Congratulations Lauren Schwanz and Kellcie Betts!!

Both Lauren Schwanz and Kellcie Betts were honored with awards at this year’s Community Action Partnership of Utah 7th Annual Conference on Poverty!

Lauren Schwanz, Regional VITA Coordinator with Uintah Basin Association of Governments, was awarded the Catherine Caputo Hoskins Emerging Leader Award for her excellence in implementing the VITA program into Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties. She worked extremely hard in recruiting volunteers, training, marketing and eventually increasing the number of tax returns done in one year from 15 to over 300!!!

Kellcie Betts was awarded the Excellence in Community Action Volunteer Service Award for giving so generously her time and resources to help in the success of VITA. She proved many times over her loyalty to the program and her commitment to serve individuals and families of the Uintah Basin in receiving as much back as possible on their tax returns! Earn it. Keep it. Save it.

Both individuals were recognized Statewide as exceptional individuals who have demonstrated dedication and leadership in preventing and eradicating poverty in Utah over the last year.






Our first Cottage Foods Licensee!!

Your booth at the car show in Vernal last weekend looked GREAT!! Not only did it look great, but your treats were delicious! Those caramels are to die for! We just wanted to give you a shout out. Thank you so much for participating in the Cottage Foods Workshop this year and letting Uintah Basin Association of Governments be a part of your success. UBAOG wishes you nothing but success.


Earn it. Keep it. Save it. through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, otherwise known as VITA, is looking for volunteers to prepare income tax returns. Last tax season, VITA volunteers served nearly 19,000 Utahns, saved Utah tax payers nearly $4 million in tax preparation fees, and helped bring over $26 million in refunds back into the local economy. We're looking for volunteers who are excited about serving the community and helping Utahns keep more of what they earn. Become a VITA volunteer today! Visit for more information. Earn it. Keep it. Save it. is a coalition of statewide partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Community Action Parnership of Utah leads this coalition.


Earn it. Keep it. Save it. is a coalition of statewide partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors and provides free tax preparation and filing assistance for people who make $54,000 or less and want to prepare their own federal and state tax return, FOR FREE, with limited assistance. To get started tax payers need basic computer skills, internet access, an email address, a valid Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), and tax documentation. Tax filing software is provided by MyFreeTaxes.


Taxes are a year-round concern, more than just four months in the beginning of the year. Learn how to protect your tax documents and yourself by clicking on the link below!



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