A modern B knows what she needs and knows how to get it. She also knows that other people need things, too–that we’ve got to look out for one another. Every weekend we bring you examples of women who find creative, meaningful ways to give to others, even when money and time are tight. To tell us how you help, click “Comments” above– you might be featured here next week.

Since it’s tax season, today we’re featuring one generous accountant, a woman with compassion for those on society’s margins—a woman who looks past the bottom line.

Tracey A Hennessey writes:

Accountants tend to be pricey. I try my hardest to keep my prices to a minimum. In addition to tax preparation, I also do a plethora of other things, including immigration assistance.

During tax season, I have three low-income senior housing residences that I visit, and I do the tax returns for any of the residents there for free.  I also prepare taxes for anyone in residence at our local homeless shelter, regardless of the time of year.

With regards to immigration, there is a petition that can be processed for the battered spouse of a US Citizen, called a VAWA petition.  (Violence Against Women Act)  Having been a battered spouse, I know

Tracey & daughter. "She's a B that can field-strip a firearm," says proud mom.

the heartache, the frustration and the living in fear that these women go thru. I can’t imagine adding fear of deportation and losing your children on top of that.  In these cases, I process their applications for about 25% of the normal rate, so that they will be able to stand up in court and fight for their rights – without fear of ICE showing up.

Alas, we can’t all be Tracy. (We have a hard time telling a W-2 from R2D2, and when we hear “withholding” we think of our men in sour moods.) But we can take Tracey’s lead and look out for each other. So tell us: What do you give? How do you use your particular skills to help those who need a boost?