Why Volunteer?

Help Low-Wage Families in Allegheny County Keep More of What They Earn

Every tax season, the United Way of Allegheny County and the Money In Your Pocket Coalition train and mobilize community volunteers like you from all walks of life (students, professionals, retirees) to provide free, quality income-tax preparation assistance to families earning less than $40,000 and individuals making less than $20,000 a year.

Many of our neighbors don't have access to affordable tax help, fall victim to "rapid refund" loans, or are unaware of state and federal tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that can put thousands of dollars into their pockets.

That's money that can be used to put food on the table, pay monthly utility bills, purchase gasoline or bus passes, make rent payments, or eliminate personal debt.

In just three hours a week, you can...

  • Make a real difference in someone's financial life
  • Deliver substantial economic benefits to Allegheny County
  • Gain useful and valuable new skills

In 2013, 149 volunteers dedicated more than 7,100 hours to the Free Tax Campaign. Volunteers prepared 5,811 tax returns and delivered $10 million in tax refunds back to local residents, including $4.1 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.

"I wanted to contribute in some way. [This was the] first volunteer work I've done that was more than just a one-off occasion."

"My most significant memory would have to be the looks on clients' faces when I would show them the amount of their tax refund. In today's tough economy, every little bit helps and they would usually make a comment to that effect."

"I learned that no matter how busy my schedule may be, it's important to take time now and then to help others. You can never build up enough good Karma!"