RSVP Offers Free Income Tax Preparation

January 31st, 2014

120Oswego, NY– Beginning February 1 through April 15, The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a division of SUNY Oswego`s Office of Business and Community Relations, will staff tax sites in Oswego County.

RSVP manages its program in partnership with AARP, the IRS and the State Department of Taxation and Finance. Counseling sessions are available for all, with special attention to those 60 and older.

Taxpayers should bring photo identification, along with last year’s completed tax forms, W-2s, 1099s, unemployment compensation statements, all forms indicating federal income tax paid, dependent care provider information?including name, employer, provider identification or Social Security number?receipts or canceled checks for itemized deductions, bank account information for direct deposit, and a Social Security or individual identification card for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents.

RSVP Sites:
? Central Square: 637 So. Main St. (Rt. 11), — Fridays from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm by appointment only. Call 343-5524 between 9 am – 7 pm to schedule an appointment.
? Fulton: Municipal Building, 141 South 1st Street ? Walk-in only; Wednesdays 9am?12pm and 6-8 pm.
? Oswego: McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street ? Walk-in only; Tuesdays 11am-3pm.
? Phoenix: Public Library, 34 Elm Street ? Weekdays by appointment. Call: (Fred) 695-2553, (Bill) 458-1465, (Betty) 934-4333.
For more information on this and other RSVP programs, or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, call 312-2317 or email RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National & Community Service and is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

Pictured in photo is AARP Tax Aide and RSVP volunteer, Julie Birtle. Article was reproduced from Palladium Times Jan. 31, edition.

United Way Recognizes Leadership Givers

January 27th, 2014

119Fulton, NY: The United Way of Greater Oswego County recognized its many leadership givers during a special reception in their honor at Under the Moon in Fulton. The event was attended by more than 60 Leadership Givers, those who pledge $500 or more annually.

?We truly appreciate our Leadership Givers,? said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way. ?From our corporate sponsors to our small business owners and our individual leaders, their exceptional level of giving and their care and concern for our community is inspirational. The generosity of our Leadership Givers plays an important role in the success of our Annual Campaign as it set the pace and gets the campaign off to a strong start.?

Community Bank, N.A., one of United Way?s newest supporters, sponsored the event. Community Bank, N.A., operates more than 185 branch offices across Upstate and Central New York, including those in Fulton and Oswego, as well as throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. ?We are happy to have been able to partner with United Way of Greater Oswego County on this event and are proud to count ourselves among the many area businesses and organizations that lend their support to such a worthy cause as United Way,? said Mark Tryniski, President and CEO Community Bank, N.A.

The United Way?s Annual Campaign serves as the organizations primary fundraiser as the campaign looks to raise money in support of the many human services programs that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County. For more about the mission of the United Way and the 2014 campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit their website at

Cut line for photo: Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler (l), welcomes Fulton Branch Manager for Community Bank, N.A., Tina Stephens (c) and Branch Assistant, Sue Kasperek (r) to United Way?s Leadership Givers Reception. Sponsored by Community Bank, N.A, and hosted by Under the Moon in Fulton, the event honors those businesses, organizations and individuals that pledge more than $500 to the United Way?s Annual Campaign.