewing budgets. We could not do it without you.

In The News

United Way of Tampa Bay’s Day of Caring received news coverage on both sides of the bay last month. Fox 13, Channel 10 News, ABC Action News and the St. Petersburg Times’ tampabay.com covered the volunteers from Allstate who painted interior rooms at Brookwood. The Weekly Challenger and the St. Pete Bulletin Newspaper both ran articles on the volunteers who converged on the Happy Workers Children’s Center in St. Petersburg. Volunteers from Tech Data, Valpak, and Coordinated Child Care cleaned up the buildings and playground, painted, organizing projects and picture hanging. The Tampa Tribune ran an article and photo on the volunteers from PCL and the Tampa FBI office who built a rappel tower and observation deck and cleaned at Camp Brorein, a Cub and Boy Scout camp in Keystone

A Winning Smile

Nancy Lamagna takes a break to smile for the camera. She was part of a group from the City of Clearwater who painted the Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center during the Day of Caring. The photo won the most votes on United Way of Tampa Bay’s Facebook page. Lisa Perkins was the winning photographer and won a visit from the Tampa Bay Lightning for the City of Clearwater. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who submitted photos.