DETAILS ON OUR UPCOMING TRAINING CLASSES
CTA is pleased to announce our upcoming training schedule. All volunteers, regardless of experience level, must attend training. Here is our class schedule as of now.
BASIC – Everyone is invited to Basic training. COURSE CONTENT: This class consists of an introduction to CTA and a review of Federal and New York State tax rules with special emphasis on the low-income individual. Additionally, we will review interviewing techniques. THIS CLASS IS MANDATORY
ADVANCED/MANAGERS – As of now an Advanced Class is being planned. We will let you know about it in the next issue of this newsletter.
Here is our training schedule. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time. The following classes have been confirmed.
This class will be given via ZOOM on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 9am to 5pm. A lunch break is scheduled from 12 noon to 1pm.
This class will be given via ZOOM on Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 9am to 12noon. We will prepare a tax return using our tax software. THIS CLASS IS MANDATORY.
This forum is a chance for you to ask us about anything CTA: questions on training, our materials, the virtual tax return process, your responsibilities, etc. It is also a way for us to get to know you and to help you navigate through this upcoming season. This meeting will be given via ZOOM on Sunday, February 6, 2022, from 2pm to 4pm. THIS MEETING IS NOT MANDATORY.
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION AND SURVEY
All volunteers must fill out our online application to volunteer for the 2022 tax season. Once
registered, we will send you our class materials and ZOOM registration on or about the week of January 16, 2022.
If you have already filled out our 2022 volunteer application, there is no need for you to do so again. You will receive these materials. For those of you who have not filled out an application, you can do so by accessing it here https://bit.ly/CTAVolunteerApplication Visit our website: www.ctanyc.org for the latest updates. PLEASE NOTE that this is our new web address.
Attention prior year volunteers: We would like to know how the past season went for you and also to properly plan our next season. CTA has prepared a survey just for you to fill out. Please click on the link below and answer the questions. It should take just a few minutes of your time. Thank you.
2021 CTA Volunteer Feedback Survey
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON EITHER OUR TAX SEASON OR OUR TRAINING CLASSES, SEND AN EMAIL TO Generalinfo@ctanyc.org.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR RECRUITING COMMITTEE
This year our recruiting materials, job postings, and pitch to potential new volunteers got sharper and more effective. We added new schools to our outreach and, more importantly, established real partnerships with some schools. We also added a video PowerPoint presentation to our recruitment repertoire that seemed to be well received.
This season CTA made solid inroads in holding CTA-exclusive information sessions at multiple schools, including Queens College, Pace University, and New York University. With these partnerships now in place, we will revisit these schools next year armed with what we learned this year and with fewer obstacles to negotiate. We will also add schools that we have not yet worked one-on-one with to our schedule.
So, what does all this translate to in terms of actual results? This season approximately two hundred students were enticed to meet with us. Even more importantly, the percentage of students who took the all-essential next step after their initial introduction of filling out and submitting our CTA Volunteer Application increased significantly from prior years. So far more than one hundred students have submitted a completed CTA Volunteer Application.
Most importantly, I want to thank Wenny Zheng, Victor Jordan, Bruce Neiger, Tom Poon and Emil Gomez for attending career fairs on behalf of CTA. Attending a career fair requires a significant commitment of time and effort and they are crucial to our recruiting needs.
- Dan Zuk, Recruiting Committee
CTA CALENDAR – NEXT BOARD MEETING
The next meeting of the CTA board is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, 2021, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The meeting will be held remotely with participants accessing a call-in code. If you would like to participate, send an email to Generalinfo@ctanyc.org before the meeting date for this access code. All are welcome.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM COMMUNITY TAX AID!