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Become a Money Mentor Volunteer
The pandemic has introduced unique financial challenges to people. For some people, income is stable, and expenses have gone down. For others, their normal income source has disappeared, and other resources are limited or gone. Community members are looking for help to manage these unique situations.
In the last few months, the demand for help from Money Mentors volunteers has been high. This year more people are likely to seek help. You can help others by becoming a Money Mentor volunteer. We completed an online training session this past summer, and it worked well. Money Mentors volunteers have been working with participants by phone, email and online since then.
Money Mentor volunteers complete 30 hours of financial education and coaching training with University of Illinois Extension educators. Mentors are then matched with people who seek help with financial goals such as paying down debt, building spending plans, saving for dreams, and organizing their finances.
For participants, being matched with a mentor is like having their own personal, financial coach to reach their goals.
Our next Money Mentor training begins January 26, 2021; the twelve weekly trainings are Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Training sessions include online class discussions by Zoom. Each week includes homework in the form of activities, readings and online training. Assistance is available for anyone who is not familiar with Zoom meetings.
For more information, visit our website at http://go.illinois.edu/MoneyMentors. Registration is required.
There is a $40 cost for training; partial scholarships are available. Currently, the Money Mentors program is available to residents in eleven Illinois counties: Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion, Livingston, McLean, Woodford, Kankakee, Will, Grundy and Cook counties.
If you have questions regarding the Money Mentors program, please contact Kathy Sweedler, Consumer Economics Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 217.333.7672.