WTIU coverage of Free Community Tax Service

January 31, 2011

Here’s news coverage of United Way Executive Director Barry Lessow and SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare at last Friday’s press conference to announce the Free Community Tax Service being offered at SCCAP and other locations. Check it out by clicking on this link.

The first opportunity at SCCAP for people to have their taxes done for free and to see if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit is tomorrow (Tuesday) from 4 to 7. Service will be first-come, first-served.

For more information, including a complete schedule and list of locations, visit the United Way of Monroe County website or call 211.

EITC Awareness Day press conference today to promote Free Community Tax Service offered by SCCAP and other organizations

January 28, 2011

United Way of Monroe County will be hosting a press conference to announce community-wide efforts to raise awareness of and increase participation in the Free Community Tax Service and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).


•           Barry Lessow, United Way of Monroe County

•           Mayor Mark Kruzan, City of Bloomington

•           Eloise Erickson, Internal Revenue Service

•           Todd Lare, South Central Community Action Program

•           Sara Laughlin, Monroe County Public Library

WHAT:   EITC Awareness Day is a national effort to increase knowledge about the Earned Income Tax Credit. EITC is a financial boost for working people hit by hard economic times, yet is often overlooked by those who need it most.

WHEN:   Friday, January 28, 2011; 11am

WHERE:   City Hall at Showers Plaza, Atrium

WHY:   EITC Awareness Day is particularly important in today’s economy; more workers may qualify due to reduced incomes. EITC can make their lives a little easier. The credit can increase their federal income tax refunds from $2 to more than $5,666 depending on individual circumstances, but only four out of five eligible people claim and get their EITC. Individuals and families must know about the credit, then file and specifically claim it.

Residents can receive free help determining their EITC eligibility and claiming the credit at eight volunteer tax sites in Monroe and Owen Counties. The Free Community Tax Service helps low- to moderate-income residents file their federal and state tax returns for free. Eligible residents can file their taxes for free and receive 100% of their refund quickly and easily — usually in just 10 days or less.

United Way of Monroe County is a nonprofit organization that improves people’s lives by addressing critical needs today and working to reduce those needs tomorrow. Through its Community Action Fund and grant opportunities, United Way works with 24 member agencies and community partners to focus resources on the building blocks for a better life: education, earnings, and the essentials. You can find more information at www.monroeunitedway.org.

SCCAP Quiz Bowl team will compete tonight

January 24, 2011

Here’s a report from the SCCAP Quiz Bowl team on this year’s competition, which starts tonight:

Quiz Bowl is double elimination this year, and the first two rounds are tonight. We have a first round bye, but then we compete in the second round tonight between 8:50P-9:30P. Super late! We’ll be the Public Library tonight for it, but for those of you don’t want to stay out so late, it will be on television, on CATS. You should be able to catch us live sometime after 9P (probably close to 9:20).

Regardless if we win or that other thing that I don’t know the word to, we will return in April to compete. Our team has changed quite a bit from last year. Sky Adams and Jason Keller have moved on to new opportunities, so the new Sky is Monica Miley and the new Jason Keller is Abbey Bonner. Myself and Bethany have returned to the team, but to make things more complicated, we have switched brains. Andrew Hollis is our bench player.

For those who need to be reminded of Quiz Bowl, here’s a link to us last year beating the reigning champs in the first round!

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_iZSfSfDZI

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9DMEm1SYko

Come see us live out our nerd dreams!


Eddy, Bethany, Monica, Abbey, and Andrew

Circles Initiative Meeting cancelled

January 20, 2011

The Circles Initiative meeting for tonight, Jan. 20, 2011, has been cancelled because of the snowy road conditions.

Everybody chips in on snowy day

January 11, 2011

With Bloomington blanketed in several inches of snow today, we’d like to thank all the people who have helped keep the business of helping people rolling today at the South Central Community Action Program. We appreciate your positive attitudes and camaraderie in making the best out of this slippery situation.

Before the doors at SCCAP opened to the public this morning, members of our weatherization staff chipped in to shovel our sidewalks so clients and customers would be safe. Kathy Potts of our Head Start staff, wearing her dashing wide-brimmed navy hat with chin strap, went above and beyond in brushing the snow off people’s cars that had accumulated since they’d arrived at our office.    

With a couple of cars stuck in the parking lots and hills around the main SCCAP office today, groups of staff went out and pushed them back onto the road. One car belonging to a Head Start parent needed staff members to stand on the back of it to get it rolling up the hills (pictured above).   

In the office’s front lobby, it was a busy day with many people visiting us to seek energy assistance. Much of Bloomington was pretty slow today, but not here. Many local people are struggling this winter and we’re glad to be able help them, particularly during this season of cold weather and high utility bills.

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