CAS offering free tax help

January 16, 2013

CAS will provide free tax assistance

Community Action Southwest will offer free, basic, online income tax filing assistance to qualified working households in Washington and Greene counties that made less than $50,000 in 2012, regardless of the number of people living in the household.

Through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, the agency helped 583 households in the two counties file their income taxes last tax season, and $534,640 was refunded to those taxpayers.

CAS operates its VITA program in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and through funding from the United Way of Washington County and Greene County United Way. The majority of volunteers who assist taxpayers are students from Washington & Jefferson College and Waynesburg University.

VITA sites will be open Jan. 31 through April 11 in both counties. Appointments are available as follows:

• Washington, 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays;

• Waynesburg, 1 to 8 p.m. Thursdays;

• Burgettstown Area Library, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays;

• John K. Tener Library in Charleroi

Satellite sites also will be open in Carmichaels, Donora, Canonsburg and Jefferson on various Tuesdays throughout the tax season.

To make an appointment or obtain more information, call 877-814-0788, ext. 421.

CAS offering adult education classes

Community Action Southwest’s adult education program, designed to help Greene and Washington County residents 17 or older improve their skills and/or obtain their GED, is accepting students.

A complete schedule of classes is available in the two-county area. Classes are taught every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Greene, Mon Valley and Washington CareerLink sites. Classes also are offered until 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Carmichaels, Burgettstown and Washington and Thursdays in Waynesburg and Washington.

Pennsylvania-certified instructors work with students to determine their weekly class schedule. Volunteer tutors also are available to meet with students in libraries or other neutral locations throughout in both counties. In addition, students partnered with a trained case manager, who will help them find employment and/or enroll in a trade school or college.

For more information or to register for classes, call 877-814-0788, ext. 546.

‘Moulin Rouge’ theme of Heart Ball

The American Heart Association, Washington/Mon Valley Division, will hold the Heart Ball, the organization’s signature fundraiser, March 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

The Heart Ball committee selected the theme “Moulin Rouge” for the event, which raises money to support heart and stroke medical research, as well as public and professional education programs. Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded important discoveries, such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

Co-chairmen are Pat McCune, president and CEO of Community Bank, and Nancy Bedwell, vice president of marketing for Beverage Distribution Inc.

For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Diana Cummings at 412-208-3577 or Also, visit the Heart Ball website,

Historical society to show documentary

The Jefferson Township Historical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the White Church, 11 Fire Road, Eldersville.

“Pittsburgh from the Air,” a WQED documentary, will be shown. Refreshments will be served. Those who attend do not need to be members of the society



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