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United Way to host VITA volunteer orientation on Dec. 11

December 3, 2018

HUNTINGTON — By the time Huntington High’s Lillian Ramsier finished her freshman year, she had already earned all of the community service hours she needs to graduate.

She was, as she says, “volun-told” to be part of the United Way of the River Cities’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Ramsier is the daughter of the program’s regional coordinator, Rachel Houston.

“I knew she could do it,” her mother said. “She learned to talk to people, ask difficult questions, do data entry and prepare tax returns. It was a great experience for her.”

Thirty-five tax returns later, Ramsier agrees.

“I know that this will help with my college applications, and it was actually kind of fun,” she said. “Anyone can do it.”

Each year, United Way of the River Cities puts out the call for volunteer tax preparers. Specifically, they are looking for volunteers for the sites in Hamlin, Barboursville and the West End of Huntington.

Houston says for those who want to help but are not interested in preparing tax returns, United Way also is looking for greeters, intake specialists, story collectors, follow-up specialists and computer IT specialists for all of their sites in Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln counties.

“If you would like to help working families keep more of their hard-earned money at tax time, we have a volunteer position for you,” Houston said.

United Way is hosting a VITA Volunteer Orientation from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at their office at 820 Madison Ave., in Huntington.

To register, contact Rachel Houston at 304-523-8929 ext. 111 or rachel.houston@unitedwayrivercities.org or visit their web site www.unitedwevolunteer.org to respond to the volunteer need.

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