Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Free tax filing assistance through The Ohio Benefit Bank™ will once again be available at NextStep Ministries, an Outreach of EUM Church. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, home of The Ohio Benefit Bank, NextStep Ministries, will be able to expand tax filing services for the 2012-2013 tax season.

“The 2013 Ohio Benefit Bank Tax Capacity Building Grant will truly benefit our organization by helping to provide additional computer equipment, office supplies and increased marketing tools enabling us to reach more clients” stated Kristy Cutarelli, Outreach Ministries Coordinator for EUM Church.

The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™) is an innovative online service that connects Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, child tax credits, and education credits. Ohioans can visit sites like NextStep Ministries to file their federal and state taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at NextStep Ministries provides outreach to the Darke County area through many ministries of EUM Church and partnerships with other local organizations.

In 2012, NextStep Ministries served 214 residents of Darke and surrounding counties. This year, they hope to expand services to offer the free tax services to 225 residents.

Barb Baker, an Ohio Benefit Bank tax client for several years said “I love the OBB. It’s fast, easy and the counselors help you understand the tax procedures. They are very aware of the latest rules. I highly recommend them to others.”

Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed or complete other benefit applications through the OBB can call 937-548-3211 extension 235. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM; on Monday and Thursday evenings, 5-7 PM; or at one of their Saturday Tax Clinics on February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 or April 6, 13.

Community members interested in volunteering as OBB counselors are welcome to call Kristy Cutarelli at 937-316-8420 or Brent Sigley at 614-221-4336 extension 360.

About EUM Church

NextStep Ministries is a ministry of EUM Church. Our worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:15 a.m. at our Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

About the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. In SFY 2012, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 164 million pounds of food and grocery items. The association also serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank. Follow the association on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook, and visit them on the web at

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