Free Tax Help is currently being provided at the following locations by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for those who cannot afford to have a tax preparation service do their returns.
Lakeview Branch Library
2845 N. Sherman Ave.
Mondays: 27 January-7 April
Thursdays: 30 January-10 April
1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Call 246-4547 to make an appointment. Appointment is required.
Villager Mall—Financial Education Center
2300 S. Park St., Lower Level, 608-261-5077
27 January-14 April
Monday and Wednesdays: 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00-3:00 p.m.
No appointment required.
Position: Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator
Application Deadline: 20 March 2014
Start Date: 14 April 2014
The North/Eastside Senior Coalition (a non-profit organization) is seeking an organized and compassionate individual to serve as a Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator. Under the direction of the Executive Director you will recruit, train, support and provide limited supervision to NESCO volunteers for the Home Chore Program. You will assist staff with the planning, coordinating, overseeing NESCO’s annual fundraising and community events, including but not limited to AppleFest, BratFest, the Family Caregiver Resource Fair, and the Senior Health Fair. Retired senior adults and those of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Prior successful event and volunteer coordination experience is required. A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services or a related field is preferred but not required. A Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License an acceptable driving record and reliable transportation is required. A copy of the job description is available at www.nescoinc.org or by calling (608) 243-5252.
Compensation & Benefits
This is a full-time position. The position requires a variable work schedule with flexibility. Work hours generally fall between 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday but some night and weekend hours will be required. Starting pay is $13.50/hour. NESCO will pay a portion of the Health Insurance premium for benefits-eligible employees, and this portion will be set by the NESCO Board on an annual basis. The Coalition will pay 100% of the single Dental Insurance premium for benefits eligible full-time employees. Family/domestic partner coverage is available for both Health and Dental Insurance but paid for by the employee. Flex Spending Plan, Short & Long-Term Disability Insurance, Paid Holidays, Vacation & Sick Time are also offered.
How to Apply
Please apply by 20 March 2014. Applications must include a completed North/Eastside Senior Coalition job application and self identification form or cover letter detailing your related experience, resume and self identification form. Application materials are available by calling (608) 243-5252 or emailing email@example.com or visiting our website http://www.nescoinc.org. Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to NESCO, 1625 Northport Dr. #125, Madison, WI 53704, attention Executive Director by 20 March 2014.
Release Date: February 19, 2014
Media Contact: Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist, 608-224-5007 or Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020
MADISON – Be aware of a new email scam that uses fake funeral announcements as a way to infect your computer with malicious software (malware). The emails include limited information, noting only that an upcoming service will be held for a “friend” and providing a link for more details. If you receive a similar email, delete it immediately. Under no circumstances should an email recipient click the link in the email. The link will direct the browser to a foreign website where a .zip file will automatically be downloaded. If this .zip file is opened, malware will be installed onto the victim’s computer. An email received by a Wisconsin resident fraudulently claimed to be from Eubank Funeral Home & Cremation Services, a legitimate company in Texas. The company has placed a warning message on the homepage of its website to warn the public about this scam and the misuse of its name. Similar emails in this scam may use the names of other businesses. For more information or to file a consumer complaint, visit datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail email@example.com or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128. Connect with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/wiconsumer.
Dealing with Grief & Loss
Wednesday, 12 Feb, 5-6 pm, Comm Rm 3
An opportunity to share your story…. We invite you to attend an evening to share grief/ loss stories. Open to anyone who has experienced loss from the death of a friend, family member, pet, or significant other. Any loss can be shared. Join us in sharing your story and hearing others share their story. Come together for conversation on how we experience grief and resources available to support you. Register or for more information contact Laura by calling 243-5252.
Due to the extreme cold, NESCO will be closed Tuesday, January 28th.
Multiple schools have canceled class for Tuesday as well. Click on the link below.
Happy Holidays from the NESCO Staff!
Wisconsin has a number of safeguards in place to ensure both tenants and homeowners stay warm through winter. Tenants have the right to have working heat in their rented units. Wisconsin law mandates that landlords must ensure that their rental units are able to maintain a temperature of at least 68 degrees in all habitable areas of a rental when the outside temperature is above zero and a temperature of at least 60 degrees when the outside temperature is below zero.
In addition, there are available public benefits for eligible homeowners who struggle to keep their homes warm in the winter. As temperatures start to drop across the state, Wisconsin seniors are urged to evaluate their eligibility and consider applying for Wisconsin’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WHEAP). This mix of federal and state funds helps keep Wisconsinites warm through the winter and eases the burden of high utility costs. The Wisconsin Division of Energy Services contracts with agencies, local governments, and non-profits to provide various services to eligible Wisconsin households.
Who is eligible?
Wisconsin households with income at or below 60% of the state median income guidelines are eligible for WHEAP. The state estimates that close to 215,000 Wisconsinites are eligible for this assistance. You may apply at your local energy assistance agency.
Find a list of these agencies at www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov.
What are the benefits of the WHEAP program?
Energy assistance. Eligible households may receive assistance with their utility costs regardless of the type of fuel used to heat their home. WHEAP may provide a one-time payment between October 1 and May 15. The benefit amount varies based on a number of individual factors; however, the benefit is not intended to cover the household’s entire utility bill. In most cases the benefit amount is paid directly to your utility company. Unfortunately, due to funding cuts Wisconsin residents will be receiving on average $100 less in energy assistance this year as compared to 2012.
Emergency assistance. The WHEAP program provides stop-gap coverage to help ensure eligible households do not suffer from heat disruptions during winter. Homeowners may be eligible for emergency assistance if they have no heat, if they received a disconnect notice from their utility company, or if they are out of fuel and cannot purchase more. WHEAP program agencies staff a 24-hour phone line to assist with heat-related emergencies.
Weatherization Assistance. Wisconsin households that are eligible for WHEAP may also be eligible for basic weatherization services with the goal of making homes warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and cutting utility bills in the process. After filling out the WHEAP application and found eligible, homeowners will be contacted by a local weatherization agency that will perform an analysis of the home. Some possible services provided through this benefit include insulation updating, installation of energy efficient lighting, refrigerator testing and possible replacement, reduction of air leakage, and possible repair or replacement of a furnace.
Wisconsin winters can be harsh and cold. Take the steps now to prepare your home and to ensure that you will cover your utility bills. For more information, please call 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) or visit www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov.
*Published with permission from the Legal Services Team at the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources’ Elder Law & Advocacy Center.