One of our great RSVP tax aide volunteers, Don, came striding down the hallway at the Mahube-Otwa Detroit Lakes office.
He was carrying a small baby.
He said, ” This little gal came in with her parents to have taxes filed. It is below zero outside today and she came in with no hat. There MUST be a baby hat here at Mahube that we can give her.”“There MUST be a baby hat here at Mahube that we can give her.”
“You do that kind of thing, right?”
As a Community Action Agency, Mahube-Otwa does very much do “that kind of thing.”
Since Mahube-Otwa is the host site for the RSVP program, we have lots of hats and mittens and blankets for residents who are in need.
So we fixed up the little baby girl with a new hat, baby mittens and a blanket. And her parents got their tax return e-filed along with all the tax credits for which they were eligible.
This very young new family learned how to dress their new baby properly for Minnesota winters as their taxes were prepared. They also were given the opportunity to enroll in Early Head Start.
This is what can happen when program silos get dismantled, and volunteers as well as staff members share in the community action mission.
Mahube-Otwa is a non-profit that serves the community in Mahnomen, Hubbard, Becker, Otter Tail and Wadena counties and also hosts free tax preparation services.
Special thanks to Karen Lenius, Senior Programs / RSVP Director at Mahube-Otwa for providing this story,