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ESOL Classes Start Second Semester

Posted by crpic on March 6, 2014

ESOLCRPIC is offering ESOL classes again this Winter/Spring term! Right now we are offering two classes for beginner speakers and both classes are full with 20 students in each class. Once again, the registration turnout was huge! We are working with WATCH (Waltham) and Project Literacy (Watertown) to help place students who didn’t get a slot in our classes and all three programs hope to offer more classes in fall. If you would like to be on our waiting list for classes next fall, please call 781-891-9559, x206 and ask for Julie. Our ESOL students are also eligible for free technology classes and our job-readiness workshops. For more information about those classes, call 781-891-9559, x206 and ask for James.

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Financial Literacy Courses Now Offered

Posted by crpic on August 8, 2012

Would you like an opportunity to enhance your financial literacy? This fall, we are offering a FREE course called Money 101. It will be an 8 week course, in which you will be taught everything you need to know, from budget assessment, to debt, to credit scores. Each student will receive his or her own personal tutor (appointed from Bentley University or Brandeis College) to meet with for one hour, on top of the hour long classes. The class meets Monday evenings and runs from October 1 to December 3, 2012. You can register at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2427174114 . For additional information call us at (781)-891-9559, x206 or e-mail info@crpic.org. Thanks, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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The Charles River Public Internet Center Launches New Digital Photography Curriculum!

Posted by crpic on July 11, 2012

The Charles River Public Internet Center (CRPIC) is very excited to announce the launching of our brand new Digital Photography curriculum taught by Dave Gordon. As a renowned photographer and the recent artist-in-residence of CRMI (Charles River Museum of Industry), Dave has exhibited in galleries across the nation and is a dynamic teacher with years of classroom and field experience.

Our new courses are for shutterbugs of all skill levels and experience, and include a wide range of options from indoor to outdoor, night to 3D photography. These courses were developed in response to requests CRPIC received for different shooting experiences and opportunities to learn new techniques.

For our kick-off celebration, CRPIC is offering a Super Summer Special on the Outdoor Photography along the Charles River and Night Photography classes at savings of up to 50% per class! We hope you join us this summer to learn how to take exceptional photos before the sun sets on this super summer extravaganza!

To sign up, click on the link below!

http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2427174114?s=8897842

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TAXES DONE FOR FREE! GET YOUR MAXIMUM REFUND! GET IT FAST!

Posted by crpic on January 18, 2012

Cash in handNo filing fees! Maximum refund!

The Charles River Public Internet Center FREE tax center is now open to help low and moderate income families and individuals file their federal and MA state taxes. The Tax Center is part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program created to help people file their taxes correctly and for free. Our preparers are all IRS-certified to ensure your taxes are done right and you are getting the MAXIMUM REFUND allowed. Since returns are efiled, refunds are usually received in about two weeks with direct deposit!

Our Tax Center is partially funded by the United Way and is focused on boosting refunds and making sure tax filers are taking full advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child and Dependent Care credits, Child Tax credits, Education and Retirement credits, and others.

The Tax Center is open 4pm-8pm on Mondays and 10am-6pm on Fridays and Saturdays at 154 Moody Street in downtown Waltham. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome! For more information on what you need to bring and to make an appointment call 781-891-9559, x206

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IBM and United Way Make Good Things Happen!

Posted by crpic on October 18, 2011

Community Care Day Volunteers

September 15th was a great day for CRPIC! Thirteen wonderful volunteers from IBM joined forces on United Way’s Community Care Day to help CRPIC get ready for the fall semester of the SkillStep Program.  IBMers completed two huge projects: prepping labs and preparing materials for all of the SkillStep classes and painting the break room and bathrooms. They were able to accomplish in one day what it would have taken us days if not weeks to do. All of their very capable and good-natured manpower made very short work of big tasks. And, of course, they had a couple of great ideas for managing our program work on our networks that they shared as well. We can’t thank you enough for all of the great work you did – we very much appreciate all of the planning, considerable elbow grease, and humor you brought to the project as well as the wonderful results. Many, many heartfelt thanks and we hope to partner with you again next fall! Many thanks to the tireless crew at United Way as well for planning this important event for nonprofits every year!

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VITA Program Success!

Posted by crpic on July 7, 2011

The VITA program has reached completion and the results were outstanding! The total refunds for 2010 reached upwards of $100,000 and $15,000 in captures. The VITA program proved itself to be very effective.

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SkillStep Info:

Posted by crpic on July 7, 2011

SkillStep is a program, synthesizing English and computer skills and working to improve proficiency in both fields. For those interested, here is a link to the flyer.

SkillStep 3-sided flyer – English

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FREE TAX PREP NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted by crpic on February 28, 2011

 TAXES DONE FOR FREE!  GET YOUR MAXIMUM REFUND!

No filing fees! Maximum refund!

 
 The Charles River Public Internet Center now has a free tax center to help low and moderate income families and individuals file their federal and MA state taxes.  The Tax Center is part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program created to help people file their taxes correctly and for free.  Our preparers are all IRS-certified to ensure your taxes are done right and you are getting the maximum refund allowed. 

 Our Tax Center is partially funded by the United Way and is focused on boosting refunds and making sure tax filers are taking full advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child and Dependent Care credits, Child Tax credits, Education and Retirement credits, and others.

The Tax Center is open 10am-2pm on Fridays and Saturdays at 154 Moody Street in downtown Waltham.  Appointments and walk-ins are welcome! For more information on what you need to bring and to make an appointment call 781-891-9559, x206

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2010 Tech Buddies of the Year

Posted by crpic on December 12, 2010

Alexi Themelis (14, Belmont Hill School) is one of our 2010 Tech Buddies of the Year for his near full-time, dedicated volunteering last summer. Tech Buddies is a special program for middle and high school students who volunteer here at CRPIC in a substantive and meaningful way. Last summer Alexi logged about 20 volunteer hours/week for several weeks working on a variety of projects. He became the preferred tutor for numerous CRPIC patrons and helped many improve their skill level to the point where they were ready for our formal technology classes. He also single-handedly updated our entire snail-mailing list and email list with perseverance and precision – a difficult and tedious job, but one that left us with a much used new database. We are more than appreciative of his efforts that allow us to communicate with all of our constiuencies! Congratulations Alexi and thank you! Some of your tutees hope you will return next summer!

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2010 Tech Buddies of the Year

Posted by crpic on December 12, 2010

Ethan Webster-Zinn

Ethan Webster-Zinn (14, Fessenden School) is one of our Tech Buddies of the Year for several reasons. First, unless he is away at summer camp, he typically volunteers 3 or more hours every week – that’s real committment! Second, he has become one of our best lab techs – he’s able to take down and set-up labs quickly, accurately, and dependably. Computers get moved between labs as needed, re-installed, and the hardware and software thoroughly checked – that’s serious work! Third, although he was a little apprehensive about working with our adult ESOL/technology students, he overcame his nervousness and began tutoring. He now says he especially loves helping people get their first email address and watching their amazement as they see their first sent email pop up in his inbox on his computer screen. “The world instantly gets bigger and more connected for them – in a second!”, says Ethan. Congratulations Ethan, and thank you for all you have done for CRPIC, not only this year, but for the three years you have volunteered here!

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