Student and faculty volunteers from the School of Business, in cooperation with the Piton Foundation, provided free tax return assistance to 485 community members this spring. A combined total of more than $676,000 was refunded.
Jeanie O’Laughlin, assistant professor of business told the story of one client who was living at La Puente, the homeless shelter, after losing her job and unemployment benefits. “She couldn’t afford to pay to have her taxes done and was so appreciative of our free service.” The service was available to anyone with a family income less than $49,000.
Volunteers underwent 16 hours of training, then made their services available from Jan. 28 through April 15.
A total of 1,103 volunteer hours was contributed by 16 students, 2 spouses, and 5 faculty members. Outstanding volunteers include student Jonathan Archuleta, who gave more than 100 hours; student Torben Walters, 70 hours, and professor Bill Herrman, more than 79 hours.
An appreciation luncheon for Tax Help Colorado participants will be held Monday, May 10, at 11:30 in the SUB banquet room.