Archive for January 2015

What to bring to your VITA appointment

What to bring to your VITA appointment:

Bring all the documents listed below, as applicable to your tax situation:

  1. Photo ID, Social Security Cards & birthdates, or ITIN Letter for everyone named on return
  2. Copies of 2014 federal and state tax returns
  3. All documents regarding income received in 2015: W-2 forms, social security income, pension, unemployment, retirement income, other work forms showing earnings, listing of all cash income
  4. If you are self-employed and eligible, bring receipts for expenses and statements of income.
  5. Interest and dividend statements from banks and investments (Forms 1099)
  6. Home sold in 2015: All records of home sales, including closing statements for original purchase and sale of your home
  7. Stock sales in 2015: All records of stock sales and the date and price of original purchase
  8. Dollar totals by category for medical expenses (doctor, dentist, hospital, prescriptions, parking and miles driven to doctor/dentist)
  9. Itemization of charitable donations (cash and non-cash)
  10. List of volunteer mileage
  11. Amounts paid for day care or afterschool care and provider’s identifying tax number
  12. Education Credits: 1098T statement along with receipts for books, computer & Internet charges. Bring statement from your college about expenses.
  13. Receipts for mortgage interest, personal property tax, real estate tax, vehicle tax
  14. Form(s) 1095 Affordable Health Care Insurance Statement from the Marketplace and if you have dependent(s), bring ALL their income information.
  15. Both spouses must be present to sign joint returns
  16. Bank routing & account numbers such as on a check for direct deposit of eligible refund
  17. Phone number where you can be reached day and night; email address, if available
  18. Any and all information you receive from the IRS

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Compass Center for Women and Families is once again offering FREE income tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This year our VITA program will be held at the Chapel Hill Public Library, located at 100 Library Drive. Click here for eligibility and appointment information, or call our office at 919-968-4610. Please do not call the library.

The VITA program is staffed by IRS trained and certified volunteers to help low to moderate income individuals and families avoid preparation fees and maximize their tax credits. For more information on this year’s VITA program, click here.

Click here for information from the North Carolina Department of Revenue on the filing status of same-sex partners.

For the 2013 VITA assistance period Compass Center helped nearly 300 taxpayers with tax preparation and filing. Clients came from 14 different states and 16 different countries.  With this service Compass Center staff and VITA volunteers helped return approximately $350K back to the Orange County community.

 

Winter Support Group Offerings

Winter Support Group Offerings

Art of Healing Workshop for Survivors of Domestic Violence This Group is offered on the third Saturday of most months. Survivors of intimate partner abuse are invited to participate in these afternoons of art-making, processing, and community. Participants will be gently led through easy art and writing activities with a focus on expression, hope, healing, and strengths. No previous art-making or writing experience is required. Childcare can be offered upon request.

Domestic Violence Support Group: This 8-week group is open to women who have experienced or are currently experiencing abuse including emotional, verbal, economic, sexual, or physical abuse. Topics discussed include dynamics of domestic violence, the relationship between thoughts and feelings, boundaries, managing emotions, self-esteem, and self-care. The group is free. A screening interview is required to determine if the group is a good fit at the present time. Child care can be offered as needed. The next group will begin in January 2015.

Divorce and Separation Support Group: This 8-week group is open to women who have experienced or are contemplating separation and/or divorce. The group will address common issues that women face during this process such as grief, loss, anger, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, legal and financial concerns, parenting/co-parenting issues, and managing change. The focus of the group will be to provide support, encouragement, and information in a safe, nurturing, and confidential environment. A screening interview is required to determine if the group is a good fit at the present time. There is a $40 fee associated with this group, but can be waived as needed. Child care is offered upon request. The next group will begin in February 2015.

Spanish Language Domestic Violence Support Group: This 6-week group is open to Spanish-speaking women who have experienced or are currently experience abuse including emotional, verbal, economic, sexual, or physical abuse. Topics discussed include dynamics of domestic violence, the relationship between thoughts and feelings, boundaries, managing emotions, self-esteem, and self-care. The group is free. A screening interview is required to determine if the group is a good fit at the present time. Child care can be offered as needed. The next group will begin in February 2015. Please contact Claire, our Director of Latino Services, for more information: 919-929-7122 or latinoadvocate@compassctr.org. This group is being offered jointly with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

Self-Esteem Support Group: This 8-week group is open to women who want to work on building their own self-esteem and encouraging others in doing the same through discussion, writing, and expressive arts. The focus of the group will be to provide support, encouragement, and information in a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental, and confidential environment. A screening interview is required to determine if the group is a good fit at the present time. Screenings for this group are on-going. The next group will begin in March 2015.

Survivor-Led Writing Support Group: This 8-week group facilitated by survivors for survivors of domestic violence is being offered through a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission. The group will strive to create a safe place for writing, sharing and exploring different ways of using writing in the service of healing. A screening interview may be required to join the group. The group will begin in late Spring 2015.

If you are interested in any of the groups above, please contact the Support Group Coordinator at 919-929-7122 or groups@compassctr.org

Winter/Spring Volunteer Opportunities

Winter/Spring Volunteer Opportunities

Compass Center is accepting applications for the following volunteer positions! Below is a list of our various positions. Click here to complete an application.

Domestic Violence Hotline Advocates
Hotline advocates assist survivors of domestic and interpersonal violence. We need men and women who are available for daytime shifts, either from 9-1 or 1-5, or overnight shifts on weekdays or weekends. Spanish-speakers are encouraged to apply. A 42-hour comprehensive training program is required for all hotline volunteers.

Spanish-speaking Interpreters/Translators
Our Spanish-speaking interpreters/translators assist with the translation of educational and outreach materials, client affidavits, and/or website content, as well as provide interpreting for our advocates as they provide services to our Spanish-speaking clients. Interpreters must attend a 10-hour training.

First Response Volunteers (FRVs)
First Response Volunteers’ primary responsibility is to act as a first contact to individuals who call or walk into Compass Center. First Response Volunteers offer information and referral advice and provide a welcoming and helpful atmosphere while helping clients access the Center’s programs and services.

Start Strong Facilitators
Start Strong is Compass Center´s primary teen dating violence prevention program offered to 6th and 8th grade health education classrooms in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school district middle schools. Over the course of two 50-minute classroom sessions, this domestic violence primary prevention programming discusses bullying, bystander intervention, unhealthy relationships, abusive relationships, and developing healthy relationships.

For more information, please contact Linda Chamiec-Case, Director of Education Programs at resources@compassctr.orgor Susan Friedman, Director of Domestic Violence Crisis Services at dvvolunteers@compassctr.org.

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