Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Financial Coaching

­­United Way of Monroe County is asking area residents, “Are you ready to reach your financial goals?” United Way, along with the Financial Stability Alliance, is piloting a free financial coaching program for individuals in our community. Financial coaching is quickly gaining recognition on a national level as a proven, effective way to help people significantly improve their financial well-being. The pilot program will initially provide free financial coaching to 10-20 participants.

Residents of Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties who are interested in being part of the pilot program should contact Amy Leyenbeck, Community Initiatives Director at amy (at) monroeunitedway.org or fill out the online application form prior to December 15th.

Today’s economic environment leaves many people struggling with their financial realities. According to a recent bankrate.com survey, 63% of people do not have enough savings to cover an unexpected $500 expense, and according to the NFCC 2015 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey, only 2 in 5 adults report having a budget and keeping close track of their spending. The PwC Employee Financial Wellness survey reported that finances are the #1 cause of stress on working individuals, and financial worries negatively impact employee’s overall health, relationships, and workplace productivity.

Participants will work with a financial coach who will help create personalized goals and then systematically work towards achieving them. After the first year, the pilot program will be evaluated in order to assess the potential for expansion.

United Way’s mission is to improve people’s lives by addressing critical needs today and working to reduce those needs tomorrow. Financial coaching participants will be better equipped to address their financial needs today while working toward their goals for a more financially stable future.

Efrat Feferman, United Way Executive Director, commented, “United Way stands behind every person in our community seeking their path towards prosperity and a better life, no matter their starting point. We look forward to assessing the program’s results with this first class of participants, so that our community may then determine the worthiness of further investments in individualized coaching as a powerful tool for improving one’s financial health.”

United Way of Monroe County is partnering with Apprisen, a non-profit organization with 60 years of experience and over half a million people served, to provide the financial coaching service. In a series of individual, holistic coaching sessions over a 12 month period, participants will set personalized goals and create an action plan for achieving them, review credit reports/scores with the coach, learn how to address credit report issues, and identify ways to strengthen credit. Additionally, participants have access to free financial tools via webinars, social media, and money minute blog articles. Participants stay engaged in the process and remain accountable for progress toward their goals through regular follow-ups with their coach. Apprisen ensures their service is convenient for participants by offering several ways to connect with coaches: in-person, over the phone, or by email.

German American Bank is providing sponsorship support for the financial coaching pilot program.  

The Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana increases collaboration and information sharing among financial stability partners and service providers in Brown, Greene, Monroe, and Owen counties.

 

Want to be part of the pilot program? Fill out the application form here.

 

Do you want to strengthen earnings in our community?

Please consider donating to the United Way Earnings Priority Fund. This fund helps hard working individuals and families get ahead by increasing their job skills and income potential, providing financial education, and building economic stability and independence.

Want to learn more about the other building blocks for a good life? Visit Education and Essentials to see how we are making an impact.

 

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