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VITA Volunteer Application

Want to learn more about VITA before applying to become a volunteer? Contact Lori Riffer, financial stability manager, at 262-456-6468.

What is vita?

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program staffed by local volunteers to provide free preparation and electronic filing of tax returns.  It's an important service to thousands of individuals and families in this country with low-to-moderate incomes who are eligible for tax credits.

 

Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters, interpreters and tax preparers.
  • Greeters welcome tax filers to the VITA site and ensure that the tax filers have all necessary information to complete their tax returns.
  • Spanish/English bi-lingual interpreters work alongside clients and the preparers for a streamlined process.
  • Tax preparers must complete training and certification at a basic level.  Training is web based, free, and can be completed on your own time, at your own pace.  Optional in-person tax training classes are available the first three Saturdays in January from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

2020 Racine Tax sites

  • Workforce Solutions - 1717 Taylor Ave
  • Knapp Elementary - 2701 17th St
  • Julian Thomas Elementary - 930 Martin Luther King Dr
  • Gateway Technical College - 1001 Main St
  • Case High School - 7345 Washington Ave
  • Racine Public Library - 75 7th St 
Requirements
  • No experience required.
  • Commitment of at least one shift per week during tax season (January 27, 2020 through April 11, 2020).  Three and four hour shifts are available depending on day and location of the VITA site.  We schedule these shifts to maximize the impact of the VITA program in Racine County and to provide consistency at the sites.  If your availability varies from the available shifts, please specify in "notes" section on the application.
  • All volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation session at United Way of Racine offices, 2000 Domanik Dr.
  • All volunteers must consent to and pass a background check conducted by the Racine County Sheriff's Department.
    • Volunteers who do not pass the background check will be notified and will not be placed in a volunteer assignment.
Please complete the information below to secure your spot as a 2020 VITA volunteer!
  • Your application must be completed and submitted in one session. If you navigate away from the page, your progress will not be saved.
  • Please do not complete the application in ALL CAPS or all lower case. 
  • Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required and must be completed in order for your application to be submitted. 
Volunteer information
The information below is necessary in full detail as we are required by law to conduct a background check on all applicants to the VITA program.
You may select more than one option.
Include full address (city, state and zip).
Only one phone number is required; you may enter a second phone number if you have one.
Providing an alternate phone number is optional. Leave this field blank if you do not have an alternate phone number.
Providing a secondary email is optional. Leave this field blank if you do not have a second email address.
Interest in VITA
Please describe.
Please let us know who referred you to the VITA program.
Please let us know your place of employment.
Please let us know what school/college you are attending.
Please share with us your place of worship.
Emergency contact information
The information that you provide in this section will be provided to the school(s) where you volunteer so that they know who to contact on your behalf in the event of an emergency.
Please list any medical conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes) or allergies (bee stings, nuts) that would be pertinent in an emergency situation.
Scheduling information
You may select more than one.
Locations - greeter
If availability does not match the scheduled shift, please state availability in notes section
If availability does not match the scheduled shift, please state availability in notes section
Select your preferred number of shifts per week.
If availability does not match the scheduled shift, please state availability in notes section
Locations - tax preparer and interpreter
If availability does not match the scheduled shift, please state availability in notes section
If availability does not match the scheduled shift, please state availability in notes section
Select your preferred number of shifts per week.
If availability does not match the scheduled shift, please state availability in notes section
Sign up for orientation and tax classes
Orientation
All VITA volunteers are required to attend an orientation before they will be scheduled at a site. Please select one. If you did not volunteer for the 2019 tax season, you are considered a new volunteer for orientation purposes.
Please sign up for the orientation that works best with your schedule. First time VITA volunteers are required to complete one 2 hour orientation. By selecting an orientation you are registering for that session.
By selecting a date you are registering for orientation
In person tax classes
In-person classes are optional.
Use this section to further describe/clarify your scheduling preferences.
Background check
Answering "yes" may not disqualify you from becoming a VITA volunteer. If you answered "yes" to any of the questions below, you must attach supplemental information, including any court records, providing full details.
YesNo
Have you ever been convicted of any crime against children or other persons? *
Have you ever been found by a court in any dependency proceeding to have physically or sexually abused or exploited any minor or vulnerable adult? *
Have you ever been released from prison for any drug-related offense, or have you been convicted of any offense that involved drugs? *
Have you ever been convicted of a crime involving theft, fraud, or tax evasion? *
Have you ever been convicted of any crime-misdemeanor or felony? *
Are any criminal charges currently pending against you? *
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg txt pdf doc docx xls xlsx.
Terms
Please be sure to check both boxes below or your application will not be submitted successfully.
I authorize the investigation of all statements contained herein and understand that any document relevant to this information may be reviewed by the agents of United Way of Racine County. I understand that I may not begin volunteering until the background investigation has been completed. If accepted as a volunteer, I understand that I will be expected to keep in absolute confidence any and all confidential information that comes to my attention as the direct result of my volunteer duties. I certify that the answers given by me in this disclosure statement are complete, true, and correct without misrepresentations or omissions of any kind. I further understand that the making of any false or misleading statement or omission from or on this disclosure form, or any other document, will be used to deny me volunteer work, or if currently volunteering, used to terminate my volunteer status. I consider the request for disclosure of pending charges and convictions ongoing and will notify United Way of Racine County of any changes to the statements contained herein. I understand that United Way of Racine County shall not be held liable in any respect if my volunteering is terminated because of false of incomplete statements, answers or omissions made by me on the disclosure form of any other document. In consideration of United Way of Racine County’s review of the document, I hereby release United Way of Racine County, its Board, its agents, as well as all providers of information from any liability and for any damage which may result from the furnishing and receiving of information. A copy of this authorization and release is as valid as the original and should be recognized as such.
This will confirm that the undersigned, having the sole right to do so, for good and valuable consideration (the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged), grants to United Way of Racine County, to include United Way Worldwide and its affiliated organizations, members, successors, assigns and licensees, a non-exclusive and irrevocable right to photograph, record, reproduce, publish, copyright, or otherwise use my name, photographic portraits or pictures, film, videos, internet postings, or sound recordings or any part thereof that may have been taken of me during United Way events and/or activities in written or electronic format, video or film (Content) for promotional, advertising, or other charitable purposes in any media including the world wide web related to the United Way community impact activities. This also includes any tweets or messages through social media. I acknowledge and agree that nothing contained herein requires United Way to use any Content as described herein. I represent and warrant that the consent of no other third party is required to enable United Way to use the Content as described herein, and that such use will not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third parties. I acknowledge and agree that United Way has the right to assign this agreement and/or the rights herein (in whole or in part) to any party. I acknowledge that its sole remedy for any breach shall be an action for damages, and irrevocably waive any right to obtain equitable or injunctive relief. I waive any right of inspection, preapproval, or claims for compensation. I am of full age and have the right to contract in your own name and have read the above consent and permission and are fully aware of its contents. In the event I am a minor, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required. I will contact United Way of Racine County to make further arrangements. This Consent and Release contains the full and complete understanding between the parties and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings pertaining hereto and cannot be modified except by a writing signed by each party.
After completing the application, click submit once. You will be taken to a confirmation screen. You will also immediately receive an auto-generated confirmation email. If you do not see a confirmation screen, your application has not been submitted. Look for an error message at the top of the page that explains why your application has not been submitted, complete the missing information and click submit again.