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FYI: Tulsans can properly dispose of medications April 29

Via the City of Tulsa

 
 
A prescription drug take-back event is scheduled for citizens to properly dispose of unwanted medications and prescription drugs on Sat., April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations in Tulsa:
  • 71st and Sheridan — Reasor's parking lot, 7114 S. Sheridan Rd 
  • 41st and Yale  Reasor's parking lot, 4909 E. 41st
  • 21st and 129th East Ave   M.e.t. Recycling Center parking lot, 12466 E. 21st

Prescription drug overdoses kill more Tulsans, ages 25 to 64, than cars. The largest groups of users are 18-to-25 year-olds. A recent Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment study shows that 16.45 percent of Tulsa County youth are obtaining prescription drugs from home.

Citizens are urged to properly dispose of medications and not flush medications down toilets. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove chemicals found in many medications and these chemicals could discharge into streams if medications aren’t disposed of properly.

The prescription drug take-back event is being conducted by the City of Tulsa Water & Sewer Department, Tulsa Police Department, the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa (CAPSAT), Tulsa County Medical Society, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and the DEA.

Citizens can also take unwanted prescription drugs to one of the three Tulsa Police Division headquarters and to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office any time of the year. Locations and hours include:

  • Tulsa Police Gilcrease Division, 3436 N. Delaware Ave., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Tulsa Police Mingo Valley Division, 10122 E. 11th St., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Tulsa Police Riverside Division, 7515 S. Riverside Drive, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Tulsa County Sheriff, 303 W. 1st St., 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Goodwill good for the environment and good for people
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

 

By Nancy Webster
Director of Community Relations, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

Every year, people clean out their closets and homes to start fresh for the spring season. This Earth Day, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is encouraging people to live more sustainable lifestyles and help people in their local communities find jobs. In addition, people can shop Goodwill stores and save while collectively diverting thousands of pounds of items from landfills impacting environmental sustainability. By shopping at and donating to Goodwill, you can help people find employment, and build their work skills.

Goodwill’s donation-resale model extends the life of clothing and other goods, and earns revenue for Goodwill job training programs, employment placement services and other important social services, such as GED classes, financial education, support services and more. Donating to Goodwill is a simple way to begin living more sustainably.

“Revenue raised through the sale of donated goods creates employment opportunities and important social services to help transform someone’s life. This is all done through the simple act of cleaning out a closet,” said Nancy Webster, Director of Community Relations at Goodwill Industries of Tulsa. “Making a commitment to reduce, reuse and repurpose this Earth Day is as simple as heading to the nearest Goodwill store or donation center.”

Every donation to your local Goodwill provides on-site classroom training, access to computers for job search assistance, employment placement job training and other community-based services such as career counseling, and résumé preparation for anyone facing challenges to finding employment. Last year, more than 1,200 people connected with jobs or earned employment using Goodwill Industries of Tulsa’s career services programs.

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa provides work opportunities, job training and support training for people with disabilities and other employment barriers.

This article first ran in the Tulsa World as a Letter to the Editor on Sunday, April 16, 2017.   



Free Income tax services through Goodwill, partners
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa
 

Tax time is here. And many taxpayers can have their returns prepared free of charge!

VITA Program

Volunteers with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be at 2800 Southwest Boulevard to prepare income tax returns Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from February 4 to April 15. Prior year returns and amended returns can also be prepared beginning March 18.

Tulsa Area United Way facilitates the VITA program locally. Individuals and families with household
income up to $54,000 are eligible. The other VITA site locations, scheduled to open in February, are:

East Side Christian Church
1438 S. Indianapolis Avenue
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tulsa Dream Center
200 W. 46th St. North
Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
815 S. Utica
Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.

YWCA
8145 E. 17th Street
Tuesdays, 9 a.m-3 p.m. Spanish is spoken here.

You can call 2-1-1 Helpline for other sites and hours in Tulsa. If you are outside Tulsa,
visit http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/.

Online with MyFreeTaxes

If you are comfortable working on computers and earn up to $64,000, you can prepare your own taxes online at no cost at MyFreeTaxes.com.

 

Sponsored by United Way, with support from H&R Block®, MyFreeTaxes is a free, safe and easy way for anyone with household income up to $64,000 to file state and federal taxes. And it’s optimized for mobile devices so filers can enter data into their secure account anytime and anywhere.

Assistance is available through online chat or the helpline, 1-855-My-Tx-Help
(1-855-698-9435). Save the money that you’d spend on tax software or going to a paid preparer. Check it out here

Important note on EITC, ACT credits

Beginning this year, a new law requires the IRS to hold your Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child
Tax Credit refund until February 15. The IRS must hold the entire refund not just the credit portion.

You don’t need to wait, however, to file your tax return. AND going to a paid preparer will NOT make
your refund come faster. VITA volunteers and MyFreeTaxes can check if you are eligible to claim
these valuable credits. For instance, the EITC helps workers keep more of what they earn to pay for things
such as childcare, groceries, and car repairs to get to work. Learn more here.

Happy tax season!


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