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Volunteers Needed in 2020 for NeighborWorks Umpqua!

Volunteers Needed in 2020 for NeighborWorks Umpqua!

NeighborWorks Umpqua Needs Volunteers for Roseburg, North Bend, and Reedsport Tax Preparation Site

NeighborWorks Umpqua partners with IRS to open Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites

NeighborWorks Umpqua is seeking interested persons to volunteer for their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site for this upcoming tax season in Roseburg, Reedsport, and North Bend. No experience is needed to volunteer, but all interested persons need to commit to volunteer a minimum of 80 hours (40 training hours and 40 tax filing) for any of our sites. After passing the IRS exams to be a volunteer preparer, our volunteers will work as a team to prepare and file taxes for interested individuals.     

“We are honored to have partnered with the IRS to open these sites and serve our community,” explains Becky McKenney, Volunteer Coordinator with NeighborWorks Umpqua. “With these volunteer led tax sites, we are hoping to increase participation in tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that are often missed with self-filing.”   

According to the Senate Majority Office with the Oregon State Legislature, in 2013 – the most recent year of available statistics – Oregon’s participation with EITC was 74 percent, falling well below the 80-percent national average. NeighborWorks Umpqua hopes to increase that number by helping individuals file their taxes and participate in the EITC along with other tax credits that could be missed.  

The tax preparation site in Reedsport will be located at 150 South 20 Street, Reedsport, OR 97467,  our North Bend site will be located at 1611 Virginia Ave #166, North Bend, OR 97459, and our Roseburg site will be located at 730 Cass Street, Roseburg, OR 97470. All of our tax sites will open February 3, 2020, and go through April 13, 2020. Those interested in volunteering should contact Becky at rmckenney@nwumpqua.org or 541-249-5328. NeighborWorks Umpqua is on the lookout for a Site Coordinator for the area from January to April. For more information, visit https://nwumpqua.applytojob.com/apply/eELOvnYBx9/Site-Coordinator-For-The-Volunteer-Income-Tax-Assistance-VITA-Program.

November/December Edition of The Works is here!

November/December Edition of The Works is here!

In this issue:

  • Welcome to the Holiday Issue! Enjoy the photo spread from our year’s work.
  • Get ready for Tax Season with our VITA program!
  • Read about a great donation from Oregon Tree Works
  • Donate before the end of the year!
  • and more!

Click the image below to read our latest!

 

Looking to positively impact your community? Try donating to the Oregon IDA Initiative!

Looking to positively impact your community? Try donating to the Oregon IDA Initiative!

The Oregon IDA Initiative builds hopes and dreams in communities across the state. Oregonians with low incomes work with trusted community-based partners to save money towards a goal, and their hard work is rewarded with a match from Initiative funds. You can help fuel this important work with a donation to the Initiative, which will be matched by a tax credit towards your personal state income tax.

We know that assets are the key to individual, family, and community success. An investment in a home, a small business, an education, or other important asset adds stability and a foundation for success. Supporting the Oregon IDA Initiative means supporting people like Charmaine Reddix, who through her IDA was able to save for and purchase her first home for herself and her two children, and then to graduate from college. Looking towards her future, Charmaine states, “There was a dark tunnel, and now there’s light. It feels like a goal that I’ve accomplished. The possibilities are endless now.”

The Initiative relies totally on the generous support of donors. We are grateful for donations of any amount – from $5 up to the limit of $500,000 worth of tax credits! You can donate by check, online by credit card, or with a donation of stock. Donors receive a tax credit at a rate of 90%. Donating is a great way to pre-pay state taxes while supporting a life-changing program. The Initiative accepts donations by check, wire transfer, credit card, or contributions of stock. You can learn more about the Initiative, the tax credit and donating on the Oregon IDA Initiative website or by reaching out directly to Hannah Waterman, IDA Marketing Manager.

A Welcome Helping Hand

A Welcome Helping Hand

It was a rainy Friday morning when the crew of the local tree service business, Oregon Tree Works, started preparing the site for their latest project, a home surrounded by overgrown trees and greenery. This home is also a part of one of NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Community Development Block Grant repair sites. After meeting with the homeowner earlier this year, our support staff slated the home for a full roof repair. Unfortunately, the thick trees and overgrown lot would have made it impossible to fix the roof. Each property has a tight budget to cover the repairs according to the grant award and it looked like the budget would be used up in the process of clearing a path for the roof repair. Thankfully, Oregon Tree Works was there to help!

“This project is a great way for us to give back to our community,” explained Oregon Tree Works owner, Kody Williams. Kody is an ISA Certified Arborist® and is TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment) qualified. He has an extensive background in forest management and tree care both internationally (New Zealand and Canada) and in Oregon. Kody guarantees the quality of all work conducted by Oregon Tree Works, and takes pride in his team’s ability to tackle difficult jobs safely and efficiently. He formed Oregon Tree Works to provide professional, yet affordable, tree care to residents of Douglas County.

Kody and his team were very thorough in their assessment of the work that needed to be done. They gave a realistic time frame for the work, which fit into the time frame we needed in order to start the roof repair. Kody and his team showed up early and were very professional and respectful, making efficient use of their time on the project. Thanks to Oregon Tree Works’ generous donation of services and time, we are able to continue our plans for the roof repair without delay.

The Oregon Tree Works team donated an estimated $6,000 in tree services to help our CDBG repair staff make room to replace the property owner’s roof. If your business is looking for a way to give back to the local community through a donation of time or service, ask NeighborWorks Umpqua how you can help! We have numerous ways that you can give back to your local community and would be happy to create customized opportunities for your company’s skills and staff. To learn more, reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Becky, at 541-673-4909 or email rmckenney@nwumpqua.org.

Important DreamBuilders Meeting is This Upcoming Tuesday!

Important DreamBuilders Meeting is This Upcoming Tuesday!

NeighborWorks Umpqua is looking for input from interested DreamBuilders about the upcoming Roseburg Build. The original plan included garages for each home in this build project.  It has recently come to our attention that we may gain access to significant funding incentives by replacing individual garages with a common parking lot. We are asking all potential Roseburg DreamBuilders to participate in the discussion by attending our update meeting next Tuesday, November 19th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Douglas County Courthouse Room 310.

Parking Lot Discussion for Roseburg DreamBuilders
Tuesday, November 19th
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Douglas County Courthouse
1036 SE Douglas Ave, Room 310
Roseburg, OR 97470
Email info@nwumpqua.org for any questions.