In brief

AARP Foundation to provide tax assistance

LANSING — This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service.

“Last year, we assisted more than 72,000 people in preparing and filing their tax returns,” said Jacqueline Morrison, AARP Michigan State Director. “We could not do it without our more than 1,000 volunteers, who make an indelible mark on the communities they help.”

Last year, 1,054 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped 72,729 people file their federal, state and local tax returns. Taxpayers who used Tax-Aide in Michigan received $26.8 million in refunds and $3.8 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. The program is offered at approximately 180 sites in Michigan including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

For more information or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227- 7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. — G.G.

Security Credit Union HR invests in certifications

FLINT — Two representatives from the Security Credit Union (SCU) human resources department have been certified by the HR Certification Institute after six months of training with the Society for Human Resource Management.

Vice President Human Resources and 27- year SCU veteran Jay Yax is now a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), while Kate McNamara, SCU Human Resources Generalist, is now certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Yax resides in Clio with his wife Kristen, while McNamara lives in Flint Township. — G.G.

Sunrise Rotary seeks grant applications

FLINT — The Greater Flint Sunrise Rotary Club is seeking grant applications for their 2014 Community Service Grants Program. Grant applications are being accepted from any Genesee County non-profit organization dedicated to serving youth.

Grants awarded are typically between $500- $1,000 but can be larger, depending on the needs of the organization and the proposed youth related project.

Proceeds from the Greater Flint Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual golf outing, held in July of each year, fund the grants which are given out to worthy non-profits the following year.

Interested organizations can obtain a grant application from the Club’s website at: or by e-mailing Completed applications can be no longer than two pages and are due via email by April 4 at 5 p.m. — G.G.

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