Tax-Aide needs counselors

Tax-Aide counselors prepare Federal income tax returns for low to middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those ages 60 or older. Most of the returns are completed electronically (e-file) and all are free. Neither counselors nor clients need to be members of AARP.

Counselors receive training and are certified in the basics of the US Individual Tax Code and in the use of the IRS provided tax preparation software. In addition to training, counselors receive the satisfaction of helping others and meeting their neighbors.

Commitment will be for training in January and preparing taxes at least one day a week during tax season, February through April 15.

Significant shortages exist in DeFuniak Springs. If you are interested in helping at one of the four Walton County sites, contact Joe Perry at 622-9756.

Catholic Charities needs food donations

With the holidays just around the corner, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida is preparing to provide Thanksgiving meals to nearly 200 local families in need. The charity, whose Fort Walton Beach office serves residents of both Okaloosa and Walton counties, is in great need of traditional Thanksgiving foods as well as other staples in order to meet the demand.

While all donations are welcome, there is a particular need for stuffing mix, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, potato mixes (mashed, scalloped, etc.), gravy (canned or mix), pie filling, soup, other canned vegetables, pork and beans and other canned or dry beans, corn muffin mix and macaroni and cheese. In addition, cash donations are always welcome.

Donations may be dropped off at the Catholic Charities food pantry, 11 First Street in Fort Walton Beach, or arrangements can be made for pick-up. The pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for donation drop-offs, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for people seeking assistance with groceries. Call 244-2825 or 737-2825.

Arbor Wealth’s McDowell presents at University of Alabama

Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, firm founder and principal of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, will be a guest presenter to the University of Alabama’s Principles of Investment class at Adams Hall in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 19. Arbor Wealth Management is a

“Fee-Only” Registered Investment Advisory Firm near Sandestin in Miramar Beach.

“We are thrilled to have Margaret come and speak to our class,” said Dr. Ann Woodyard, CFP, instructor for the Principles of Investment Course, which includes a combination of undergraduate and graduate students. “It’s an invaluable experience for our students to interact with practicing professionals and to understand how the dynamic economic environment affects what we do.”