“As with all of these outreach events, I find it very fulfilling to let people know that they are not alone in dealing with what can be a very intimidating agency, the IRS,” states Federal Tax Clinic legal intern Jordan de la Torre of his participation in a recent USD Legal Clinics outreach event.
On October 24, 2014, the Legal Clinics participated in the MAAC Head Start 21st Annual Networking Conference. Federal Tax Clinic legal intern Jordan de la Torre, and Outreach Coordinator Patty O’Deane provided informational flyers and answered questions regarding the free legal services the clinics offer to the low-income community. “The most common question for me was, ‘What do you do?’” describes de la Torre. “My explanation was always that we do not help people file their taxes, but that we can help people with their issues with the IRS after they have filed. These include issues such as wage garnishment and liens.”
More than 200 organizations were invited to participate in the conference, which provided an excellent opportunity for various organizations to network and provide key staff with information on their services. Approximately 86 organization representatives stopped by the USD Legal Clinics booth. “I was happy to assist twenty-two of the Spanish-speaking representatives that stopped by our table,” comments Outreach Coordinator Patty O’Deane. “And the clinics are honored to have a longstanding community partnership with the MAAC Head Start Program.”
MAAC is a comprehensive community action partnership (CAP) agency, with a 45-year history of service to empower people in need in San Diego County. Through a Federal Head Start and Early Head Start Grant and State Preschool Grant, MAAC offers Head Start, Early Head Start and State Preschool programs that deliver the national and state school readiness program to economically disadvantaged children and their families. Currently, MAAC serves over 2,000 economically disadvantaged children and their families throughout North San Diego County in the communities of Fallbrook, Pauma, Valley Center, Rincon, San Marcos, Escondido, Vista, Oceanside, and Carlsbad.