TAX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – STIPEND AVAILABLE

Take an active role in your community and become a tax volunteer-a chance to touch many lives.
 
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in your community? Here is your change to lend a helping hand. You can learn to prepare taxes and make a difference at the same time by becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at All Peoples Community Center.
 
You will receive quality training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate-income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns. As a tax volunteer, you will be working at our agency at All Peoples Community Center. Once 2019 tax season begins, you will be working with families preparing their taxes. We will be open various days, nights, weekends, and we will have flexible hours to accommodate your schedule. No prior experience or schooling required, and you must be over 18.
 
If interested, please contact us as soon as possible. Please call Julio-C Ramos at 213-747-6357 extension 141.
 
Training begins soon. Please inquire now. Volunteers may receive a stipend but you must volunteer from February 6 to April 18, 2019.
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ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

Paulina with her Newborn

All Peoples Program Facilitator Aracely Corona shares a moment from our All Peoples Supplemental Food Program:

Meet Paulina.  Paulina is a 35 year old Latina women with three children. She walked into our supplemental food program with her new born daughter in her hands. She was accompanied by her sister. Paulina sat down at our intake table expressing that she needed emergency food since her husband had recently been laid off. As staff listened to her story, it was evident that she was also in need of a stroller. All Peoples had recently received a pallet of children’s items earlier that week through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. In that donation, there was a stroller that also came with a car seat that fortunately was still available for distribution. Staff and interns worked to assemble the stroller, and when the stroller was ready, we surprised the client with the stroller. She was overjoyed with the surprise and expressed that she wanted to cry of happiness. Staff and volunteers helped Paulina in loading her bags of food into the stroller. She disclosed that her birthday had just passed and that this was a great belated birthday present. Paulina could not believe that she had received a stroller; one that she had always wanted for her baby. Paulina’s sister was also provided a bag of food. All Peoples’ staff and volunteers in the supplemental food program that day were humbled by the gratitude that was expressed by Paulina.

All Peoples Supplemental Food Program continues to seek an increase in donations to be able to support families in need of assistance from our Food Program as well as other Programs offered at All Peoples.

ABOUT ALL PEOPLES
Founded in 1942, to sustain a community decimated by the internment of its largely Japanese-American residents, All Peoples has been a hub of vital resources for a neighborhood that has changed from Japanese-American, to African-American, to Latino today.  All Peoples has been the very heart of a community, roughly defined by the 90011 area code and home to 130,000 people, just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  The Center serves hundreds of people of all ages, six days a week, with an extensive menu of educational, financial literacy, health empowerment, and family support programs at its facility just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Give us a call today at (213) 747-6357, or Email to find out how you can get involved!  Real Solutions, Real Heart, Real Service to South LA since 1942.

All Peoples – Meet Our Team – Tania Lopez

Let’s get to know Tania Lopez, All Peoples Community Center’s Case Manager:

Favorite Food: Asada Tacos Yummy!

Favorite Color: Black

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Sports Team: Boxing

Favorite Quote/Saying: “Your Best Teacher is your Last Mistake.”

 

How would you describe All Peoples Community Center? All Peoples is an oasis that offers supportive programs and resources to a community that is underserved and under-resourced. For most, low-income families rely heavily on All Peoples to obtain educational opportunities and reach upward mobility through our programs. To ensure our clients reach these goals, it requires All Peoples staff members to uphold their clients with the utmost respect, dignity, and worth, they deserve.

Favorite Part of Your Job: The most satisfying part of my job is when my clients feel empowered. The ability to build rapport with my clients, gives myself the opportunity to accurately identify their strength and weaknesses; and assess their risk and protective factors to provide an appropriate referral for my clients. This also requires understanding and navigating systematic services and programs, and then conveying these resources to my clients. Oftentimes, this can be tedious process. However, it’s well worth the effort because once my clients feel invested and empowered, they typically gain the desire and stamina to achieve their goals, which gives myself much satisfaction in the work I do.

My Best All Peoples Story: My favorite memory at All Peoples was actually my first participation in their Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Seeing the overwhelming response from the community, local volunteers, and humbled staff members engaging and witnessing gratitude given by the community gave me a sense of belonging and happiness to work at All Peoples.

Hobbies: During my downtime, I genially enjoy spending quality time with my family. At home, I also find it a stress reliever to clean, reorganize, and decorate my home according to upcoming seasons or holidays. Yes, I love to stress clean! I also enjoy a good puzzle game!

Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I used to be in gymnastics.

Me in 3 Words: Outspoken, Reliable, and Dedicated

We’re so happy that Tania Lopez is part of our All Peoples Family!