November 21, 2016
United Way of Greater Atlanta VITA Preparation Grant
Non-Profit Bestowed IRS VITA Tax Prep Grant for Second Year
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative was approved for the second year as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Site Coordinator. As a tax site coordinator, the Collaborative will manage the operations of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, St. Phillip Benizi Catholic Church, Beulah Baptist Church VITA tax preparation sites, as well as, Midway Youth Sports Association. Last year, the Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative’s team successfully prepared well over 1,396 federal tax returns and was able to assist people with receiving more than $440,000 in federally earned income tax return dollars.
According to irs.gov, the VITA Program is a program of the Internal Revenue Service offering free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less per year, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. The Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding area VITA Program is administered by the United Way of Greater Atlanta via their partnership with the Internal Revenue Service.
“United Way of Greater Atlanta is pleased to partner with The Martin Luther King Sr. Resources Collaborative for the 2nd year as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. The Collaborative provides a much-needed service to the Old Fourth Ward community and the broader Atlanta area by helping hard-working families save money on tax preparation fees and receive valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. We look forward to another successful VITA tax season with them beginning in January 2017,” stated Olivia Alston, Community Engagement Liaison and Income Manager for the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
About the Collaborative – The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, also known as the Collaborative, is a community-based agency that opened its doors in 2013 and is named after Martin Luther King Sr., who was affectionately called “Daddy King,” from within the community. The Collaborative earned its non-profit 501(c)3 status in 2015 and is comprised of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Casey Family Programs, Operation Hope, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and WorkSource Atlanta. In keeping with its namesake’s tradition of community enrichment and empowerment, the Collaborative houses all of its agencies under one roof and collectively offers vital wrap-around resources and social-service programs to residents in the Old Fourth Ward, King Historic District and surrounding areas. The five key target service areas of the Collaborative are: Children and Family Services, Educational Achievement, Workforce Readiness, Housing Education Services and Family Economic Success.
“I am excited to report that our Collaborative had an amazing 2016 year in service to the community and I am honored to lead this great organization! We are humbled and grateful for the support that we receive daily from our partnering agencies, sponsors and the community as a whole. It is our commitment and goal to expand and strengthen our current resources and services, while continuously providing and exceeding client expectations and offering superior customer service,” stated the Collaborative’s Executive Director, Detria Russell.