Building Strong Financial Foundations One Community Member at a ime

(Carroll and Stark Counties, Ohio) January 26, 2021 – Free financial coaching services now available through United Way of Greater Stark County’s Financial Prosperity Center.

“We are here to offer free, virtual financial coaching to individuals and workplaces, helping guide our community members to set up a strong financial foundation,” said Tyron Hoisten, Personal Finance Coordinator at United Way of Greater Stark County. “This program offers a step-by-step road map to enriching your financial condition, reducing the fear and risk of doing it on your own.”

Financial coaches work with employed individuals in regular, virtual one-on-one sessions to support them in setting and achieving their financial goals. Coaches offer encouragement and monitoring in a process largely driven by the client’s needs. They work together to identify what’s important to the client and why, focusing on individual’s unique goals, exploring possible solutions, and establishing milestones for building an action plan.

“It is important to provide a successful pathway to financial stability. This program will help empower our clients and provide accelerated growth to our community,” says Robin Seemann, Director of Financial Stability Programs at United Way of Greater Stark County. “We want to focus action on financial education so people can make more effective, independent decisions concerning their budget and financial plans.”

Each coaching experience is unique, but the process includes gathering basic information at intake, coaching agreement, setting a schedule, establishing & prioritizing goals, assigning actions, making course adjustments, and reviewing & assessing progress.

Volunteers who would like to help members of our community achieve financial stability by becoming financial coaches can sign up today at uwstark.org/financial-coaching . Volunteers will receive virtual professional training and certification.

Financial coaching provides a competitive advantage by leveraging your time with specialized financial expertise that cuts through the clutter, confusion and contradictory information by teaching you only what is relevant – efficiently, and with a minimum of hassle. When you leverage your financial coach’s expertise you bridge the gap between information overload and effective action so that you can convert all the work you are already doing into meaningful financial results. It’s a smart business strategy that produces greater financial success with less effort. – financialmentor.com

“My coach took the time to get to know both me and my financial needs and concerns. I can definitely say that I feel more confident and optimistic with what I want my financial future to look like.  After working with my coach to develop some goals, and a plan to achieve them, I was able to pay down my debt and improve my credit score by 86 points. My coach encouraged and provided the support needed, making me accountable for my choices and my successes. I am a believer that my financial goals and dreams are possible to achieve, my coach helped me see it!” Brenda – Canton, Ohio

To learn more about this free program or sign up, please visit uwstark.org/financial-coaching.

About Financial Prosperity Center
United Way of Greater Stark County’s Financial Prosperity Center provides wraparound services geared toward individuals and families of low income, helping them prosper financially. Staff introduce clients to financial literacy programs which will increase their monthly income through long-term stable employment, decreasing expenses and acquiring assets. Services offered include resource connecting, financial coaching and counseling, and financial and soft skills workshops. Programs available through the Center include VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), Auto Repair and Prosperity@Work. The Center was established in early 2017 and is a partnership between United Way, OhioMeansJobs Stark County and Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board.

About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our communities by leading in the development of solutions to critical social issues in the areas of health, education and financial stability. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit uwstark.org. Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.