First Time Homebuyer Workshop

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The East LA Community Corporation is a HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency that provides a comprehensive First Time Homebuyer Program. Families receive the necessary tools and guidance to help them reach and sustain their goal of homeownership. It is comprised of an 8 hour program that encompasses education and one-on-one guidance where families learn about:

  • Budget and Saving Tools
  • Understanding Credit
  • Government Subsidy Programs
  • Understanding Mortgages

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Volunteer Spotlight: Diana Jimenez

Diana Jimenez helps an MAOF program participant complete her tax return.

Diana Jimenez helps an MAOF program participant complete her tax return.

Diana Jimenez was first introduced to MAOF as an excelling student at Bell Gardens High School – as an elective option, she chose to work with MAOF’s Commerce Childcare Center. Years later, Diana battled and survived cancer three times. The illness took a serious toll on her body which led her to become disabled and forced her to leave her job as a Consumer Lender. “I was tired of staying at home and reading all day,” says Diana, “but I was determined to continue learning so I took a tax preparer course.”

Diana completed the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) course, a program that certifies volunteers in tax preparation and allows them to help low-income taxpayers file their tax return at no cost.

Once she was ready to put her skills into practice, Diana’s search for the nearest VITA provider brought her back to MAOF. Diana recalls the moment she saw MAOF on the list with excitement, “I knew they were the right choice…and I knew it was the right place to volunteer.”

Since joining MAOF as a volunteer, Diana has assisted the Special Programs Department with various projects, such as the VITA program as an IRS certified tax preparer. Diana does not dwell on her illness nor does she allow it to keep her from being productive. “I don’t want to fall back on helplessness,” she says. “I was put here on Earth to do something – God spared me to do something and it feels right to be helping [at MAOF].”

Diana expresses that, “volunteering helps get a different view of things; it clears the mind.” The optimism and courage to persevere along with the positive outlook on life that Diana carries with her daily are an inspiration. By sharing her story, Diana wishes to motivate and empower peers and community members not to allow mishaps derail outlooks toward a brighter future.

Her bright attitude, professionalism and resilience make her an outstanding volunteer.

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Thousands of Taxpayers Benefit From MAOF’s Free Tax Preparation Services

IMG_2555income taxpayers are forced to dip into their tax return just to cover the cost.cost tax preparation services to taxpayers with incomes below $52,000.

This tax season, MAOF prepared a total of 2,256 free tax returns at its Montebello and Bakersfield offices, saving taxpayers more than $370,000 in preparation fees. While the number of taxpayers surged at MAOF’s Montebello office, the Bakersfield office was forced to turn people away due to lack of program funds and volunteers. Nonetheless, the two offices managed to secure sizable tax refunds for taxpayers. In total, MAOF’s VITA program secured nearly $2 million in Earned Income Tax Credits and nearly $500,000 in child and education credits.

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Janitor (Commerce, CA)

Part Time
Salary: $10.00 per hour

Job Summary The Custodial is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance and other miscellaneous duties in order to ensure that buildings and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe and sanitary manner.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of standard cleaning procedures, chemicals, products and equipment.
  • Ability to read and understand labels and instructions, particularly on the    use and    application of cleaning chemicals and products.
  • Must have a year of custodial experience.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Must have negative tuberculin test or X-rays.
  • Physical and mental fitness to engage in custodial work.
  • Must be fingerprinted and receive clearance from DOJ and FBI.
  • Ability to work with people harmoniously.
  • Must have own transportation, a valid California Driver’s License and required Automobile insurance.
  • Spanish/English preferred.

To Apply Download an Employment Application and submit with a resume to: Email jobs@maof.org
Mail/In-Person 401 N. Garfield Ave., Montebello, CA 90640
Faxed resumes and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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Community Partnerships Key to Helping Educate, Inform Latino Community

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential to provide greater access to care for countless Americans, reduce health disparities, and make health services more affordable. And, for the nation’s growing Latino population this historic law has even greater implications — in California alone, 59 percent of the uninsured population is Hispanic.  However, many Latino residents and families still have questions about how the changes will impact them and the gaps in knowledge are equally prevalent.

As one of the state’s largest insurers, Anthem Blue Cross knows that providing the Latino community with up-to-date information, education and awareness about the changes is critical to ensure they are making informed decisions and most importantly understanding that reaching the Latino community requires a unique approach.

Since last year, Anthem has put into place a team of community health promoters and bilingual educators who are informing and educating Latino residents about the ACA and how they should be prepared. Anthem’s team has hosted hundreds of townhalls, community meetings and enrollment events to reach people in their communities. And, as the March 31st deadline to enroll quickly approaches Anthem has further strengthened efforts to ensure consumers have access to a knowledge source in the community with regular enrollment education in key locations throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Through its efforts Anthem has counted on the partnership of organizations such as MAOF who share in the mission to ensure the Latino community takes part in this historic moment that can help improve the health and wellbeing of countless families in the state. “We have been very excited to partner with MAOF to help reach the Latino community on this very important effort,” said Juan Zubiate, Director of Hispanic marketing strategy for Anthem Blue Cross. “We know MAOF brings a long-standing heritage in the community,  understanding of the needs of the Latino community and are viewed as a trusted resource.  Their partnership has been very important as we work to inform, educate and empower local families about the benefits of the ACA.”

For local community residents still looking for help about how to enroll in a health plan they can visit the MAOF Montebello office where a broker will be on hand every Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon through March 27 to help you choose a health plan.

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