Retired Senior Volunteer Program
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is suspended until further notice.
Property Tax Assistance -Updated 4.1.2021
Anoka County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will offer limited appointments by phone, beginning July 7th to help senior citizens and people with disabilities who qualify for a state refund apply for their homeowners/renters Minnesota property tax refund. Volunteer tax preparers will answer your property tax questions and assist you in filling out your M1PR form, which you will then mail to the MN Dept. of Revenue. For updates, please call 763-324-1480.
To file your M1PR online or to request the needed paper forms and booklets please visit: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/filing-property-tax-refund
The MN Department of Revenue allows you to file up to one year after the due date, therefore: To receive your 2019 property tax refund, you must file the 2019 M1PR form by August 15th, 2021. To receive your 2020 property tax refund, you must file the 2020 M1PR form by August 15th, 2022.
If someone needs to have their income taxes done, they will need to have them completed before our volunteers can assist with the M1PR form.
- Prepare and Prosper is one avenue for people to have their income tax done virtually. Their number is 651-287-0187. https://prepareandprosper.org/
- https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers Link to IRS for income preparation information.
- https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free Link for homeowners to prepare their income taxes online.
By joining RSVP, you become part of a National movement of thousands of volunteers responding to critical community needs. Anoka County RSVP connects people age 55 and over who want to volunteer with non-profit and social service programs in Anoka County.
Enroll and Volunteer
To enroll call Tricia Lehti at 763-324-1661, download and mail the volunteer application or submit electronically Opens a New Window. . After completing the application and skills and interests checklist, RSVP matches you with community needs. You are provided position descriptions for each matched opportunity and you choose which opportunities to pursue. There are even volunteer time sheets available for download, so you can keep track of your volunteer work time.
For more information contact us at 763-324-1661
Examples of RSVP Volunteer Opportunities
Become a Tax Aide Volunteer
Help senior citizens or low income and disadvantaged citizens in the Anoka County area fill out their income tax, property, or mobile home tax returns. Training is provided. No prior experience necessary. Training sessions held in the Spring have been postponed until further notice. For more information contact Tricia at 763-324-1661.
Consider making a difference by driving seniors and veterans to and from medical appointments.
Invest time with your local food shelf in providing emergency food or clothing to people in need. RSVP volunteers serve at ACBC in Anoka, Salvation Army in Blaine, NACE Inc. in East Bethel and SACA in Columbia Heights.
Become a Companionship Volunteer
RSVP volunteers provide companionship for family caregivers. Volunteers socialize, play cards, games, share a movie or listen to music with the caregiver’s loved one while the caregiver receives respite.
Tutor Adult Learners
Share your love of reading and skill-building with others at Metro North Adult Basic Education. Tutors receive training to work with adults needing help with basic reading and English as a Second Language. Sites located in Blaine, Columbia Heights, and Oak Grove.
Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
Volunteers are needed in the following areas; front desk, reception, presenters (share a skill), food pick up, and handyman.
Volunteers operate the snack shop and gift shop at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center. Volunteers work in 2-person teams weekday morning hours.
Indoors & Outdoors
Local nature centers seek volunteers to assist with special events, program set-ups, newsletters and office tasks.
Volunteer From Home
Volunteer to take grocery orders for clients and enter them online. Computer needed. Training provided.
Become an Anoka County Ambassador!
The Anoka County Courthouse Ambassador is seeking a welcoming, patient and outgoing volunteer to help others with a smile. The Ambassador will serve as the first point of contact for our diverse population. He/she will help direct the flow of traffic during high volume court calendars and courthouse remodel project. This position includes walking, standing and going up and down stairs in escorting constituents to their desired location if needed. In addition, the ambassador may assist in transcribing responses to court forms for litigants that are unable to write in English. The Anoka County Ambassador is a representative of the court and county; and their presence will help promote safety and efficiency as well as create a positive and welcoming environment for constituents. Shifts are available Monday through Thursday from 8 A.M. -10 A.M. or 12:30 P.M. - 2 P.M. Training, orientation and on-going assistance will be provided. Volunteers will sign a confidentiality agreement and must pass a background check.
This summer, *Ann visited a property tax site where she received assistance in filling out her rental rebate form by trained volunteers. She shared that she almost didn’t file her return because the company was going to charge her almost half of what her return would have been.
She was grateful for the service provided free of charge through RSVP volunteers. “Living here [at the mobile home park] is the only place that I can afford to live on social security. This return will almost pay for a month of rent. Thank you!”
In 2016, RSVP volunteers assisted 2,771 clients at income, property and mobile home sites which resulted in $1.1 million in local tax refunds with a 99% accuracy rate. Without RSVP volunteers, Ann would not be relieved of financial burdens for a month.
*Indicates names have been changed to protect identities.