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Positions

CEP volunteers make a difference by helping Illinois families move toward financial security. Whether you want to work directly with clients or behind the scenes, there is a place for you! 

Tax Preparer

Work one-on-one with tax site clients, preparing federal and state income tax returns and providing basic counseling on tax law and credits. 

Time Commitment 
Volunteers are asked to volunteer a total of 30 hours or more from January to April after completing training. Scheduling is flexible; sites generally operate on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

Training 
Training is mix of online and classroom learning.  Online training is available in November, and classroom training takes place in January.

Required Skills 
No tax experience is necessary. Basic computer proficiency is helpful. 

Next Steps 
We are no longer accepting Tax Preparers for the 2014 tax season.  Registration for the 2015 tax season will open in October.  Contact volunteer@economicprogress.org to add your name to the contact list.

Tax Site Assistant

Aid in the overall flow of tax sites by helping with administrative activities, including client intake and outtake, copying and filing documents and child care. Site managers determine volunteer roles depending on the needs at each site.

Time Commitment 
Volunteers are asked to volunteer a total of 30 hours or more from January to April after completing training. Scheduling is flexible; sites generally operate on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

Training 
Training is a mix of online and classroom learning.  Online training is available in November, and the classroom training is available in January.  View available training and sign up by registering to volunteer.

Required Skills 
No prior experience is necessary.

Next Steps 
We are no longer accepting Tax Site Assistants for the 2014 tax season.  Registration for the 2015 tax season will open in October.  Contact volunteer@economicprogress.org to add your name to the contact list.

Financial Coach

Coaches work one-on-one with low-income adults to provide instruction and guidance on participant-selected goals related to building savings, reducing debt, and understanding and improving credit. Volunteers will be selected in August and September, complete classroom training as a group and be matched with a program participant for six months.

Time Commitment  
Volunteers will complete one full day of training, then meet monthly with their matched program participant for a period of six months.  At the end of six months, the participant will graduate from the program.

Training  
Volunteers attend a full-day training and may complete online learning modules throughout the duration of the program. 

Required Skills  
We are looking for volunteers that demonstrate empathy, an understanding of the financial challenges facing low-income adults, and a willingness to learn how to coach people on goals related to savings, debt, and credit. 

Next Steps  
A new application for financial coaches will be available in late summer 2014.  Please contact the Volunteer Engagement department via email or at (312) 630-0288 x 1 to put your name on our outreach mailing list.  We will notify you as soon as the application period is open.

Office Volunteer

Support CEP’s mission behind the scenes. Projects are available on an as-needed basis and may include data entry, mailings, research and more.

Time Commitment 
Time commitment is flexible and may be as little as 2-3 hours one time; we ask that volunteers complete projects to which they have committed. Telecommuting may be available for volunteers outside the Chicagoland area for certain projects.

Training 
On-the-job training and special sessions are provided as needed.

Required Skills 
No prior experience is necessary.

Next Steps 
Please note that office volunteers must register with an email address to receive any communications from CEP. Sign up as an office volunteer using our online registration system; you will receive our monthly email newsletter, where we share current opportunities. 

Tax Representative

Represent low-income clients on federal and state income tax issues.

Time Commitment 
Time commitment is flexible, and telecommuting is available. Volunteers may complete cases from their home or office and can take on cases according to their availability.

Training 
On-the-job training and special sessions are provided as needed.

Required Skills 
CPAs, attorneys and Enrolled Agents are able to take cases. Other volunteers may help out with administrative activities; the only requirement for administrative assistance is a willingness to learn.

Next Steps 
We are not currently accepting new tax representatives. For more information, email volunteer@economicprogress.org.


Questions? Contact the Volunteer Engagement department via email or at (312) 630-0288.