The Harford Community Action Agency, with Harford County government and the AARP, has created a plan to help working low- and moderate-income families and individuals by assisting them in claiming federal tax benefits they have earned.
Tax benefits that residents may not realize they are eligible for include the Earned Income Credit, worth up to $4,716 for families who worked in 2007; and the Child Tax Credit, worth $1,000 per child for those who qualify.
"These are not some form of handout, but a federal income tax credit that hard-working Harford County families have earned," said Harford County Executive David R. Craig. "This extra income can help our citizens meet everyday expenses like groceries and clothing."
The Harford Community Action Agency has established a hot line to help citizens claim their benefits and get free tax help in preparing their 2007 returns through several community organizations.
Free conference for transitioning special needs youth and adults
The New Life Center at Mountain Christian Church will host the Expo for Transitioning Youth from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 at 1824 Mountain Road in Joppa.
The expo is a free conference for teens and young adults with special needs and their families facing the challenges and opportunities of a transition to adulthood.
Workshops on topics such as finding your first job, support for students with disabilities at Harford Community College, getting a Maryland driver's license, meeting financial goals and money habits, using public transportation, and Social Security Administration benefits, will be available.
Visitors also can meet face-to-face with representatives of vendors, agencies, organizations and support groups that provide services to persons with disabilities.
Registration and information are available online at www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/disabilities or by calling 410-638-3373.
Training class offered for SARC volunteers
The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center Inc. will hold a SARC Helper training class for individuals who are interested in being a volunteer in the office and with special projects.
Training classes will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 18. Those interested should call for an application and to set up an interview.
This training does not involve working with clients. Shifts may vary and are flexible.
SARC is Harford County's nonprofit service provider for domestic and sexual violence, as well as stalking victims.
Information: 410-836-8431 ext. 20.