Free Tax Help Available in Bay Area; Use Our Interactive Map


Hundreds of volunteers are being deployed throughout the San Francisco Bay area to help the region’s poorest tax payers prepare their taxes this year, thanks to regional United Way agencies, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and local nonprofits and businesses.

The tax help for those making less than $50,000 a year is available at 200 locations. Below is an interactive map created by Good Neighbor Stories showing locations in Santa Clara County. Clicking on the map links to a page that includes a full list on the left-hand side of the page.

According to the Earn it!Keep It! Save It! program led by United Way of the Bay Area, less than five percent of those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are not taking advantage of the free tax preparation. Many turn to commercial tax preparers paying between $150 and $300, which officials estimate costs $2.2 million annually in the Bay Area alone.

“Unfortunately, thousands of low-income taxpayers are not taking advantage of our free, expert tax preparation,” said Kelly Batson, director of Earn It! Keep It! Save It! [Read more…]

Christmas Tree Lots For Good Interactive Map 2011


Shopping for a Christmas tree in Silicon Valley this weekend? You can find your perfect tree and help others at the same time by using our interactive map. Thank you to Los Altos Patch, which provided theChristmas Tree information. Check out the article for more detail about each of the organizations sponsoring the tree lots.

Don’t delay, because a few of the lots are open for a limited time only. For example, this is the only weekend for Trees For Troops at Battaglia Ranch in San Martin, a program that ships trees to military families. A part of the Spirit of Christmas Foundation, the program has provided approximately 84,000 trees to families since it began in 2005.

Have we missed a lot that’s doing good this holiday season? Tell us in the comments section, and we’ll add it to the map.

Update: See our 2012 map.

View Christmas Tree Lots For Good 2011 in a larger map