In addition to serving the academic and social needs of UC Berkeley students, ABA is committed to improving its community. We demonstrate our commitment to community service by providing free tax services to low-income families, by donating thousands of dollars to charity each year, and by engaging in hands-on community service projects every semester.
Each fall semester, the ABA Community Service chairs and their committee coordinate several hands-on community service projects in our local community, the most notable of which is ABA’s participation in the biannual Berkeley Project. in which thousands of volunteers gather today for a single day of service within Berkeley and Oakland. Through other projects such as building homes, planting trees, making meals for the homeless, tutoring at schools, and helping out at environmental festivals, ABA strives to forge a positive relationship with the community and improve the quality of life for those around us. If you would like more information about the charities we have worked with, please see below.
Each spring semester, ABA organizes its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Partnering with the Internal Revenue Service, the VITA program trains and certifies over a hundred student volunteers each tax season to file state and federal income taxes. For 20 years now, ABA has provided on-site tax services to hundreds of low-income families in Oakland Chinatown. Many of these families are unable to prepare their own income taxes due to a language barrier and financial constraint. Our volunteers are able to help them overcome this language barrier, as a majority of them are fluent in either Cantonese or Mandarin.
Through VITA and other hands-on service projects, we hope to continue to give back to our community year after year. For more information about our community service projects, please contact our Community Service chairs, Sharron Wu and Alan Fong, at email@example.com.