Center for Economic Progress

Rating: 4.8 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 29 E Madison Ave Ste 910 Chicago IL 60602 USA

Mission: The Center for Economic Progress encourages self-sufficiency and promotes economic prosperity among America?s working families. Since 1990, the Center has built a reputation for innovative programs and forward-thinking initiatives -- using the tax code to help low-income families achieve financial stability. Operating at the local, state, and national levels, the agency provides direct services, education, and advocacy to achieve its goals.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I been volunteering with CEP for their free tax sites around Chicagoland. Their service, training to volunteers and helping low income families to get their taxes done are awesome.

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Economic Progress is fabulous! The staff is dedicated to their mission and is thoughtful, respectful and conscientious toward one another, the volunteers and most importantly the clients that receive their services. I learned how to prepare taxes, a skill I thought I’d never learn. I would highly encourage anyone to volunteer; no tax experience is necessary!

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

CEP's tax project is a great program that helps low income families get tax assistance - it's an extremely rewarding volunteer experience in that you can see the impact that your time has on the families that you're working with. The folks running the program believe in their mission and are passionate about their roles. As a whole, clients are very appreciative of the service and are a pleasure to work with. The other volunteers and staff are incredible and strive to make sure every volunteer has a positive experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great volunteer experience. I was trained in very little time to be proficient in tax software and knowledge of tax refunds and deductions, as a hither fore tax-illiterate person myself. Not only did I feel empowered to help others get money back that they needed, but I also felt far more tax literate myself. It's a great project to be a part of.

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Rating: 5 stars  

i'm a volunteer here. We help individuals and families who work hard and have low income. It's my pleasure to work for them. And the CEP provide almost everything they can to help those people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Economic Progress provides real solutions to helping families achieve financial security through both their tax clinics and opportunities to promote financial literacy. The organization gives opportunities for volunteers to get involved and really make a difference through direct interaction and tax prep in the communities they serve. The staff is passionate and works hard to provide a meaningful experience for all involved in the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center For Economic Progress has an extremely dedicated and passionate staff and volunteer base that continues to expand its impact while maintaining its client-focused mission to move individuals and families from financial uncertainty to financial security. As a new board member, I am thrilled to share in the unique experience in fostering the promotion and advancement of a cause I genuinely believe in that has shown tremendous impact over the years. I have truly enjoyed my role reaching out to community partners and clients in order to promote tax preparation services that LMI so badly need in a tumultuous economy and look forward to increasing my impact and knowledge of CEP as I continue to work with an amazing group of people!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Economic Progress has a unique mission - to help those that are facing financial uncertaintly move to financial security. And, it all starts with the most basic of our financial obligations -- filing income tax returns. Often misunderstood, low-wage families frequently cause themselves more financial harm than good when filing them. By providing a little bit of help, the Center has been able to help families in over 25 Illinois communities make progress. In this unpredictable and uncertain economic climate, the Center provides comfort in times of financial emergency.

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Rating: 5 stars  

From my experience with CEP, I've encountered some of the most passionate, driven people in any industry. The organization has such tangible and effective impact that rivals few. They understand the importance of keeping track of their efforts so that they can properly communicate their message to the community.

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Life-changing

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

CEP's makes an impact for thousands of families across Illinois. The Center's ability assist its clients goes a long way toward families achieving financial security.

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