CHECK THE BOX, CHANGE A LIFE: DONATE TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS MICHIGAN WHEN FILING YOUR STATE INCOME TAXES
For the first time ever, Special Olympics Michigan has an income tax check-off box! Taxpayers can donate and show their support for Special Olympics Michigan athletes, by filling out the Voluntary Contributions Schedule (Form 4642) when doing their 2012 state income tax return.
On June 5, 2012 Governor Rick Snyder signed into law House Bill 4632 and Senate Bill 381 to allow taxpayers to easily donate money to Special Olympics Michigan. Individuals can designate a contribution of $5, $10 or more to Special Olympics Michigan when filing their 2012 taxes.
Special Olympics Michigan receives no state funding. Programs are made possible through the support of Michigan organizations, individuals and statewide businesses. SOMI programs are provided at no cost to athletes or their families.
“We encourage Michigan taxpayers to keep us in mind when filing their states taxes this season. For a small donation they can become part of a Movement that provides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to experience acceptance, dignity, respect, pride, joy and friendship through the vehicle of sport,” said Special Olympics Michigan Chief Marketing & Development Officer Kimberly Purdy.
Provide the transformative power of sport through Special Olympics Michigan for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan communities. Our life changing programs highlight athlete abilities, break down barriers, teach life skills, and focus on dignity and respect. Special Olympics serves as a catalyst for social change to create more unified communities for everyone. Healthy Athletes® programs offer free health screenings and nutrition education programs to enhance wellness. Young Athletes™ programs (ages 2-7) are offered for early childhood development, and school-based programs foster youth leadership and inclusion. Special Olympics is a volunteer-based program located throughout the state.
Why should you contribute?
Special Olympics Michigan provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 26 Olympic-type sports to nearly 20,000 athletes. Through programs in sports, health, education and community building, SOMI is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities across the state. Funds raised will:
- Provide free health screenings to people with intellectual disabilities who face an increased risk of secondary health issues through our Healthy Athletes® program.
- Encourage students with and without intellectual disabilities to play side-by-side on sports teams and discuss topics to reverse stereotypes. Project UNIFY® reduces bullying in schools by replacing the “r-word” with respect.
- Build confidence and self-esteem of our athletes to help them become more self-sufficient and secure jobs in their communities.
How else can you help?
- Encourage your friends and family to make a tax donation to Special Olympics Michigan.
- Ask your employer or tax preparer if you can display information about the Special Olympics Michigan income tax check-off throughout your office or insert a copy of the Voluntary Contributions Schedule (Form 4642) into employee mailboxes, paychecks, etc.
- Promote the income tax check-off at your school, place of worship, fitness center or library and in their newsletters, bulletins, websites, etc.
- Spread the word by linking www.somi.org/x2813.xml to your website or social media accounts.
Support Special Olympics Michigan when filing your 2012 income tax and ask for the Voluntary Contributions Schedule to donate.
Check the Box, Change a Life!
Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for 19,620 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes build physical fitness, develop self-confidence and prepare for participation in society.
SOMI is a non-profit organization supported almost entirely by corporate and individual gifts, without support of state funds. The generosity of Michigan organizations, individuals and statewide businesses enable the program to continue.
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