Local Briefs, Jan. 25, 2014

Volunteers offer help preparing taxes

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Tax-Aide Program will be available from Feb. 1-April 15 in Grand Junction and Fruita. 

The mission of VITA is to assist eligible taxpayers in satisfying their tax responsibilities by providing free Federal and State tax preparation. The VITA volunteers have completed tax training, are certified in tax law, and maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct and provide quality service.

All volunteer tax preparers, greeters and coordinators are former volunteers of AARP Tax-Aide Program which no longer has a presence in Grand Junction or Fruita.

Three sites will be open beginning Feb. 1.

■  US Bank, 422 White Street, in the basement, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

■  Wells Fargo Bank, basement, 2808 North Ave., 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

■  Alpine Bank, 125 N. Park Square, Fruita, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday, 1–4 p.m. Thursday

Food can erase library fines in GarCo


Garfield County Libraries will bring back its popular Food for Fines program during February.

Take in non-perishable food items to any of the six Garfield County Libraries and receive a $1 credit on your library card account for each item you donate. Credits can only be applied to overdue fines and cannot go toward lost materials or those fees.

Donations will be given to local LIFT-UP locations.

Visit gcpld.org for information.

Riverside Center needs volunteer tutors


The Riverside Educational Center, an after school academic support program for disadvantaged youth in Mesa County, is looking for individuals to volunteer one night a week to tutor kindergarten through fifth grade students. 

Hours are 4-5:30 p.m. and no experience is necessary. 

Call or text Joy Hudak at 589-5039 for more information.


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