Free Tax Filing! Our Goal is to Save North Memphis Money!

February 14, 2019

2015 VITA (3)LET US FILE YOUR TAXES FOR FREE!

Location: Bickford Community Center
Dates: Saturdays beginning February 2, 2019 through Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 10a-1p

It’s our 12th year and so far we’ve saved North Memphis over $3.6 million!

To most of us, the phrase ‘Tax Season’ elicits feelings of dread, overwhelming piles of receipts and needed paperwork, and either forking out hard-earned cash to hire a professional or summoning the will to attempt filing on your own.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

At Oasis of Hope’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) center, our accountants are counting down until opening day begins and they will gladly dig into your numbers, help you find all the earned income credits you are due, present your needed information to the IRS, and send you on your way with no stress, a smile on your face, and tell you they are willing to do all of this at absolutely NO charge!

WHY? Because we care.

Because we enjoy investing in more than just money, and want to invest in people too. We realize that by providing trusted and IRS trained volunteers, we are building relationships with North Memphis and offering them an honest, reliable way of filing returns at no cost with one of our main goals being to find each person all the earned income tax credits they are eligible for, as well as, saving them all the filing fees other companies charge. This saves many low-income families hundreds of dollars every year and puts these precious dollars back into their households and our community. The impact is not only individual, but positively effects the local economy as a whole.

vita-free-tax-filing-100x11“We have many repeat customers who come to us every year,” says former VITA Project Coordinator, Doug Edwards. ”One lady who stood out to me a couple of years ago had just lost her mother after also losing her father the previous year. In addition, she was dealing with her own health issues and had recently lost her job, so she was very much in a world of grief and needed someone to talk with and listen. I spent about an hour with her, not only reviewing her taxes but also talking about her situation and helping to boost her spirits. She called me after she got her refund and thanked me for the help and for being supportive and a good listener. Ours is not just a ministry of help, but a ministry of love. It is so much more than just doing their taxes. We get to know these folks on a personal level and they become our friends. They trust us, they appreciate the help, but they especially appreciate the personal attention we provide.”

This year serves as the beginning of our 12th tax season, and to-date our volunteers have filed 1,817 returns saving North Memphis residents $3,636,551 in tax credits and filing fees!

QUALIFICATIONS: Free tax help is provided to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance.

TO FILE: If you would like to file, simply stop by the Bickford Community Center (233 Henry Ave) any Saturday from 10:00am-1:00pm in February and March. No appointment needed.

WHAT TO BRING:
Proof of identification
Documents showing real estate taxes paid last year
Social Security Cards (or individual Taxpayer ID Number, ITIN) for you, your spouse, and dependents
Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents
Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns if possible
Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit
Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s tax ID number
Information for other income
Information for deductions/credits

TO VOLUNTEER: If this kind of practical, hands-on ministry sounds exciting to you, we’d love to add you to our team! This is an IRS sanctioned site so you will need to go through a simple on-line training and certification pre-work (not hard). We will train and prepare you for electronic filing. For more information on volunteering, contact Terry.

If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Re-Enroll Your Kroger Card and Sign Up with Amazon Smile

February 13, 2019

kroger 275x303Kroger Requires You to Re-Enroll Your Desired Non-Profit Each Year: Shop at Kroger and Donate 3-5% without writing a check!

Each January 1st, all Kroger Community Reward Participants are required to renew their organization of choice to receive Kroger reward payments. We are hoping you will choose Oasis of Hope!

It may seem like a small act, but it’s a huge help! Designating Oasis of Hope on your Kroger card allows you to donate to our ministry each time you shop for groceries or buy gas!

For example, if 2,500 people spent $100 at Kroger, Oasis could receive a total of $7,500!

We can do a lot of ministry with that!

It takes about 3 minutes and registering your Kroger Plus Card is easier than ever:

 

If you already have an existing Kroger account:

  1. Sign in to your Kroger account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details,’ edit your Community Rewards, and search for ‘Oasis of Hope’ (or 80469). Click ‘enroll’

If you are registering your Kroger account for the first time:

  1. Creat an account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Follow the prompts to enter your email, password, & address.
  3. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details’ and designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing ‘Oasis of Hope’ in the Search box (or #80469). Click ‘enroll’

That’s it!

amazon-smile-logo110x116AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Oasis of Hope! Same products, same service!

To designate your existing Amazon account:

  1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com (email/password); click ‘Sign In’
  2. Type “Oasis of Hope” in the search field (Cordova, TN) & select … then Start Shopping! From then on Amazon will remind you to sign in with using the ‘Smile’ site every time you log on.

Shop online via Smile.Amazon.com rather than Amazon.com. Smile.Amazon.com has the same products, prices, and service as Amazon.com, and Oasis of Hope will receive a donation from Amazon equal to .5% of your purchases placed through Smile.Amazon.com.

Invite family and friends from across the country to support Oasis of Hope by designating Oasis of Hope, Inc. on their Amazon account and shop through Smile.Amazon.com.

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Help Paint the #BickfordMural East Wall Coming This May!

