Giving back briefs: Horse clubs seeks members, free tax assistance available

Members of the Leather & Lace 4-H Horse Club include, from left, Amanda and Kristina Burnell, Connie Fisher and Rowan Pelham. The club is seeking members who are in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Horse Club seeks members

The Cape May County 4-H Leather & Lace Horse Club is looking for new members. The club is for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade who love horses, but do not own one of their own. Club Leaders are Amanda Burnell and Connie Fisher. The club meets at the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center, located on the 4-H Fairgrounds at 355 Court House/South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. For more information, call the 4-H office 609-465-5115, ext. 605, or go to

Tax filing assistance

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The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will provide free tax assistance for low-income families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program is an IRS-supported tax preparation service for residents making a total household income of less than $52,000 per year. IRS-trained volunteers assist qualified individuals with tax preparation, ensuring that they obtain the full refund available.

Appointments are required in advance and can be made by calling 2-1-1. For more information, visit

VITA locations include: Atlantic County - Carnegie Library Center, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City; Family Success Center, 3050 Spruce Ave., Egg Harbor Township; Egg Harbor City Library, 134 Philadelphia Ave.; Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Ave.; United Way of Atlantic County, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road Suite. 10, Galloway Township.

Cumberland County - ALMS Center, 28 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Bridgeton; Family Success Center of Vineland, 1038 East Chestnut St., Suite 130; and Sun National Bank Training Center, 226 Landis Ave., Vineland.

Kohls scholarships

Nominations are being sought for the Kohl's Department Stores Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program. The program will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes this year to more than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities.

Nominations for students ages 6 to 18 will be accepted until March 14 at Kohl's is encouraging parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding youth, in celebration of their time, energy and passion to helping others.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl's stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl's gift card, and nearly 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education, and Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner's behalf.

Foundation grants

For the eighth consecutive year, the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation has made donations to nonprofit organizations in Atlantic and Cape May counties In December, the Foundation distributed $71,500 in grants to 22 area charities, including: Alzheimer's Association, American Red Cross, AmVets Post 911, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Cape Shore Chorale, Child Federation of Atlantic City, Family Promise of Cape May, First Night Ocean City, Gilda's Club South Jersey, Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, Humane Society of Ocean City, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Literacy Volunteers Association, Marie Adelaide Center, Inc., Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Schultz-Hill Foundation, South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, South Jersey Cancer Fund, The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, The Arc of Atlantic County and The Masterworks Choir.

Since the Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation awarded its first grants in 2005, the organization has donated more than $901,500 to charitable organizations throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Prom dress donations

All branches of the Ocean County Library are collecting gently used dresses for a Prom Dress Giveaway between March 10 and

April 9 at library locations in Barnegat, Jackson and Lakewood. Dresses will be made freely available to middle school and high school-aged students attending graduations and dances. Dresses can be both long and short for teens and can include bridesmaid's dresses and cocktail dresses. Donations of shoes, handbags and accessories are also welcome.

Information about the Prom Dress Giveaway can be found online at

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