Special to The Hays Daily News

WaKEENEY -- Help people and give your mind a workout, too.

If you are not afraid of people, computers, tax returns, challenges and learning new things, Kansas AARP might have just the volunteer opportunity for you. AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is looking for more volunteers to help low- and moderate-income families prepare and file their individual tax returns next season.

Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to participate. Volunteers who have basic computer skills and the personal drive necessary to learn and become proficient with new tax return preparation software provided by the IRS are needed.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers receive comprehensive tax training, are provided access to all computer equipment required, and are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses. They learn new skills while making a real difference in their communities.

Kansas Tax-Aide District 14 has a critical need for additional volunteers to help serve in central and western Kansas.

"It is heartwarming to be a part of helping more than 1,100 families in our area each season," said Roy Keller, volunteer district coordinator from WaKeeney. "But we have a critical need for additional volunteers in the communities of Hill City, Phillipsburg, WaKeeney, Russell, Great Bend and Hays in order to maintain our level of service."

For more information and links to an online application, visit the Kansas Tax-Aide website at www.KStaxaide.com.

AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in conjunction with the IRS.