"We've found a lot of times people who have never belonged to a financial institution," said Carpenter. "We want them to see they can trust a financial institution and that we can give them the information and the tools they need so they can do more with their money."
"We've even seen people who have gotten themselves into a financial situation where they're concerned about having anything to put into a savings or checking account," said Eppler. "We can help educate them to get out of that situation and start building credit and building a savings. That's why we're here."
For more information about the EITC or a list of tax preparation sites offered by coalition volunteers, call 335-8599 or dial 2-1-1. More information about the EITC may also be found on the IRS Web site, www.irs.gov.