TAX HELP FOR FREE . . . NEVER A FEE!
Walk-in • Appointment • Homebound Services
Accounting Aid Society will have 26 free tax preparation locations in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Livingston counties for the main tax season, beginning in late January 2011 and operating through April 15 (plus the five Neighborhood Tax Centers will also be open Monday, April 18, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.).
Find a site: accountingaidsociety.org
Most locations offer walk-ins on a first come, first served service. Some are by appointment only.
ELIGIBILITY BASED ON ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
• $50,000 or less for Families (married couple, or person with at least one dependent, for example, a single parent or grandparent with guardianship)
• $25,000 or less for Individuals
• If you pay rent, taxes or heating bills but are not working, you may still be eligible for some tax credits.
At select tax locations, community partners join us to offer onsite assistance for:
· utility payments and shutoff prevention
· credit reports and counseling
· home ownership and foreclosure prevention
· savings bonds
· debit cards
To find out which tax sites are offering these services, call us at 313-556-1920 or toll-free at 1-866-673-0873.
Public Benefits Screening
Beginning in 2011, we will be able to screen our tax clients at selected tax sites for public benefits eligibility using the online MiBridges program operated by the Michigan Department of Human Services.
Our benefits screeners will help you determine whether your household is eligible for public assistance for:
· day care
· temporary cash
· other expenses
After completing the 10-minute screening survey, we will be able to give you a printout of your personalized report.
If eligible, we can help you apply online for:
· food assistance program (FAP)
· state emergency relief (SER)
· health insurance for your children (MICHILD and Healthy Kids)
These services will be available at a limited number of Accounting Aid Society tax sites. To find out which of our tax locations offer benefits screening call 313-556-1920 or 1-866-673-0873 toll-free.
We can help you with taxable wages and benefits, non-wage and retirement income, itemized deductions, and self-employment income. We cannot help with capital gains and losses on investments, rental income or sale of a home, or income from multiple stock sales.
Call for an appointment or more details. (313) 556-1920.
Homebound Tax Services
An office-based correspondence service specifically for seniors and those with disabilities who are unable to go to a tax site. For details, call 313-556-1920 or 1-866-673-0873 toll-free.
IT’S NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH: DETROIT’S POLICE CHIEF TO BECOME A BIG BROTHER
On January 12, 2011, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) announced that Detroit’s top law enforcement officer, Chief of Police Ralph L. Godbee Jr. who is also the President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) officially became one of the first Big Brothers of 2011 during a press conference at the BBBSMD Offices, located in the Wellness Plan Building, 7700 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202.
“We are so thrilled that Chief Godbee and NOBLE would commit time and energy to elevate the minds and spirits of young people in our community. Chief Godbee will lead this endeavor by being the first, from the department to step up and become a mentor during our 100 MENtors in 100 Days Campaign,” expressed Dara T. Munson, President & CEO of BBBSMD.
The example that Chief Godbee is setting for members of law enforcement by helping children in his free time also launches a new BBBSMD partnership with the NOBLE. As NOBLE’s President, Godbee is advocating that members who represent all branches of law enforcement engage in mentoring children in the communities where law enforcement members live and serve.
Since its inception in 1976, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ membership has grown to over 3,500 law enforcement professionals, who have organized 52 chapters. Through these chapters, NOBLE promotes a holistic community wide approach to the reduction of crime and delinquency through various community outreach programs to meet the ever-changing needs of African American Communities. These outreach efforts include mentoring and promoting scholarships among area youth.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). And for thirty-seven years of service locally in the metropolitan Detroit community, BBBS maintains a stellar reputation of recruiting exemplary citizens to share positive experiences with metropolitan Detroit youth. For more information on how to sign up, call 313-309-0500 or visit our website at http://www.bbbsdetroit.org.
during his lifetime?
Kroger and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center are partnering to
promote cancer awareness with a free prostate screening event.
Encourage your men to join us – it’s fast, easy, confidential, and FREE!
Saturday, January 29, 2011 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Kroger, 8920 W. 8 Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI
You may be at risk for prostate cancer if you:
• Are African American
• Are age 50 or older (45 or older for African Americans)
• Have a family history of prostate cancer, especially father, son or brother with prostate cancer before age 65
• Have a high fat diet
Free giveaways and a chance to win door prizes! For more information aboutKarmanos Cancer Center visit karmanos.org
In Collaboration with Greater Quinn AME Church Presents:
Senior Safety Day
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Detroit Police Department
Greater Quinn AME Church
13501 Rosa Parks at Davison
1p.m. – 3 p.m.
For additional information and to register, please contact Galen Hardy, Assistant Safety Coordinator at (313)494-4234.
Senior citizens are increasingly becoming victims of crime in our city. To address this major concern, this workshop will give senior residents the confidence and the skills to help decrease the possibility of victimization. Detective Fountain will provide valuable information on personal safety, how to handle suspicious behavior, and how not to become a victim of scams or con games.
WHY CHANGE? Most Detroiters feel strongly that we need to change, but what really happens if we don’t? What happens, for example, if we continue to lose 80,000 people in the next decade? Find out during the next round of meetings with the Detroit Works Project.
Come see what’s impacting neighborhoods across the city and give us ideas and information on what you’re already doing to make Detroit work. And, we’ll begin to give you some of the thoughts being discussed to help get us moving in the right direction – both short and long term.
If we all understand the issues and act together we can find the answers for the city.
The conversation topics will be the same for each meeting. Please join the session that’s closest and most convenient for you.
January 27, 2011, 6-8 PM
University Detroit Mercy – Student Center Ballroom
4001 W. McNichols Road
January 29, 2011, 10 AM–12 PM
Odd Fellows Hall
8701 W. Vernor Highway
January 31, 2011, 6-8 PM
1358 Abbott, 1 Blk. East of Trumbull
February 1, 2011, 6-8 PM
1400 Oakman Blvd.
February 2, 2011, 6-8 PM
Coleman A. Young International Airport
11499 Conner Street
February 3, 2011, 6-8 PM
Brenda Scott Middle School
18440 Hoover Street
February 5, 2011, 10 AM–12 PM
American Serbian Hall
19940 Van Dyke St
February 14, 2011, 6-8 PM
Greater Marion Chapel
15120 Grand River Avenue
February 15, 2011, 6-8 PM
Greater Grace Temple
23500 W. Seven Mile Rd
February 16, 2011, 6-8 PM
NFL/YET – Boys & Girls Club – Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus
16500 Tireman Street
Space is limited. Doors will close once capacity is reached. All meetings are public, and may be taped and photographed. For additional information contact: email@example.com
The Mayor’s Advisory Task Force Meeting is tonight, January 24, at 6 p.m. The meeting is being held at the Northwest Activities Center located on 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235.
Transportation Riders United (TRU) is hosting its annual meeting on Tuesday, January 25 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm at the MSU Detroit Center. It is located on 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI.
Help welcome light rail (back) to Woodward; construction could begin this fall! Come learn all the latest news plus ways you can help build critical community support to make it a success.
5:30pm – Taste of the Woodward Corridor
6:00pm – TRU Updates and Elections (member vote)
6:30pm – Welcoming Transit To Woodward Presentation
7:30pm – Volunteer sign-up
More info at http://www.DetroitTransit.org or 313-963-8872
Vanguard CDC in partnership with Community + Public Art Detroit is excited to announce the North End’s newest mural! Join us in celebrating the work of Nivek Monet, Pryncess Stylez, Katie Craig along with several North End Neighborhood youth on January 27th!