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VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program
Each year IRS-trained volunteers assist lower-income households with income tax preparation during the tax season, usually February through April Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-7:30 PM and Saturday mornings 9:00AM - noon. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 215-366-5643. Note: this phone number is active beginning mid-January. Over 300 households receive this service yearly, and appointments do book up, so it is recommended to call early in the tax season. All tax preparation and e-filling services are free. We are also seeking volunteers to serve as tax preparers, greeters, and reviewers for VITA. Volunteers are trained and certified through IRS. Call the office at 215-657-3340 prior to the tax season to volunteer.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
This popular program helps Montgomery County seniors as well as Pennsylvania farmers. We issue $20 in vouchers and nutrition information to Montgomery County residents who are over age 60 and meet income requirements. Vouchers can be redeemed at local farmers markets to purchase fresh farm produce. Program participants must provide proof of age and residency. Voucher distribution is during June through August. Because of the limited number of vouchers available, we recommend coming in early. Call us at 215-657-3340 to check on availability.
Senior USDA Food Box Program
This program offers a free monthly food box valued at over $50, nutrition information, and service for low-income Montgomery County residents over age 60. Boxes contain canned fruits, vegetables, pasta, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, juices, protein (canned tuna, fish, or meats), plus a 2-pound block of cheese. Monthly income limits change annually. Distribution of boxes is once a month at the office and participants must register in advance. Applicants must present proof of age, Montgomery County residency, and household income (e.g. Social Security or pension award letter, W-2’s). Call the office at 215-657-3340 to register.
Trade Mitigation Food Program
Beginning in 2019, we are certified as a distribution site for supplemental food as part of the federal Trade Mitigation Program. We distribute government food and donated food to our food program participants subject to availability.
Willow Grove CDC partners with other local organizations to extend our impact in the community and make more services available. We are active members of Montgomery County Partners for Homeownership, Your Way Home, and MontCo Anti-Hunger Network. We co-host financial management and homebuyer classes with our colleagues at Genesis Housing, and offer VITA Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance programs as part of a tax coalition with Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Our food and nutrition programs are part of Share Philadelphia’s MontCo Hunger Solutions network. We provide free office space for BCOC’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Program and Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project. We also host or participate in numerous community events.
Our organization is a charity providing free services, programs and outreach events. We would not be able to operate without significant support from our Board of Directors, volunteers, individual donor contributions, civic groups, businesses and charitable foundations. We offer our sincerest thanks to all of our supporters.
Willow Grove Community Development Corporation is pleased to announce Jerome Mitchell as its new Executive Director effective January 1, 2020. He succeeds Nancy Szamborski, who retired at the end of 2019, after more than 3 years of outstanding leadership and exceptional progress with the organization.
Jerome Mitchell is a long-time resident of East Montgomery County and has enjoyed professional success working in the private, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors. He formerly served as a Sales and Marketing Professional for IBM Corporation and as a Financial Consultant and Portfolio Manager for Smith Barney and Mellon Financial Corporation, respectively. Mitchell’s non-profit career covers more than 10 years serving as Executive Director and President/CEO of West Philadelphia Economic Development Corporation, where he led the organization in the roles of advocate, facilitator, developer, collaborator and joint venture partner. As an entrepreneur, he was a founding partner in R J Mitchell Group LLC, a real estate investment company that developed properties and created businesses in residential, commercial and mixed-use properties in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
Mitchell holds an undergraduate Business Degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. He is also a graduate of The New Seminary and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister at The Cathedral of St. John The Devine, both in New York City. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Mt. Airy Community Development Corporation and a former Board Member of both Abington Memorial Hospital Foundation and Community College of Philadelphia.
Jerome is deeply rooted in Montgomery County, and has a great commitment to leadership and service and in securing public and private resources for the Greater Willow Grove area communities for affordable housing and additional services. Jerome has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, in addition to multiple countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, and is able to share and apply some of the effective ideas and practices he has picked up along the way. Mitchell is ready to lead Willow Grove Community Development Corporation into the next decade, he said in statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity and an honor,” Mitchell said. “There is a tremendous need for Affordable Housing and Services in Easter Montgomery County and Willow Grove CDC will continue to strive to fill as much of this need as possible”.