What is Tax-A-Thon?

Ladder Up’s Tax Assistance Program (TAP) pairs low-income individuals and families with qualified volunteers who assist them in filing their taxes for free and securing the tax refunds owed to them. TAP delivers a real financial impact to underserved communities. Our volunteers deliver an average of $1,500 per return, giving individuals and families a degree of financial freedom while also encouraging consumer spending in neighborhoods that need it most.

During the month of February, we make the most of tax time with our annual Tax-a-Thon Event. Kicking off on February 5, 2022, with a big celebration of what we do and whom we serve, Tax-a-Thon also seeks to raise funds in support of our TAP program by asking volunteers to share their passion with their contacts.

The February 5 event will be at the TAP site at Olive-Harvey College from 9am – 1pm. Along with free tax preparation, our clients will also have access to a variety of financial empowerment resources. Community partners will be on-site offering safe and affordable banking options, financial coaching, legal support for tax concerns, and much more.

Increase Your Impact

Illustrated logo for the Ladder Up Tax-a-Thon As a volunteer, you already know the importance of the work you do for Ladder Up’s clients. Now you can make an even greater impact! Sign up for Tax-a-Thon and ask friends, family, and colleagues to make a pledge (any amount is great!) for every tax return you complete during the month of February, just like for you would do for a walk-a-thon.

Whether you raise $5 or $25 per return, know that every dollar raised for Ladder Up returns $30 in economic benefits to the community.

To participate in Tax-a-Thon, first be sure to sign up for your volunteer sessions through VolunteerHub. Once you are set as a volunteer, simply go to our Tax-a-Thon pledge site, click on the blue “PARTICIPATE IN THIS THON” button on the right side of the page, and create your own Tax-a-Thon page to solicit and collect pledges.

Sharing your passion for helping Ladder Up clients will help Ladder Up raise critical funds so that we can continue to deliver real economic benefits to our families.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor Tax-A-Thon, including serving as a Match Donor, please contact Aneta Pietraszek at or call (312) 630-0251.


Prizes, of course

Did we mention that there are prizes? Each week, we will draw the name of a volunteer for a special prize! At the end of February, anyone who volunteered for 12 or more hours will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize!


Supporting Tax-a-Thon

If you are unable to volunteer during February, support one or more of your fellow volunteers! Click here to find a volunteer to support

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