Two Waynesburg University faculty members were recently recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for their outstanding public service to the community. Anthony Bocchini, professor of business administration, and Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration, received certificates through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
The pair acted as Service Learning Mentors for Waynesburg University accounting students who volunteered for the VITA Program. The Program provides free income tax preparation services, both federal and state, to individuals with income below certain thresholds. It is sponsored by the IRS and coordinated by Community Action Southwest, specifically, AmeriCorps Vista.
Chicarelli instructs the Waynesburg University service learning class that participates in the program. The class helps accounting, finance and business students to fulfill the University’s service requirement, while also sharpening their skill set.
“This Program gives students first-hand experiences in working with those who are less fortunate and providing a necessary service for community members in need,” Chicarelli said. “Many of our accounting students enjoy the program because it really does an excellent job of incorporating their chosen career field with community service.”
"Service is a part of the Waynesburg University mission, and our students volunteering for the VITA Program is an excellent example of Waynesburg University accomplishing that mission," Bocchini said.
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