February 12, 2019

web497-bickford-mural2-2019We are thrilled to welcome Memphis based artist Danielle Sierra who will be painting a mural on the east wall of the Bickford Community Center this spring! She has been seeking community input by holding informational meetings and workshops to find out what the neighborhood would like to see painted. “My goal is to take the common elements that I hear from the different people I talk to and weave them together to make a visually pleasing and important mural that can be both enjoyed and valued by our community,” explained Danielle.

Also exciting is that we can all join her and actually paint a portion of the wall as well!bickford mural 2019

Watch our social streams and #BickfordMural for future dates to be announced and pictures of the progression. After the mural is finished, it will continue to be a source of community unity and encouragement.

We are so grateful for Danielle to begin this project and involve us in the process! Many thanks to the Urban Art Commission and the District Mural Program as well for selecting the Bickford Community Center!

Donations Needed to Restock Oasis Appliance and Home!

February 11, 2019

2015-1-staff-176x176It’s tax season again, which means BOOM-TIME for Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings!

Our customers often wait to get their tax refund before purchasing needed appliances or pieces of furniture. Keeping our stockroom filled is a challenge year-round, but keeping up with demand January-April is especially challenging because we are busy! It’s a good problem to have!

If you have an appliance that you are considering updating, or some furniture that you’d like to donate to a good cause – the best timing is now!

2013 11 new arrivals web300 (14)If you’re a Hope Church attender, you can deliver any items both big and small to the “Oasis Appliance” trailer in the parking lot outside Entrance 3, or contact us for pickup, or call 901-577-0013. We are excited to be operating in our new location in the Frayser Northgate Shopping Center, 3154 Thomas Street (behind AutoZone), Tuesday-Saturday 10a-4pm. Come check us out! Everyone is welcome to shop and every sale helps provide job training & employment for an under-resourced community.

SHOP! Everyone is welcome to shop and proceeds benefit this ministry

DONATE! Please continue to send us your donated appliances, furniture, and decor

VOLUNTEER: We’d love to plug you in; maybe this is a place you can give back to our city in 2017?

SPREAD THE WORD! Help us alert North Memphis, Frayser and beyond to our new, temporary location. Nothing is as valuable as a personal recommendation! Please tell your friends, family and neighbors through word-of-mouth or on social media (Follow us on Facebook).

PRAY! Please also be praying for direction as we continue to seek a permanent space in North Memphis to fulfill this practical need within our ministry neighborhood.

Thank you for your support! We are so happy to be back up and running after our fire in August!

For more information, or to schedule a pick-up, visit www.oasis-of-hope.com. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following Oasis on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Attention Urban Ministry Youth Workers! We Are Hiring!

February 10, 2019

Blackboard with the text We want youIf you are interested in pursuing a position in urban ministry, we are in need of adding an Assistant Youth Director to our team! Following is the detailed job description. Please contact Pastor Brandis if you are interested in applying.

Job Title: Assistant Youth Developer
Type of Position: Part-Time (24 hours a week)
Reports to: Ministry Director/Lead Youth Developer
Salary Range: $12.00 per hour

General Description:
The Assistant Youth Developer is responsible for supporting the coordinating and implementation of the daily/weekly program structure of the Oasis of Hope Community Outreach initiatives for youth and young adults in our inner-city neighborhood of North Memphis.
Duties and Responsibilities (Daily duties include but are not limited to what’s listed below):

• Provide spiritual leadership, mentorship and guidance to area youth and their families
• Maintain a relational philosophy of urban ministry consistent with Oasis of Hope
• Learn and adhere to the core values of Hope Presbyterian Church
• Coordinate and implement a weekly after-school program
• Coordinate and implement mentorship programs for neighborhood youth
• Have a “Whatever It Takes” attitude and passion for youth ministry
• Respond to communications promptly with supervisors, youth, and volunteers
• Support and nurture positive relationships with other community organizations, existing and new church partners, para church ministries, neighborhood schools, etc.
• Assist in the recruitment, training, equipping, and encouragement of volunteers
• Build relationships with neighborhood youth and be intentional about furthering the Gospel of Christ through weekly school visits, attending school events, sporting events, home visits, etc.
• Research and implement cutting edge and diverse urban youth activities and programs
• Attend meetings, trainings, and conferences
• Maintain site cleanliness and maximize use of equipment, supplies, and resources
Additional Duties and Responsibilities (Duties considered non-daily but based on request and need):
• Evening and weekend ministry assignments w/ Hope City Church and Hope Church
• Encourage youth participants and their families to attend/visit Hope City Church
• Attend, support, and volunteer (at) community events
Requirements, Skills, and Abilities:
• Love and be a follower of Jesus Christ
• Have a humble, teachable, servant heart
• Be a student of God’s Word and passionate about sharing and teaching it to others
• Effectively communicate the Gospel in a real and relevant way to inner-city youth and others
• Proficient in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. and Social Media platforms
• Good communication skills, both written and verbal
• Innovative leadership and mentoring skills
• Well-versed in current youth issues

Experience and Education:
• 1-2 years urban youth leadership experience with a reputable organization
• Completion of high school, collegiate experience preferred

Click here to fill out an online application.

For questions or more information, Please contact Pastor Brandis.