Volunteers are needed to help low-income households prepare tax forms and file for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits for which they are entitled.
Last year, the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project, or CKEEP, helped more than 2,500 households claim more than $5.3 million in federal refunds, out of which $1.9 million was from the Earned Income Tax Credit.
"No accounting experience is needed to volunteer," said Geoff Parker, financial stability specialist for CKEEP. "We provide free training through the IRS to all our volunteers. There's no liability to volunteer preparers, but they have to pass an IRS certification test in order to serve."
Volunteers are needed from the end of January until April 17 during the day, evenings and weekends at sites throughout Lexington and Central Kentucky.
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Call (859) 233-4461, Ext. 300, for more information and for registration and training information.
CKEEP is a coalition of organizations in the Lexington area, which, in partnership with the IRS, raises awareness about the Earned Income Tax Credit and provides free tax assistance for those who qualify.
CKEEP is a financial stability program of United Way of the Bluegrass.
Green video contest
The Lexington Film League, kyGREEN.tv and the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Government are sponsoring a contest asking filmmakers to create videos of five minute or less about something environmental in their communities.
The contest is open to all ages, and filmmakers must have all the rights or pay for the rights to use any copyrighted music or images.
Submissions must be postmarked by March 15 and come in a QT H.264 or ProRes format for playback and upload. Filmmakers may submit more than one video. There is a $3 submission fee each one.
Include your name and contact information and send it to: Attn: DOERS Video Contest 2012, 199 East Loudon Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40505
The top videos selected will play in an Environmental Film DOERS Showcase on Earth Day, April 22, and will appear on kyGREEN.tv. Email questions to Kiley at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Travel club talks Turkey
The Lexington Travel Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Hunter Presbyterian Church, 109 Rosemont Garden.
The speaker will be Pat Payne, who will show slides of Turkey. Call (859) 277-6900 or (859) 275-1606.
Library jazz series
On Jan. 12, the Jazz Arts Foundation and Lexington Public Library will continue its Jazz: Live at the Library series of monthly concerts at the Central Library Theatre, 140 East Main Street.
Show No. 58 brings in The Higgins' Brothers Quartet from Louisville back to their hometown to honor their brother, the late jazz drummer, Norman Higgins, who died in January 2007.
It's their yearly jazz tribute to Norman, who was the inspiration for the Jazz at the Library Series. Show time is 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Classes to quit smoking
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will offer two classes designed for people who want to quit smoking. One class will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17 at the Lexington Public Library, Northside Branch, 1733 Russell Cave Road. The other will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 8 at Southern Hills United Methodist Church, 2356 Harrodsburg Road.
To sign up for one of the classes or for more information, call (859) 288-2395.
The Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking provides 12 weeks of education and support sessions that have been proven effective for smokers no matter how long they've used tobacco products.
The class requires a $50 registration deposit that will be reimbursed upon completion of the program if the person has completed all 12 classes and remained smoke-free.
Participants will receive free nicotine replacement therapy products, such as nicotine gum, patches and lozenges, as long as they are smoke-free after the third week of the program.
Successful food drive
ACS employees collected more than 11/2 tons of food for God's Pantry.
Jennifer Godfrey, an ACS hiring manager, issued a challenge to the 350 employees at the company's Fortune Drive site: The team that donated the most food items per employee would win a pizza party.
The contest began Nov. 21, and donations filled five barrels through the week of Dec. 12. Four more barrels were topped off on Dec. 19, the last day of the contest.
In all, teams collected 2,328 food items, 3,150 pounds. The winning team, the Saints, brought in 33.7 items per person.
Boys & Girls Clubs gift
Toyota Financial Services, as part of its Making Life Easier for YOUth initiative, partnered with auto remarketing firms ADESA and Norwalk Auto Auctions for a donation of $302,620 to be shared among 17 Boys & Girls Clubs in cities where the three companies operate.
Among the recipients is the Boys & Girls Club at Salvation Army of the Bluegrass in Lexington, which received $26,650.