Volunteer Testimonies

“Volunteering with the PathWays PA VITA Program during the 2011 filing season was an extremely rewarding experience. Before volunteering with VITA, I had little experience preparing income taxes outside of my own, so initially I was a bit apprehensive about volunteering. However, my uneasiness was soon put to rest because PathWays PA staff provides comprehensive and helpful trainings in the form of online courses as well as classroom instruction. Before I was expected to prepare tax returns and work with clients, I felt confident that I was able to provide quality service and answer questions accurately. In addition to the wealth of knowledge that I gained while serving as a VITA volunteer, I felt I was making a real difference in the lives of VITA clients. The tax refund can often amount to 1/3 of the annual income for a large portion of PathWays PA’s VITA clients. It was empowering to be able to provide clients with a free service, so they are able to access their full refund and at the same time provide them with asset development information and other resources. I would recommend volunteering with VITA to anyone who has an interest in personal finance or to anyone who wants to make a real, tangible difference in their community.”
-A PathWays VITA volunteer