Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

During tax season Lifeline will provide tax preparation assistance for the community through the VITA Program.  This program, in partnership with the IRS, will allow low to moderate-income households to participate in free tax preparation sessions with IRS certified tax preparation volunteers. The goal is to maximize the amount of the tax return and be provided basic financial literacy information. Applicants must live in Lake County and meet program income eligibility.


This program offers financial assistance to eligible households who need car repairs.  The maximum amount of assistance is $1,000 per household.  All applicants must be over the age of 18 and have documented car insurance.  Estimates provided by partnering mechanic businesses must document the car will remain “road worthy” after inspection. An estimate will need to be provided before assistance is approved.

View the flyer HERE.

Employment Training

The Employment Training Program helps those who are in need of training or upgrade skills needed to obtain or maintain employment due to COVID-19.  Vocational programs and non-degree certificates can improve new employment opportunities. Flexible funding is also available to help pay for school-related supplies, books, uniforms and tools for those who participate in the program. As part of the program, all applicants will participate in a career assessment process prior to registering for a training program. Applicants must live in Geauga County and meet program income eligibility and be referred by a partnering agency.

Emergency Housing Assistance

Many households in Geauga County are experiencing financial difficulties related to COVID-19.  Housing stability is a primary concern for residents who may be facing eviction, foreclosure or utility connection problems. Lifeline is partnering with the Fair Housing Resource Center and Legal Aid to reduce the economic impact of the pandemic. This program may be able to assist eligible Geauga County residents with financial aid after demonstrating the household was directly impacted by COVID-19.