Community Notes: January 24, 2014

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Community Notes are published as space permits. The View runs these items free of charge as a service to the community and puts as many into each newspaper as possible. If you have a notice that must run by a certain date, please contact our advertising department at 623-535-8439.

Grants to You announces February workshop

Grants to You will be offering a two-session class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb.15 and 22 at the SouthWest Skill Center at Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

Participants will learn how to apply for grants on behalf of their designated nonprofit organizations.

Interested individuals must register for this dual class by calling 623-935-8888, selecting “admissions and registration” and mentioning class No. 39682.

A check for $35 needs to be paid before the class by mailing it to Community Education at Estrella Mountain Community College.

In addition, go to, click “classes,” “live and online classes” and then the Maricopa County class listed and complete the registration, which is at no extra charge.

Participants should have the names and contact information of the nonprofits they have chosen to help.

Since its inception in 2001, Grants to You chapters have graduated more than 940 volunteers who have helped win more than $2.1 million for their favorite local nonprofit charities.

For information, call Shirley Baskin at 805-419-4599.

Golf tournament fundraiser announced

The city of Tolleson is hosting its annual fundraising golf tournament for the W.C. Scoutten/Tolleson Branch Boys & Girls Club March 14 at the Wigwam Golf Club, 451 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.

The cost is $150 per player or $600 for a foursome. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and a goodie bag.

The event helps youths in the Tolleson community reach their potential as productive and responsible citizens.

Registration forms are available online at

For information, call Ruth Espinoza at 623-936-2754 or email

Avondale announces free tax assistance service

The city of Avondale will be providing free tax preparation services to benefit individuals and families with low to moderate income.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households that make less than $52,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns.

The service will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale.

The first day of tax preparation will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 and end April 5.

There will be a Blow Out event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive.

To electronically file joint returns, both spouses must be present.

For those seeking services, take the following:

Social Security cards or IRS ITIN card or ITIN letter for all household members

Picture ID for taxpayer (and spouse)

Birth dates for all people listed on the tax return

Proof of all income including W-2 and 1099 forms

Name, address and tax ID number of childcare provider

Amount of money paid to childcare provider last year

Account and routing numbers of direct deposit

Copy of last year’s tax return, if available

For information about the tax preparation service, call 623-333-2703.

If you are interested in volunteering for VITA, contact Judy DeMass at or 602-631-4860 or Francisco Avalos at or 602-631-4873.

Buckeye encourages veterans to register

The city of Buckeye is asking all veterans living in Western Arizona to register for their heath care benefits with Veterans Affairs.

The increased number of veterans will show the VA that there is a need to reopen the VA Clinic in Buckeye, according to city officials.

Veterans living in Buckeye, Ajo, Goodyear, Quartzite, Wickenburg and between are encouraged to register.

Veterans can register online at and go to “quick list” and click “apply for health care” and click “start now” or go to “other ways to apply or update your information,” or call 877-222-8387 and hit option “0.”

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