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BCOC’s VITA program receives grant from Foundations Community Partnership

Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) has received a grant from Foundations Community Partnership for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

The grant, which is part of FCP’s Capital Improvement Grant Program, will provide $10,000 to the Opportunity Council to purchase new computers and printers for the VITA program.

The VITA program trains and certifies individuals to prepare federal and state income tax returns for low-income families.

The Opportunity Council has operated the VITA program in Bucks County for over 14 years.

In 2018, the VITA program was staffed in four different locations, Quakertown, Warminster, Newtown and Levittown.

Last tax season, the Opportunity Council volunteers completed over 1200 federal tax returns.

“We are very excited to receive this grant from Foundations Community Partnership,” explained Eileen Albillar, Volunteer and Community Connections Manager at the BCOC. “This grant will give us the opportunity to purchase new equipment for the program as we continue to serve more low-income families here in Bucks.”

In order to qualify for the VITA program, families must have made $54,000 or less annually last year.

For more information about FCP, visit www.fcpartnership.org.

To volunteer and learn more about VITA and the Bucks County Opportunity Council, visit www.bcoc.org

PHOTO CAP: Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Eileen Albillar (left), Volunteer and Community Connections Manager, and Tammy Schoonover (right), Director of Community Services, receive check from Ron Bernstein, Executive Director, Foundations Community Partnership.