Meet Rose Chu, OCA Member and Tax Aide Volunteer.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Posted by: Nick Lee
Meet Rose Chu.
Meet Rose Chu, OCA Member and Tax-Aide Volunteer. She takes her seat at the computer inside the community center and prepares to take her first client of the tax season. It has been a long week for her at work, but she is revitalized and ready to take on the challenge because she knows there are people waiting who really need her help.
A long time OCA-Northern Virginia (OCA-NOVA) member, Rose is a volunteer for with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. Throughout the tax season, Rose will assist clients on fixed incomes, individuals who work paycheck to paycheck, and new immigrants who are not familiar with the United States’ complex system. “Being able to help people save the money they would spend on a tax preparer is a great feeling, especially when you are helping someone who really doesn’t have the extra income to spend on a preparer,” said Rose. “Sometimes you can get somebody who really needs it a big refund, and they leave very happy.”
An eight-year veteran as a Tax- Aide volunteer, Rose is driven by the knowledge that nothing compares to the face-to-face interactions to help someone in need. “There’s something deeply satisfying about being able to tell somebody that they get a refund right after you are done helping them and believe me, doing somebody else’s taxes is much more fun than doing your own, ” says Rose. Indeed, her passion to volunteer is tied to her work at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she works to expand healthcare coverage to as many people as possible.
“I’m excited about the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program’s collaboration with OCA because it’s good to complement our advocacy with real results,” said Rose.
In addition to the opportunity to bring smiles to a lot of faces, volunteering for the AARP Foundation Tax- Aide program is also a reasonable commitment, and operates just two and half months of each year, with two four hour shifts each week. “Another great thing about the program is that they provide everything: training, venue, computers, supervision, materials and planning; all you have to do is show up!” she assured.
Though Rose underwent the required training to be certified as a tax preparer she notes, “There’s something for everyone, and you will meet a lot of inspiring and like-minded people volunteering”. You can be a greeter, translator, technology coordinator, communications coordinator, or a leadership or administrative volunteer. Sign up and AARP Foundation will find place for you to contribute among the 35,000 volunteers that currently participate.
If you’re like Rose, and you love to give back, sign up today at http://bit.ly/TAXAIDEVOLUNTEERS. For more information visit our website at www.ocanational.org/?taxaide or call Nick Lee at 202-223-5500 x118.
Michael W. Kwan
OCA National President