News to Use Podcast Transcript: Dec. 15, 2009

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Dec. 15, 2009. Coming up find out about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, the 2010 Native Seedling Sale and ice skating at Mt. Vernon RECenter.


You can make a real difference by helping hard-working people in our community file their taxes and, in many cases, obtain tax credits and refunds.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, locally known as the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign -- Creating Assets, Savings and Hope – provides free tax preparation services to working families and individuals who earned less than $49,000 in 2009.

A local coalition of public agencies, businesses, libraries, faith and community-based groups will operate the program at 17 sites throughout Northern Virginia starting January 23, 2010.

Volunteers can help prepare tax returns or serve as greeters, screeners, site coordinators and interpreters. This is a short-term, focused volunteer effort requiring only a few hours a week during tax season, with an immediate positive impact.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides free tax certification training to volunteers. 

To register as a volunteer, or for more information about the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign, please contact James Do, with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, at 571-749-7838.


Trees and shrubs add color, habitat and structure to your landscape from winter through summer. The annual native seedling sale makes low-cost native shrubs and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents.

Seedling packages go on sale each year in January and are available for pick-up in mid-April. Trees and shrubs help cleanse water, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat, cool our climate and clean our air. Consider adding native trees and shrubs to your community today.

The species in our 2010 seedling packages offer bright winter berries, colorful spring and summer blooms and brilliant fall foliage. Deadline for 2010 orders is April 12 or while supplies last. For more information call the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District at 703-324-1460.


If you would like to go ice skating with your family, Mt. Vernon RECenter Ice Arena offers public sessions as well as ice hockey and recreational skating classes.  The Ice Arena is the only publicly-owned indoor ice arena designed for year-round use.  It includes a warming room, skate rental area, as well as an NHL official size rink.  Public Session times vary. For more information and the schedule of skating sessions call 703-768-3224.


That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  


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