Mountain View Voice

News - January 27, 2012

Community briefs

Volunteer training at Shoreline

Volunteers are needed to serve as docents and rangers at Shoreline Park. Training is set for Feb. 2, with two orientation sessions, the first from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the second from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Patrol rangers provide visitors with information about facilities at the 750-acre wildlife and recreation area, including the Stevens Creek Trail. The gatehouse attendants greet visitors and monitor activity at the park and recreation area.

The environmental docents lead tours showcasing the diverse Baylands ecosystem.

"We hope to meet many new interested members of the community who care and want to give back, in their own backyard," says Kristina Perino of the city of Mountain View.

The training will take place in the Community Conference Room at the Mountain View Library on 585 Franklin St. and is open to anyone over 18 who is willing to complete a free LiveScan fingerprint process. Contact Perino at 930-6073 or Kristina.Perino@mountainview.gov.

Free tax help

United Way Silicon Valley offers free tax preparation to local low-income families who need help filing their taxes. The organization has trained volunteers who speak a number of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russian.

"W2 forms go out this month and we know a lot of hardworking local families are in a hurry to get their taxes done because they need the refund," said Carole Leigh Hutton, president and CEO of United Way Silicon Valley.

The organization is partnering with financial organizations and government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, to assist families that earn $50,000 or less a year.

Mountain View residents can find free tax preparation services at St. Athanasius Catholic Church and San Antonio Place. For more information or to make an appointment, call 211 or visit www.211scc.org.

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