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What is in YOUR Next Chapter? Find out by Joining MEDA’s VITA Tax Team in 2020!

by MEDA’s Marcail Distante In addition to catching yourself scratching out “19” on different forms, papers and documents, 2020 comes with a new chapter in your book of life. Now is the ideal time to think about what unknown stories, learnings and networks lie ahead of you with each available opportunity. That’s why you should…

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MEDA Tax Volunteer Teresa Beatty Tests Her Skills, and her Spanish, and Nets $40K in Refunds for the Low-Income and Immigrant Community

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante When two of Teresa Beatty’s friends started working at MEDA, they eagerly encouraged her to start volunteering with the organization. She looked into the different volunteer programs available, deciding upon the VITA program.  Working some time as an ESL teacher in France, Teresa was familiar with how difficult it…

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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 Bruens 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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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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MEDA July 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Alex Surdilla, Development and Marketing

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers—the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Alex Surdilla Program: Development and Marketing Why…

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