Thursday, December 01, 2011

VITA gearing up for 2012, seeking volunteers

It’s a program which has returned millions of tax dollars to low income families in Metro Louisville and organizers are getting ready for another year of assistance.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is asking for volunteers with a kick off set for Saturday, December 3rd at the Sun Valley Community Center.

“VITA is a wonderful program and the people who have helped us in the past will tell you, there is satisfaction when you take the time to help those who could use any extra financial help in this economy,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14).

The VITA program is available to households that make at or less than $50,000 a year. Volunteers will prepare 2011 tax returns at no charge.

The kick off will help coordinate volunteers with training programs to help low income families file their income tax returns for the coming year. The program needs greeters, interviewers and tax preparers for 2012. Training will take place at the Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.

Here are the training times at Sun Valley:

- Thursday, December 8th 9:00am to 5:00pm Part 1&2

- Friday, December 9th 9:00am to 1:00pm Part 1

- Thursday, December 15th 5:00pm to 9:00pm Part 2

- Saturday, December 17th 10:00am to 2:00pm testing

- Thursday, January 11th 9:00am to 1:00pm (if needed)

The kick off will provide lunch for those who come out to volunteer. Chili, Chicken Dumpling Soup, Dessert and drinks are on the menu.

“I have met many wonderful people over the years we have supported this program, “says Henderson. “I can tell you, when you take the time to help someone who needs the help it will not only enhance your holiday season but you will feel good the whole year.”

The Kick off will get underway from 10:30am to 12:30pm

For more information about the 2012 VITA Volunteers program, contact Councilman Henderson’s office at 574-1114

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

UPDATE: District 12 Police Chief meeting also for Districts 13, 14 and 25

Editor's Note: This is an updated version of Monday's news about the District 12 "Coffee with your Councilman" meeting this Saturday. In addition to District 12, representatives from council Districts 13, 14 and 25 will also be present. Please come out and share your thoughts on the next police chief.

District 12 Councilman Rick Blackwell, District 14 Councilman Bob Henderson, District 25 Councilman David Yates and District 13 Councilwoman Vicki Welch will be holding a “Coffee With Your Councilperson” on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00am at the Southwest Government Center (7219 Dixie Highway).

Residents are invited to voice their thoughts on the police department and input from citizens will be used to formulate specific questions for the candidates applying for LMPD’s Chief of Police position. If you cannot attend but would like to add your input, please visit this site and complete the survey.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Councilman Blackwell asking residents for input on next LMPD Chief

This December's "Coffee With Your Councilman" for District 12 will gather citizen input for the hiring of a new Chief of Louisville Police.

The event gets under way Saturday, December 3rd at 10am at the Southwest Regional Metro Council Office, 7219 Dixie Highway.

Louisville Metro is searching for a new Chief of Police and they want input from you. Each Metro Council Member will hold a meeting in their district to gather input from residents on what is important to them in their police department. Citizens will answer several questions regarding the current police department. Their answers will help formulate specific questions for the candidates for Chief of Police. This meeting is for anyone in District 12 who wants to provide input.

Residents who cannot attend Coffee With Your Councilman may visit this site to make sure their input is received. If you have any questions about Coffee With Your Councilman, please call 574-1112.