The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) student organization has honored several student volunteers with their Volunteer of the Month Awards. Michael Brodowicz (BA Accounting ’14), Phan Do (BA Accounting ’15), and Chris Shim (BA Accounting ’14) received spring semester awards.
VITA provides personal income tax return preparation services for the elderly, people who make $53,000 or less in annual income, and persons with disabilities or limited English speaking skills. Volunteers are trained in return preparation and complete an IRS certification exam before they are allowed to participate.
“I believe I am getting just as much as the clients out of this experience, if not more. It’s been a great opportunity to network with other students, a great resume builder, and you get to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Shim. “I’ve had several interviews with large accounting firms and they love to see this kind of work being applied from the classroom to the real world.”
VITA gives students an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-life situations.
“I recommend other students to VITA because it is a type of volunteer opportunity that creates value,” said Do. “People who are a part of VITA really care about other people’s needs and the community.”