United Way of Story County announces two free financial education workshop series for women beginning in March and April. Nevada will host a four-week series starting on Monday, March 28, meeting each Monday from 5:30-7:45 p.m., through April 18. Maxwell will host an additional series starting on April 5, meeting each Tuesday from 5:30-7:45 p.m., through April 26. These multiple week workshop series will focus on basic personal money management practices such as: setting financial goals, identifying spending habits, creating a spending plan and finding strategies for sticking to it, banking basics, finding ways to save and wise use of credit and loans; and help attendees work toward their personal financial goals. These workshops are made possible due to a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Foundation and United Way Worldwide.

Registration is open to women living and/or working in Story County who want to learn new ways to manage their finances. Meals, workshop materials and child care are provided. Assistance with transportation may be available. Household consumables such as paper towels, toilet paper and laundry detergent will be awarded as attendance incentives. There are no fees to attend the workshop series but preregistration is required and can be done online at http://www.uwstory.org/money-management or by calling Jerri Baumeister at 515-268-5142.

After completing the series, participants may choose to work with a mentor in order to put into practice what they have learned in the workshops, and attend booster sessions offered throughout the year, focusing on topics related to financial management skills. Additionally, educational scholarships are available for coursework related to completion of the high school equivalency program (HiSET), certification courses, or community college and university undergraduate degrees.

Local volunteers are being sought to assist with:

Mentoring

Mentors provide support and encouragement as program participants identify financial goals and implement strategies for achieving them. Volunteers do not need to have previous mentoring experience or financial background; however, knowledge of basic money management skills is preferred. Mentors typically meet with their mentee every 1-2 weeks, for a total of six meetings. Mentors cannot be affiliated with any bank, security firm or investment firm (mentors retired from these fields will be permitted). Prior to being matched with a mentee, volunteers will attend two 2-hour training sessions on interpersonal relationship-building and community resources. These training dates are to be determined.

Childcare:

Volunteers are needed for Monday evenings, March 28 through April 18, and Tuesday evenings, April 5 through April 26. Volunteers will assist the children with dinner, as well as help provide age-appropriate activities. Toys, books and art supplies are on hand for the children’s use. Volunteers must be high-school age or older.

For more information, contact: Jerri Baumeister at jbaumeister@uwstory.org or 515-268-5142.