It is tax season once again, and the Deerfield Tax Aide project is in full swing under the leadership of Resident Judy Havard. When Judy and her husband Jim moved to Deerfield in the spring of 2011, she already had 12 years of experience as an AARP Tax Aide Worker. Recognizing that there were other AARP Tax Aides living at Deerfield, Judy pulled a team together and with the support of members of the administration team they began offering this free service in the Resident Business Office. That was 5 years ago, and this year the program expects to serve approximately 150 residents, employees, and their families.
Judy received a degree in Math & Physics from Lamar University in Texas, and then specialized in Information Technology. Her career included managing the IT department for General Electric Lighting Systems Inc. for 10 years before her retirement. Numbers are just one of Judy’s specialties - she also has a creative side, and enjoys working in the pottery studio at Deerfield. She was delighted when she sold some of her little clay mice creations, which she displayed on a cheese tray (where else would mice like to hang out?), at a street fair in Hendersonville, and the customer ordered more!
In addition to the opportunities at Deerfield, and the lovely surroundings which drew Judy and her husband to this community, it is also the people she enjoys. “Staying in your home can sometimes lead to becoming a recluse, whereas here there is constant opportunity to ‘meet & greet’, and new friends add a vitality to life.”
As much as Judy feels she has bene ted from the opportunities she’s found at Deer eld, the community has bene ted from her presence as well. In addition to her leadership as an AARP Tax Aide, she coordinated the design of the new residents website, MyDeer eld.org and maintains Judy’s List on the website. Judy’s List is a list of businesses and services that are recommended by fellow residents at Deer eld. Deer eld is the vibrant community that it is because of Judy and many others like her, who provide friendship and support to members of the community we all share.