Community Services   


Community Services are a significant part of EOCís business. Our community service activities are varied and include but are not limited to following:           

Workshops for community residents on popular topics

EOC offers workshops throughout the year on topics that are relevant and of interest to our constituency.


Free tax preparation services under the Earned Income Tax Credit Program

EOC is the primary site in lower Westchester for tax preparation services under the Earned Income Tax Credit Program, operating in partnership with the Westchester County Office of Workforce Investment.  The EITC program provides free tax preparation services to low- to moderate-income members of the community (generally, $39,000 and below) who typically cannot prepare their own tax returns.  In FY 2012, the average refund obtained at EOC was $1,777, and the total of all refunds exceeded $1,200,000.

The EITC program in Westchester depends on volunteer tax-preparers to assist individuals in preparing their forms.  No prior experience is needed, and hours are flexible.  Training to prepare each year's federal and state returns is provided free by Westchester County, and the volunteers receive a certificate from the Internal Revenue Service.

To volunteer for the Earned Income Tax Program, you can register online, call (866) 914-EITC, or visit the program's website at www.westchestergov.com/eitc for more information.


HSE Testing

EOC is an official HSE Testing Center approved by the New York State Education Department, and offers the HSE Test to students and community members according to a statewide schedule.  The tests are generally administered every two weeks, on Monday and Tuesday evenings, from 4:45 PM until 9:30 PM.  Students are required to attend both nights unless they are retesting for one or two specific sections.

Applications for the HSE test (Attachment A) must be submitted in advance and can be picked up at EOC or downloaded from the NYSED.gov web site.  Individuals ages 17 or 18 must also fill out Attachment B and have their school complete the bottom portion.  Testing seats must be reserved in advance; we cannot accept walk-ins.  Applicants can drop off or send completed applications to the EOC, Attn: HSE Test / Room 709.

On the night of the HSE test all testers must bring government-issued photo identification (license, passport, etc.) two #2 pencils, and a pen.  Results are available from Albany in approximately 2-4 weeks.  Please call (914)-606-7630 if you need more information.


Voter registration campaigns

EOC offers applicants the opportunity to register to vote when they apply for enrollment in school.  We also conduct independent voter registration drives to promote the participation of underserved community residents in the voting process.

You can register to vote at any time.  Click here to download the Official Voter Registration form and instructions, either in English or in a Spanish version

 


Blood drives

Health fairs

Job Fairs

Community access to computers through our ATTAIN Lab

Advocacy for underserved populations at appropriate forums


Presentations at professional conferences and other forums

EOC personnel are available to present at community forums, conferences and other venues to address education, workforce preparation, and human services concerns of underserved populations. 

 

 

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