Meet VITA Volunteer Javier Romero
Helping people one tax return at a time

United Way Hero

The success of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is not possible without the tremendous support of our VITA volunteers. They go through countless hours of training, dedicate their weekday and weekends to filing returns, and help families save hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees. While most volunteers have been filing their own taxes for years, Javier Romero began helping individuals and families long before he had to file his own taxes. Starting as a freshman at Grant Union High School, Javier volunteered at tax events that took place on campus. Fast forward five years later and now as a college student, Javier continues to help families save money and determine if they qualify for more than $6,000 in possible tax credits.

Javier started volunteering for VITA to get his community service hours, but he quickly discovered that helping people with what can be a stressful process, was actually a fulfilling experience for him. He likes educating individuals and families about money they may qualify for through things like state and federal EITC and child tax credits. He even gets some return customers who find him year after year to file their tax returns.

What would Javier tell others interested in volunteering? “It’s really fun in the end. You get to help people with something they may not understand and make their day.”

A big thank you to Javier! Your support has helped so many families.