Volunteering might not be a top priority during your college career or as you prepare for the CPA exam, but there are numerous reasons to consider donating your time. First and foremost, it’s a great way to make a difference in your local community and give back to people and organizations in need. Volunteering also provides an opportunity to make new friends, expand your network, and increase your social and relationship skills.
But did you know that volunteers also have higher odds of finding employment in today’s job market? A report from the Corporation for National and Community Service found that volunteers have a 27 percent higher chance of finding a job than non-volunteers. Volunteering shows initiative, effective time management and demonstrates an excellent work ethic.
Looking to get involved? Check out this list of volunteer opportunities for accounting students, candidates and young professionals.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS program designed to help low- and moderate-income taxpayers complete their annual tax returns at no cost. Volunteers learn how to prepare individual tax returns and help taxpayers get the tax credits and deductions they are entitled to. The VITA program allows you to work on real tax returns and gain valuable experience that can help in your future career.
The first step to becoming a tax volunteer is to find a sponsoring organization that partners with the IRS. Submit your contact information using the VITA Volunteer Sign Up or talk to an accounting professor at your college to see if they already have a VITA partnership.
“VITA provides an opportunity for students to make a difference in the community, develop job skills, meet new people and enhance their education,” says Louis Tatum, CPA–Corpus Christi, TSCPA member, and VITA volunteer for the past seven years. “Volunteering provides great networking opportunities and can be a great asset to your resume. Many CPAs I’ve met in my career have indicated that real-world experience like VITA is a plus when hiring young employees.”
For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-tax-volunteers.
Volunteer Opportunities with the Texas Society of CPAs
Becoming a member of TSCPA opens the door to numerous volunteer opportunities. Each of our 20 chapters across Texas is committed to giving back to the local community through volunteer and service activities.
Now is the perfect time to get involved! During the month of November, TSCPA is hosting the statewide CPA Month of Service. This month-long service event represents the CPA profession’s ongoing commitment to serving the communities where its professionals live and work.
Volunteer anywhere you’re passionate about! Are you an animal lover? Why not volunteer at a local animal shelter or humane society. Love kids? Get involved with a local mentorship or tutoring program. Are you interested in protecting the environment? Organize a local park or beach clean-up event. The possibilities are endless and choosing a cause you are passionate about will deliver the greatest reward.
Become a TSCPA Student Campus Representative
TSCPA is always looking for student representatives to serve as our connection to campuses throughout the state. Our goal is to strengthen TSCPA’s presence on college campuses, share information across the state and learn more about what we can do to support Texas students as they work towards becoming a CPA.
As a campus rep, you’ll distribute TSCPA membership applications and help spread the word about the organization and the benefits of becoming a student member. In return, you’ll receive a complimentary student membership ($35 value per year) and all the perks that come with that membership, including all TSCPA publications, unlimited access to exclusive members-only areas on our website and the benefits of listing TSCPA on your resume to show future employers your commitment to the CPA profession.
Email Catherine Raffetto for more information on becoming a student rep.