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Serena Laws and Alex Tomcho ’19 assist with tax returns at Trinfo.Café. Photo by Nick Caito.

Trinity College students in Professor Serena Laws’ CLIC 290 course “Tax Policy & Inequality in Hartford” have been trained as IRS-certified tax preparers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) pilot program at Trinfo.Café. If you missed it, make sure to read this piece by Katie Cort ‘19 about how the students are connecting their learning about tax policy with the program and meeting a real need for no-cost tax preparation in the community. The pilot tax clinic is one of several Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) locations in Hartford coordinated by United Way and generally serves people who make less than $55,000, people with disabilities, and offers tax preparation services to Spanish and other language speakers.

The dates/hours for free tax preparation at Trinfo.Café, 1300 Broad Street are listed here:

– Monday 3/25 11am-4pm

– Friday 3/29 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

– Monday 4/1 11am-4pm

– Wednesday 4/3 3pm-6pm

– Friday 4/5 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

– Monday 4/8 11am-4pm

– Wednesday 4/10 3pm-6pm

– Friday 4/12 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

To schedule an appointment, dial 2-1-1, visit or come to Trinfo.Café in person.

Estudiantes de Trinity certificados por el IRS están disponibles para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad a preparar sus declaraciones de impuestos estatales y federales, sin costo. La clínica es una de varias ubicaciones de Asistencia Voluntaria de Impuestos sobre el Ingreso (VITA) en Hartford coordinadas por United Way. VITA generalmente sirve a personas que ganan menos de $55,000, personas con discapacidades y contribuyentes que hablan un inglés limitado. Serena Laws, profesora visitante de Trinity en Ciencias Políticas, coordina a los estudiantes voluntarios en el sitio como parte de un curso de Iniciativa de aprendizaje comunitario.

TRINITY VITA TAX CLINIC, Trinfo.Café, 1300 Broad Street, Hartford.

– lunes 3/25 11am-4pm
– viernes 3/29 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
– lunes 4/1 11am-4pm
– miércoles 4/3 3pm-6pm
– viernes 4/5 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
– lunes 4/8 11am-4pm
– miércoles 4/10 3pm-6pm
– viernes 4/12 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Para programar una cita, marque 2-1-1, visite, o visite a Trinfo.Café en persona, 1300 Broad Street.

Thank you to Serena Laws, Director of Community Learning Megan Faver Hartline, Director of Trinfo.Café Carlos Espinosa, Program Manager at Trinfo.Café Arianna Basche, and CHER Director Jack Dougherty for making this pilot program possible.



The Center for Hartford Engagement and Research invites students and faculty sponsors to apply for either or both of two competitive Fall 2019 research programs: Community Learning Research Fellows and the Liberal Arts Action Lab.

In the Community Learning Research Fellows students collaborate with a Hartford area-community partner and a Trinity College faculty sponsors on a research or creative project. Collaborations with community partners can happen one of two ways: (1) if you are already planning an independent study, internship, community-learning course, or senior thesis/project with a community partner, you can apply to join the .5 credit Research Fellows weekly seminar where you can discuss your research with an interdisciplinary group of students (2) Alternatively, we have community partners who are seeking student researchers and you may apply to work with one of them, while also participating in the .5 credit weekly seminar. To be eligible, Trinity students must be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors, who have already completed a Community Learning course or participated in a community engagement project while studying abroad. Possible partners/projects for Fall 2019 include:

In the Liberal Arts Action Lab, Hartford community partners define projects facing the city and collaborate with teams of students and faculty from Trinity College and Capital Community College to research and publicly share solutions. Students must be available to enroll in two Action Lab courses: LAAL 200 Action Research Methods in Hartford (for all students on Monday afternoons, around 1-4pm) and an LAAL 201 Hartford Research Project team (6 students, meets either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons, around 1-4pm, or Wednesday evenings, around 6:30-9:10pm). Both will be taught by the Action Lab Director, Megan Brown, at our downtown campus, and successful students will earn 2 Trinity credits, which is the equivalent of 6 CCC credits. Cross-referenced Action Lab courses count toward Trinity majors in Ed Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy & Law, and Urban Studies, and some other majors. Fall 2019 Action Lab proposals include:

To apply for the Community Learning Research Fellows visit and contact Professor with any questions. To apply for the Liberal Arts Action Lab visit and contact Action Lab Director with questions.

The application deadline for both programs is Sunday March 31st.