March 1, 2012

On the Go With Joe Hutter

joeSeniors And Law
Enforcement Together (SALT)

By Joe Hutter

Do you have your taxes done? If you need help, and you are a senior or are handicapped, you can get help free from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. You can find out where the nearest site is located by calling 1-800-906-9887.

With spring coming, and if you’re interested in volunteering, there are many places that could use your help. The RSVP Senior Corps Program can assist in finding a location for you. This is a federal program that provides liability insurance for RSVP volunteers. You can call (309) 793-4425 to the Western Illinois Agency on Aging to get more information.

There is something in the local news almost every day on seniors being a victim of a crime. If you are a victim or feel you have lost anything of value, call your local law enforcement agency. They need to be made aware of the situation to help you and to ensure others don’t fall victim to the same situation. If a stranger knocks on your door wanting to do something at your home or in your yard, be careful. If you need help, ask someone you trust and know for a referral.

Seniors And Law enforcement Together (SALT) is always looking for ways to have seniors learn more about our program. All local law enforcement agencies have officers to come to your club or church to make you aware of what you can do, so you are not a victim of a crime. Both Iowa and Illinois have these programs, and it may help prevent a crime.

SALT meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at CASI in Davenport. If you have concerns, we have law enforcement people and social workers present. We will be meeting March 28 at 9:30 a.m. at CASI. For more information, call Pam at 326-8217. There are no dues or projects that are required. Just come and visit.

Take care.