Seeking volunteers for the Central Maine CA$H Coalition

The Central Maine CA$H Coalition is seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season for Kennebec and Somerset Counties.  KVCAP is a key partner in this initiative and next year we will be the lead agency for the VITA program. 

The CA$H Coalition will provide the necessary training.  Tax Preparers come from many walks of life – they do not need to have an accounting background!  The tax returns are prepared using an on-line program called TaxSlayer and the focus is on simpler tax returns.

Central Maine CA$H Volunteer Recruitment FAQs

What is Central Maine CA$H?

  • IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
  • Program provides free federal and state income tax preparation to qualifying residents from February through early May 2024
  • Cover Kennebec and Somerset counties
  • Administered by United Way of Kennebec Valley

What are the volunteer roles available?

  1. Greeter: Welcome and check in tax filers for their appointments, intake interviews
  1. Tax Preparer: Provide tax preparation assistance to qualified tax filers
  1. Financial Educator/Opportunity Guide: Connect filers to financial education and saving opportunities

How do I get involved?

  • The first step is to complete the sign-up form to let us know you’re interested.
  • Some will be in touch about next steps.

I don’t know anything about tax preparation. Would I still be eligible to volunteer?

  • Yes! Free training is provided to volunteers. No experience necessary.
  • There are three different volunteer roles, and only one of them involves direct tax preparation.

What’s the time commitment?

  • Attend training in January
  • 3-hour shift per week, in February and March
  • Could be up to 6 hours if you select Saturdays

Will I volunteer in-person or remotely?

  • Both options may be available, depending on the volunteer role you select. You can let us know which option you prefer, or a mix of both.
  • In-person sites are in Augusta, Waterville and Skowhegan.

What’s the 2024 schedule?

  • Inquire for more information about virtual tax preparation schedule
  • Augusta – Lithgow Library – Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm, February and March
  • Augusta – Calumet Club – Saturday, February 17th, 9am – 3pm
  • Augusta – UMA Fireside Lounge – Saturday, March 23rd, 9am – 3pm
  • Waterville – Waterville Adult Education – Wednesdays, 5-8pm, February (except vacation week), March, and first week in April & Saturdays, 9am – 3pm, February 3rd & March 2nd
  • Skowhegan: Skowhegan Adult Education: Thursdays, 5-8pm, February and March & Saturdays, 9am-3pm, February 10th & March 9th

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Wanda Steward, KVCAP