Volunteer

Lend a helping hand. 

At Operation: New View CAA, we are dedicated to building stronger communities. The work we do would not be possible without our passionate volunteers. No matter what you’re looking to do, Operation: New View CAA can help identify the volunteer opportunity that is best for you.

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Volunteer with Head Start!

Head Start is looking for volunteers to help out in its classrooms! Volunteers are needed to read books to the children, assist with arts & crafts, assist cooks with meal preparation, and work one-on-one with children needing extra help. Whether you can spend one hour a month or a few hours a week helping out, you can make a difference in a child’s life! Hours are flexible during Head Start center hours, 8:30am to 2:30pm, Tues. – Fri. Volunteers are currently needed through May. Contact Brenda Sullivan at bsullivan@operationnewview.org or (563) 556-5130 ext. 37 to learn more about how you can get involved and volunteer with Head Start.

Want to learn more about our Head Start Program? Click here!

Volunteers may need to pass a background check before beginning their service with this program.


Become a VITA Volunteer!

Title: VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Site Coordinator

Purpose: This position will assist with various activities in the designated VITA Site. Volunteers in area VITA Sites are an essential part of keeping the VITA Program running which enables us to continue to assist low to moderately low income families and individuals with free tax preparation. To learn more about Volunteering with area VITA Sites contact, Evan Stark, Operation: New View; Special Projects Manager at 563-556-5130 ext. 14 or Beverly Maas, Operation: New View; AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer, at 563-556-5130 ext. 19.

Results: This position will allow us to continue to reach low to moderately low income families and individuals and help them get the tax credits they qualify for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

Suggested activities:

  • Attend trainings, take and pass the IRS certification exam.
  • Ensure that information about asset-building and financial education resources are available.
  • Ensure that adequate supplies, forms and equipment are maintained at your site.
  • Verify that all volunteers (including you) have signed and dated form 13615 (Volunteer Standards of Conduct Agreement) prior to working at the VITA Site.
  • Share and monitor adherence to the VITA and QSRA (Quality Site Requirement Alert) with all volunteers.
  • Support volunteers by answering questions, solving problems, and giving feedback.
  • Establish a process to ensure all IRS tax law certified volunteer preparers and quality reviewers are assigned returns within their level of certification and within the scope of the VITA Programs.
  • Monitor volunteers to ensure quality review is being conducted & privacy is maintained.
  • Work with volunteers and taxpayers to address returns that the IRS filing center has rejected.
  • Maintain organized records of tax returns prepared at the VITA site.

Qualifications: People wishing to volunteer in the VITA Program must comply with the IRS VITA guidelines as follows:

  • Receive training in the Volunteer Standards of Conduct.
  • Successfully complete the Site Coordinator exam and VITA tax law exam.
  • Receive advanced level VITA tax preparer certification (preferred, but not necessary).
  • Have basic computer skills (navigating the internet, using email, Excel and Word).
  • Ability to remain friendly, dependable, and flexible.
  • Ability to remain comfortable while working with diverse, low-income, and/or limited English Proficient individuals and families.
  • Have the ability to answer tax law questions as timely and as accurately as possible.

Timeframe: VITA Site Coordinators should be available once per week (preferably 5-9 pm) from February to April. Schedules vary depending on the availability of 2nd Site Coordinator.

Site: To be determined.

Supervision: The VITA site coordinator will convey any questions, comments, or concerns regarding their assigned VITA Site, VITA volunteers (including themselves, back-up coordinator, tax preparers, greeters, and quality control), as well as Tax clients to the Evan Stark, VITA Coordinator.

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • Develop new professional and personal relationships within your community.
  • Add to or create a professional portfolio.
  • Flexible part-time hours.
  • Assist low to moderately low income families and individuals receive tax credits they qualify for.

 

Title: VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Tax Preparer

Purpose: This position will assist with various activities in the designated VITA Site. Volunteers in area VITA Sites are an essential part of keeping the VITA Program running which enables us to continue to assist low to moderately low income families and individuals with free tax preparation. To learn more about Volunteering with area VITA Sites contact, Evan Stark, Operation: New View; Special Projects Manager at 563-556-5130 ext. 14 or Beverly Maas, Operation: New View; AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer, at 563-556-5130 ext. 19.

Results: This position will allow us to continue to reach low to moderately low income families and individuals and help them get the tax credits they qualify for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

Suggested activities:

  • Attend trainings, take and pass the IRS certification exam.
  • Ensure that information about asset-building and financial education resources are available.
  • Ensure that adequate supplies, forms and equipment are maintained at your site.
  • Establish a process to ensure you are assigned returns within your level of certification and within the scope of the VITA Programs.
  • Maintain organized records of tax returns prepared at the VITA site.

Qualifications: People wishing to volunteer in the VITA Program must comply with the IRS VITA guidelines as follows:

  • Receive training in the Volunteer Standards of Conduct.
  • Receive Basic level VITA tax preparer certification (Advanced level preferred, but not necessary).
  • Have basic computer skills (navigating the internet, using email, Excel and Word).
  • Ability to remain friendly, dependable, and flexible.
  • Ability to remain comfortable while working with diverse, low-income, and/or limited English Proficient individuals and families.
  • Have the ability to answer tax law questions as timely and as accurately as possible.

Timeframe: VITA Tax preparers should be available once per week (preferably 5-9 pm) from February to April.

Site: To be determined.

Supervision: The VITA tax preparer  will convey any questions, comments, or concerns regarding their assigned VITA Site, VITA volunteers (including themselves, Site coordinator, back-up coordinator, tax preparers, greeters, and quality control), as well as Tax clients to the Evan Stark, VITA Coordinator.

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • Develop new professional and personal relationships within your community.
  • Add to or create a professional portfolio.
  • Flexible part-time hours.
  • Assist low to moderately low income families and individuals receive tax credits they qualify for.

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Become an Outreach Assistant!

Many people in our community struggle to meet their basic needs. Operation: New View CAA is looking for volunteers to join a dedicated team of Outreach workers who provide food, heat, and hygiene products to people in need. Training will be provided on our programs, how to work effectively with clients, and community resources. Contact Mary Billmeyer at (563) 556-5130 ext. 12 or mbillmeyeroperationnewview.org for information and application.


Volunteer with Santa’s Helper

Interested in sponsoring a family or volunteering for Santa’s Helper? Please contact Mary Billmeyer at (563) 556-5130 ext. 12 or mbillmeyer@operationnewview.org to learn more.

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