Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ladder Up Tax Assistance

100BMC Mentees from the South Side and the West Side locations volunteered at the “Ladder Up” (www.goladderup.org) free tax preparation at Kennedy King College. Ladder Up provides tax preparation services to low income people utilizing both corporate and community organizational volunteers. 100BMC’s Anthony Bennett (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anthony-bennett-cisa-pmp/3/897/a10), a site coordinator, led the mentees with signing in clients and organizing forms. This community service project exposed them to the career field of tax preparation. In total, 26 returns were completed, creating an economic impact of $39,353, a special thanks to Sophie Albsmeyer, the Volunteer Coordinator.

Straight out of Jail
The morning ended with the students receiving an impromptu speech on life’s lessons from Anthony Autry, an ex-drug offender who has turned his life around and is now a community activist and motivational speaker. He spoke about the choices he had made in life and encouraged the mentees to listen to the adults in their lives while they still had many of life’s choices ahead of them.

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