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2020 Census - Outreach Volunteer Opportunity

Location
AZ 
Zone:
City Wide
Description:

The 2020 Census is quickly approaching. Help us spread the word throughout Phoenix!

Overview:
In an effort to inform, educate and motivate people to participate in the 2020 Census, the City of Phoenix seeks volunteers to help with outreach.

Outreach efforts will include informing the public about the new response options coming to the 2020 Census, which include online, phone or mail. In addition, the effort aims to demonstrate how each person has the ability to impact their community by completing a census form for their household.

To do this, the City has partnered with Microsoft and Cisco to develop mobile census vehicles. These vehicles are powered with WiFi, tablets and resources to help the public in learning about the census.

Volunteers are needed to staff the mobile vehicles at special events. If you are passionate about civic engagement and enjoy talking to people, then this is the volunteer opportunity for you.

Responsibilities:
Staff outreach vehicle at special events by:
Providing an overview of census process and timeline
Connecting individuals to online resources and information
Highlighting impact of services that benefit from census data

Time commitment:
Weekend and evening availability a must
Ability to work four hour shift assignments
Self transport to event location
Commitment through June 2020 preferred

Training:
General census oritentation and position specific information will be provided. Additionally, event assignments will pair volunteer with a City of Phoenix employee to assist with answering questions and outreach.
Minimum Age:
     18
Volunteer Type:
     Adult (18 - 64), Older Adult (65+), Small Group (under 25)
Department:
     City Council Office, City Manager Office, Fire, Housing, Human Services, Library, Mayors Office, Neighborhood Services, Office of Arts and Culture, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Development, Police Department, Public Works, Water Services



Citizen Forester

Location
Multiple Locations
AZ 
Zone:
City Wide
Description:

Are you interested in creating a greener City of Phoenix? In 2010 The City of Phoenix adopted the Tree and Shade Master Plan that laid out the vision of a healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through the investment in the urban forest. Volunteer as a Citizen Forester and become a tree advocate for your community. Citizen Foresters educate the community on the importance of trees while providing assistance for the proper planting and care of the trees throughout the city.
Volunteer as a Citizen Forester and Plant a Solution.

Volunteer Type:
     Youth (ages 17 and under), Adult (18 - 64), Older Adult (65+), Families
Department:
     City Manager Office



Computer Aide Juniper Library

Location
1825 W. Union Hills Dr
Phoenix, AZ  85027
Zone:
Council District 2
Description:

Computer Aide Volunteer

Goal of the Position:
Assisting community members using public computers, printers, copiers, scanners and fax machines.

Responsibilities:
- Assisting library patrons using the public computers. This may include using email, accessing websites, saving files and more.
- Helping library patrons print, scan and copy
- Assisting library patrons with faxing
- Help patrons access the library's free Wi-Fi on their personal devices

Time Commitment:
- currently only weekend shifts are available
- Able to commit to at least a single two-hour shift every week currently only weekend shifts are available.
- Ability to commit to the program for a minimum of 6 months

Qualifications:
- Be comfortable using computers and technology
- Have a background and interest in working with technology, both hardware and software
- Patience for working with customers who are unfamiliar with technology
- Ability to work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others

Training:
- A general orientation to the library and position specific training will be provided.


Benefits of Volunteering:
- Opportunity to share your computer skills with others. Help bridge the digital divide with your community.
- Satisfaction that you have changed lives and brought a much needed service to library customers.
- Opportunity to work with a diverse group of people
Minimum Age:
     18
Volunteer Type:
     Adult (18 - 64)
Commitment:
     Weekly
Department:
     Library



Court Connectors

Location
AZ 
Zone:
City Wide
Description:

Would you like to be at the center of the action at the Phoenix Municipal Court?  Do you enjoy helping people find the services they need?  The city's Municipal Court is seeking energetic, positive, customer-service oriented volunteers to welcome and assist guests at the Court Information Booth on the first floor of the Municipal Court.

Service hours are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon.  You may choose  a 2- or 4-hour shift commitment.
Volunteer Type:
     Adult (18 - 64), Older Adult (65+)
Commitment:
     Weekly
Department:
     Municipal Court



Literacy Tutor Opportunity - City of Phoenix AARP Experience Corps

Location
Various Schools
Phoenix, AZ 
Zone:
City Wide
Description:

Are you passionate about reading? Help the City of Phoenix share the joy with our youth. The City of Phoenix, in partnership with AARP Experience Corps, is recruiting volunteers 50 and above to support a tutoring program designed to improve literacy skills for Phoenix elementary school students. Opportunities are available at nine Phoenix school districts. If you love reading and inspiring our youth - this opportunity is for you! Please contact Yvonne Pastor at 602 256-4388.
Minimum Age:
     50
Volunteer Type:
     Adult (18 - 64), Older Adult (65+)
Department:
     City Manager Office



Description:

The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing and e-filing their own tax returns. Volunteers receive free training to prepare basic tax returns. No prior tax preparation experience is required. During the 2018-2019 tax season, our volunteers at 17 VITA sites assisted over 4,700 households who received over $6.2 million in tax refunds.

There are many different volunteer positions available with the VITA program:

TAX PREPARER / DO-IT-YOURSELF TAX PREPARATION GUIDE - Prepares basic tax return or assists taxpayers in completing thir own tax returns. Volunteers will receive free classroom or online training offered in November, December or January to become IRS Certified Tax Preparers. Volunteers who have no prior tax experience should attend our classroom training. Tax professionals volunteering for VITA in this role may be eligible for Continued Education Credits.

GREETER - Greets taxpayers and helps them to check into the VITA site. Training will take place in January.

SCREENER - Screens taxpayer's documents prior to them meeting with the tax preparer. Training will take place in January.

SITE COORDINATOR - Provides general VITA site management and coordinates the volunteer coverage. Answers tax law and TaxSlayer software questions. Site Coordinators must obtain advanced tax law certification, at the minimum. Training for this position begins in November.

INTERPRETER - Assisting with tax preparation by providing interpretation services for VITA clients in either American Sign Language, Chinese, French or Spanish.

TAX LAW INSTRUCTOR / ASSISTANT - Instructs tax law and tax preparation software. A sound knowledge of basic tax law and adult learning is necessary for Instructors and preferred for Assistants. Training takes place in October and November.

QUALIFICATIONS
* Ability to work as a volunteer one shift per week (4 hours), totaling 30 hours from mid-January to mid-April
* Strong verbal and communication skills
* Good interpersonal skill and comfortable working with a wide range of people
* Committed to strengthening families by increasing their self-sufficiency
* Provide 24-hour cancellation notice when unable to volunteer at your site
Minimum Age:
     16
Volunteer Type:
     Adult (18 - 64), Older Adult (65+)
Commitment:
     Weekly
Department:
     Human Services, VITA