CARES: Community Assistance Resource & Educational Services
Launched in early 2011, CARES hosts seminars at the library on a variety of topics dealing with local, state and federal programs. The goal is to inform and educate local residents about programs for which they may be eligible and about which they have questions. Expert speakers and government representatives will be invited to speak.
Next CARES program:
Medicare Basics for Baby Boomers – Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm
Those approaching Medicare eligibility are invited to this seminar led by Neil Berger, a Human Resources professional and lecturer with over thirty years’ experience. Find out what Medicare covers, when to apply, penalties for late enrollment, and the options available. Get the answer to questions about the difference between original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, and Medicaid, and how your employer’s health insurance works with Medicare—all in easy-to-understand terms. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
VITA is a program which falls under the CARES umbrella and has assisted residents in calculating and filing their income taxes for over 15 years. It is now available to help all year around, not just in the first four months of the year. In the months after April 15, Coordinator Bob Baker and other volunteers can help with estimated taxes, tax filing extensions, and returns that are being filed under extension.
The library is looking for new volunteers for 2014 so that the number of residents served can grow. Training for the VITA volunteers takes place in January. Public appointments are scheduled starting in mid-February.
Becoming a VITA volunteer is easy and rewarding, but does require a time commitment of approximately three to four hours a week during tax season (February through April 15). For details on joining this special group of volunteers, contact Madelyn English at 908-766-0118.