Volunteers Archives

Building a Resume and Building Connections: MEDA Volunteer Nicte-Ha Chacon Paves Her Professional Pathway as a Tax Preparer in the Mission

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante Nicte-Ha Chacon was born and raised in Marin County, so has always been a Bay Area girl at heart. Growing up she has fond memories of day trips to San Francisco, going out to eat with her family, visiting the Embarcadero and checking out art on street corners.  Most…

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From the Land of Green to Green for Clients: MEDA Tax Volunteer Sander Bruens Empowers Clients with Financial Knowledge

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante When Sander Bruins arrived in the U.S. from Ireland, he was ready to dive into a new culture, and career. What enticed him to head to the San Francisco Bay Area was a web developer position at tech giant Google, where he would be tasked with designing software tools…

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Retired MEDA Tax Volunteer Rick Adams Bring Happiness to All — and $144K in Refunds to the Community

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante Rick Adams came to San Francisco in 1988. He got his MBA at the University of San Francisco, and after making the most of an annual ski pass at Squaw Valley, ventured down a new pathway as a consultant. He started a successful consulting business and moved up and…

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From DC to the Bay Area, MEDA Volunteer David DyTang Tackles Taxes

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante Washington D.C. resident David DyTang took a plunge into the unknown in 2016 by venturing to the Bay Area. He decided to make this move after being offered a risk management position at Uber, at the time a scaling startup looking to generate global impact.  Though David had a…

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New Year’s Resolution: Become a MEDA Tax Volunteer

  Here’s a New Year’s resolution that’s sure to generate impact: Become a MEDA tax volunteer and give back to the low-income Mission community. MEDA is the largest free VITA tax service in the Bay Area, but that takes volunteers … like you. The upcoming season runs from Jan. 22 to April 15. (Read of…

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MEDA Volunteer Noemi Chi-Moran Prepares 96 Tax Returns for Free for the Low-Income Community

When Noemi Chi-Moran moved back to San Francisco last year, she settled into her Excelsior neighborhood home and starting looking for ways to give back. Combining her altruism and a fluency in Spanish, Noemi decided to try preparing taxes for free for the Latino low-income community. When she learned that MEDA did VITA work at…

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Dancer Jeremy Smith Steps into a New Role as MEDA Tax Volunteer

“Volunteering is about more than taxes. People come in expecting that just their taxes will be done, but they end up with so much more,” says MEDA Free Tax Preparation volunteer Jeremy Smith. Over the last three months, Jeremy has gingerly balanced his life as a dancer at ODC with his desire to give back…

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Financial Assets Program Manager Jackie Marcelos’ Speech at 2018 Tax Season Volunteer Thank-You Event

With the season having ended this week, it was time last night to honor the almost 150 volunteers who served 4,400 community members, with around $5 million returned via free tax preparation in San Francisco. At the event, Financial Assets Program Manager Jackie Marcelos (photo, right, accompanied by volunteer Noemi Chin-Moran), gave an impassioned speech,…

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MEDA Tax Season Volunteers Celebrate 3,700+ Returns Prepared and Over $5.4 Million Returned to Low-Income Community

With MEDA staff and volunteers tirelessly preparing tax returns for free this past season, it was definitely time to celebrate after the completion of 11 weeks of hard work. So everyone came together on April 24 to pause and reflect on their having forever bettered the lives of low-income Mission residents. The impact The impact…

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End-of-Year Giving: Ways to Donate or Volunteer to Help Mission Kids

It’s the season of giving, as we collectively work to improve the lives of Mission students. It’s easy. Just donate to a cause in the Mission in lieu of purchasing gifts, or ask your friends and family to make your holiday gift a tax-deductible donation. There are many impactful Mission-based organizations providing access to critical services and…

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