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+ Flagler Humane Society Visits Local Business Donor
The Flagler Humane Society recently presented 100 Plus Realty Group with a Certificate of Appreciation for their support. The owners and staff of 100 Plus support the organization through volunteer work and ongoing monetary contributions, including a recent donation to Gracie’s Fund, which helps provide treatment for shelter pets with special medical needs.
+ AmVet Ladies Auxiliary to offer scholarship
The Ladies Auxiliary at the AmVets Post 113 in Bunnell will offer two $1,000 scholarships for Flagler County 2013 graduating seniors who have been accepted to a college or university.
One will be awarded to a Flagler Palm Coast High School graduating senior and one to a Matanzas High School graduating senior. Students should contact their guidance counselor to apply before the Jan. 18 deadline.
+ Florida Writers’ Association/Palm Coast welcomes new members
As 2013 begins, the Palm Coast Chapter of the Florida Writers’ Association reaches out to writers of all levels to expand and nurture their talent by surrounding themselves with colleagues and resources to help them.
The Florida Writers Association Palm Coast chapter is open to all aspiring writers and welcomes new members to their group in 2013. The group is under the leadership of Jeff Swesky and Mike King, both published authors. There is no cost associated with participation and the local chapter.
A critique group meets 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month, at Dominic’s Deli located at City Market Place. There is a general meeting on the fourht Saturday at the same location and time.
“Mike and I have designed our chapter to be fairly dynamic in nature, but at times we have speakers who present on specific topics related to writing, publishing or marketing,” Swesky said. “We encourage the input of our members on what they want the group to be. If you’re already an accomplished writer, you’ll meet new colleagues and develop valuable contacts.”
To learn more about the group, email [email protected].
+ Campaign for Working Families kicks off tax season
Low to moderate income families in Volusia and Flagler Counties could have up to $5,600 additional income this year by taking advantage of the earned income tax credit - but they may not know they’re eligible.
Free tax preparation help is available that will register eligible families for the tax credit through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. IRS certified volunteers identify taxpayer’s eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and to help them file accurate tax returns, staff the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income families who prefer not to prepare their own tax returns. The Campaign for Working Families has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service once again this year to offer free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
The tax season runs through April 15 and two of the 15 sites are located in Flagler County.
To locate the nearest VITA site, call United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, Inc. at 253-0564 or 2-1-1, or go online to http://www.unitedwayvfc.org/taxes/
Campaign for Working Families, based at the United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties, is a coalition of government, business, and community agencies committed to this prosperity campaign serving Volusia and Flagler counties. Their mission is to increase the resources available to the working poor, primarily through providing free tax preparation and financial literacy training which will allow them to build assets and become financially secure.
+ AARP to offer tax aid
AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation and e-filing by IRS-certified volunteers, Feb. 1 to April 15. It is open to all area residents, AARP membership not required. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 313-4048 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Jan. 21.
Locations are as follows:
Monday - City of Palm Coast Community Center
Tuesday - Flagler County Services Building, Bunnell
Wednesday - Palm Coast VFW & Flagler County Services Building, Bunnell
Thursday - Flagler County Library
Friday: Hancock Bank and Flagler Beach Library, Flagler Beach
Saturday: Holland Park