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Catholic Community ServicesVolunteering

Touch a life. Share your love.

When you volunteer at CCS, you put your faith into action. Whether you have a few hours to share or many more, you make a difference in the life of a child, a family, or an adult in need.

Here’s how you can help.

 

Volunteer Opportunities with Pio Decimo Center

Volunteer Tax Preparer

  • No Experience Necessary
  • FREE Tax Law and Software Training provided
  • Become IRS-Certified to Prepare Tax Returns
  • Boost the Income of Low-Income Families
  • Bring money back into the community
  • Work an average of 6 hours a week during tax season (Jan. – April),
  • Prepare simple tax forms (no businesses) for low/moderate income filers
  • Need reviewers before e-filing

Greeter/ Screener:

  • Attend pre-tax season greeter training and orientation.
  • Sign clients in at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.
  • Interview clients to make sure they have all documents needed to get their taxes done.
  • Use check in process for clients who are dropping off taxes to be done later.
  • Use screening tools to assign clients to tax preparer based on level of skill needed to properly prepare the return.
  • Monitor waiting room activities, assisting clients with completing paperwork, locating their place on the waiting list, and answering general (non-tax) questions.

Interpreter:

  • Provide translation assistance for Spanish-speaking clients
  • Assist Spanish-speaking clients with filling out intake forms, as needed

Contact Rita Camacho 520-622-2801 x7105

Microloans, Financial Education, and Asset Building

Help individuals and families achieve financial stability. Volunteer mentors and workshop presenters are needed to help individuals with financial management, goal setting, and personal development.

Contact Liz Thomey by email liz@ccs-pio.org or by phone at 520-622-2801 x7118

Family Service

​​Work with individuals and families who need clothing, food boxes, and referrals to local agencies and services. Special support needed with holiday food boxes, toys for Christmas, and back to school clothes and shoe drives.

Contact Sonia Lopez 520-622-2801 x7112

Seniors

​​Work with low income seniors in the Barrio Viejo Elderly Housing Program located across the street from Pio Decimo Center and at Casitas On East Broadway, located at 2121 E. Broadway.  Activities at both sites include art & crafts, health and nutrition education, computer skills, recreation and socialization, shopping and field trips, literacy and other personal enrichment activities.

Contact Maria Antonia Powers 520-623-4999 for Barrio Viejo Elderly Housing

Contact Dorothy Acevedo 520-624-7392 for Casitas On East Broadway

Child Care

All volunteers 18 years and older must be able to get or have fingerprint clearance through the State of Arizona. The volunteer pays the $67.00 fee and is reimbursed after 40 hours of service.

(16-18 year old volunteers if they fill out an application, have a TB test completed, and have current shot records)

16 years of age minimum.

Contact Molly Tylutki 520-622-2801 x7119

John Valenzuela Youth Center

All volunteers 18 years and older must be able to get or have fingerprint clearance through the State of Arizona. The volunteer pays the $67.00 fee and is reimbursed after 40 hours of service. (16-18 year old volunteers if they fill out an application, have a TB test completed, and have current shot records) 16 years of age minimum. Teens (at the JVYC)

Work with teens, age 13 through 18 in an evening program designed to help encourage youth to stay in school and prevent youth from participating in gangs. Activities include team sports and recreation, computer education and homework, social and leadership development, and community/ fundraising events.

Contact Gloria Hamelitz 520-792-9251

Volunteer Opportunities with Merilac Lodge

Become a member of the Merilac Lodge Auxiliary

Merilac Lodge is a licensed residential group home for teens that are either pregnant or have babies/children.   The Merilac Lodge Auxiliary raises money to pay for capital improvements to the home and replacement of vehicles. The auxiliary hosts a holiday party for the residents and arranges for additional infant supplies, school supplies, and personal grooming items that are not covered by the resident’s monthly allowance.

Additional volunteers are needed for tutoring, childbirth instruction, and helping with routine yard work and maintenance.

For information about joining the Merilac Auxiliary or volunteering, call 520-623-0344 x7019

Volunteer Opportunities with Migration and Refugee Services

Migration & Refugee Services (MRS) of Catholic Social Service provides resettlement services to welcome refugees into their new lives and community. Volunteers assist with a variety of ways:

Apartment Set-Up

Help MRS set up apartments for newly arriving refugee families.

English Tutor

Help refugees learn and practice basic English through conversation, basic lessons and drills.

Family Mentors/Community Orientation /Financial education class/ Public transportation training

Help refugees adapt to their new home by being a family mentor, providing local, social and cultural orientation. Help refugees to open a bank account and teach refugees how to use public transportation.

Donations pick-up and transportation to appointments and work

Pick up and deliver furniture, appliance, and other donations to refugees and transport refugees to and from appointments and/or work.

To volunteer, please contact the Migration & Refugee Services program of Catholic Community Services at (520) 670-0821 or email Margaret Palmer at margaretp@ccs-soaz.org