January 2015

Did You Know?
Compass Center VITA volunteers assisted 235 community members in filing their federal and state tax returns last year resulting in more than $230,000 in refunds. That's money returned to our community!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Compass Center is accepting applications for the following volunteer positions! Click here to complete an application.
  • Domestic Violence Hotline Advocates
  • Spanish-speaking Interpreters/Translators 
  • First Response Volunteers (FRVs)
  • Domestic Violence Community Educators (CEs)
  • Start Strong Facilitators
For a detailed description of these positions, click here.

For more information, please contact Linda Chamiec-Case, Director of Education Programs at resources@compassctr.org or Susan Friedman, Director of Domestic Violence Crisis Services at dvvolunteers@compassctr.org.

We are also seeking volunteers for our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program!

Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters for this year's tax season. Greeters need to be dependable, well organized and mild-mannered. Each volunteer will be required to take a short ethics test based on IRS materials provided. Our VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will be held on all Mondays and four Tuesdays, from February 2 through April 13, at the Chapel Hill Public Library. No knowledge of tax preparation or tax law is needed. Training will be provided. Volunteer shifts are 8:30am-12:30pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm. Several shifts are still available. 

Email vita@compassctr.org for more information.
Tax Season is Right Around the Corner!
Again this year, Compass Center will be providing FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low to moderate income individuals and families. Volunteer preparers are trained and certified by the IRS. Appointments will be offered each Monday, February 2 - April 13 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. (Please note this change! Tax preparation will not be done at our office this year.) Appointment scheduling will begin on January 24. Eligibility information and appointment scheduling can be done online here or you can call us at 919-968-4610.
2015 Family Law Workshops
On January 15th, Compass Center kicks off our Legal Education Workshops with the first of a series of monthly workshops on family law. Topics will include but are not limited to: separation, divorce, spousal support, property distribution, child support and child custody, and domestic violence and the law. All workshops are held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. with registration sign-in at 5:45 p.m. Workshops will be presented by licensed attorneys, John Miskey and Sarah Carr D'Amato. 

In addition to our legal workshops, Compass Center offers Legal Information Services and Community Legal Project. Please call us at 919-968-4610 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

January News
Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 INDY Give!Guide! We raised nearly $5,000 to support our self-sufficiency and domestic violence services. We also appreciate the support of our partners: DSI Comedy, Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery and Shared Visions Foundation!
Contact Us
For help with domestic violence issues, please call our 24-hour crisis hotline: 919.929.7122

For career, legal and financial programs: 919.968.4610
Board of Directors
Peggy Masse, Chair; Laura Morrison, Vice Chair
Doris Friend, Secretary; Mark Phillips, Treasurer
Laura Lazarus Frankel; Holly Gunning; Jane Leserman-Madison; 
John Miskey; Leah Ogden; Nancy Rickard; Jane Sommers-Kelly

Henderson Street House Foundation
Mimi Fountain; Joan Gillings; Margie Haber; Jay Miller; Sara Morgan