The Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition marked the end of its thirteenth tax season on April 13, celebrating nearly $30 million in total refunds claimed for L-A-area residents since 2004. This tax season alone, the group’s IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers, with the assistance of volunteer tax preparers from AARP, facilitated $3,508,000 in federal and state tax refund claims for 2,661 individuals.
Of the $2,740,000 claimed in federal tax refunds, $864,000 was for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal credit for low- to moderate- income workers that is widely considered to be the nation’s largest anti-poverty initiative. With Asset Coordinator Jill Lorom at the helm, the coalition also provided asset-building information on various financial topics and accesses and reviewed individual credit reports for those interested. The program’s Opportunity Guides for this season were Jennifer Allen, Jan Byron, Linda DeSantis, John Chabot and Lyse Henshaw.
During the event, CA$H Coalition Co-Chair Dottie Perham-Whittier, Community Relations Coordinator for the City of Lewiston, provided an overview of the group’s activities and successes for the 2016 tax season and praised the effective collaboration between CA$H Coalition and AARP volunteer tax preparers.
Site Coordinator KC Geiger and Coalition Co-Chair Chris Adler, Training Coordinator for Head Start, presented appreciation certificates to tax preparers, greeters, schedulers, and quality review volunteers, including Louise Gervais, Bob Cavanagh, Roland Danico, Linda Cronkite, Joe Defilipp, Diane Kirouac, Sylvia Schrock, Celia Treworgy, Paul Blanchard, Judy Gervais, Lou MacDonald, William Randall, Teresa Austin, Nancy Bisson, Lisa Bolen, Ronald Bunker, Richard Duplisea, Peter Field, Melody Fish, Yolande Gay, Sue Goddard, Lorna Healey, Doug Kinchen, Gerry Langelier, Monica Lee, Paul Maheux, Greg Nadeau, Jan Provencher, Norm Provencher, Mady Roy, Jan Sullivan, Ginny Theriault, Antoine Tolton, Sue Tymoczko and Bob Wailus.
Volunteer Doug Kinchen presented plaques of appreciation to quality reviewers William Randall, Lou MacDonald and Judy Gervais and to Site Coordinator KC Geiger. The evening closed with a tribute to Geiger, who is retiring from the role of Site Coordinator after serving in that capacity since 2005. Those on hand to acknowledge Geiger’s long service were Yvette Bouttenot representing the City of Auburn, Lewiston’s Deputy City Administrator Phil Nadeau, and Lewiston Mayor Robert E. Macdonald, who presented Geiger with a proclamation praising his integrity, professionalism, and sacrificial giving of time over the last 12 years. Geiger, who wants to devote more time to his family, traveling, and other interests, plans to volunteer one day per week next season.