Fairfax County Launches Financial Education Initiative



Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102

February 26, 2010

News Highlights

  • The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has awarded contracts to two community-based organizations, Our Daily Bread and Hispanic Committee of Virginia, to provide financial education services to low-income residents.
  • The groups will train volunteers to teach classes and provide individual counseling on budgeting, foreclosure prevention and other aspects of money management.
  • This effort complements the successful Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services has awarded contracts to two community-based organizations, Our Daily Bread and the Hispanic Committee of Virginia, to provide financial education services to low-income residents.

The organizations will be training community volunteers to teach classes and offer individual counseling sessions on budgeting, credit, money management, foreclosure prevention, and savings.

The goal is to give low-income residents the tools and resources they need to recover from financial crisis, or to prevent crisis from occurring in the first place.

Funding to support these contracts came from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Community Services Block Grant.

The Financial Education Initiative complements the successful Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also overseen by the county’s Department of Family Services, which is currently providing free tax preparation services at 18 sites throughout Northern Virginia to working families and individuals who earned less than $49,000 in 2009.

Participants in both programs are connected with other resources as well, such as employment and business development services, first-time homebuyer programs, and banks offering matched savings accounts for new customers.

“We are excited about this opportunity to partner with two outstanding community organizations and leverage the talent and good will of local volunteers to help people in these tough economic times,” said Nannette Bowler, director of the county’s Department of Family Services.

For more information about the Financial Education Initiative, contact Aimee Brobst in the Fairfax County Department of Family Services at 703-324-7514, aimee.brobst@fairfaxcounty.gov, or visit the Web site at www.nvacash.org.

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