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Positions

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

Registration for Tax Preparers, Tax Site Assistants and Savings Campaign Champions is now open. We also are currently accepting applications for Tax Representatives and Office Volunteers. 

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 
Registration for the 2015 tax season is now open. Register today to "Take Action. Make Opportunity." Contact volunteer@economicprogress.org if you have any questions.

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 
Registration for the 2015 tax season is now open. Register today to "Take Action. Make Opportunity."

Contact volunteer@economicprogress.org if you have any questions.

Savings Campaign Champion

Aid our Savings Campaign by urging low-income families to get on track with their finances and to pledge to save a portion of their tax return.

Time Commitment 

Volunteers are asked to volunteer one shift (4 hours) per week. Scheduling is flexible; sites generally operate on weekday evenings and Saturdays.


Locations 

Volunteers for the 2015 tax season will be needed at our Uptown, Bronzeville, and West Chicago sites. 

Training 

All training will be done on site by the Savings Campaign Coach and Manager. 

Required Skills

No prior experience is necessary. Energetic and enthusiastic people are encouraged to apply. 

Next Steps

Registration for the 2015 tax season is now open. Contact tdobson@economicprogress.org today to "Take Action. Make Opportunity" as a Savings Campaign Champion. 

 

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 eligible to take cases.  At most times, experience with tax representation is a requirement.  We are able to provide training and select times of the year.

Next Steps 
Tax Representatives can submit this form to esternberg@economicprogress.org at any time.  If approved, we will keep you on our contact list to receive cases.  When we have an eligible case, we will offer it to volunteers with a matching skill set.


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