Community Events & Announcements

Volunteer Tax Preparers, Intake, and Benefits Specialists

United Way volunteers help thousands of low-income people prepare their taxes. For many clients, tax credits and refunds are critical to keeping food on the table and a roof overhead. Volunteers also connect people to savings opportunities and public benefits that they may not even know are available to them. Learn more about volunteer opportunities as a tax preparer, intake specialist and benefits specialist here>

The last Money Mechanics class of the year is here!

Are you frustrated by your financial situation or stressed out by your debt? Have you tried to set a budget but then your spending patterns don’t change?  Do you want to support in meeting their goals but have trouble getting there?

YWCA’s financial education classes, Money Mechanics are offering FREE classes in Seattle!  This series offers financial workshops for anyone who feels like their finances could use a “tune-up,” especially anyone who is low-income, unemployed, currently or recently homeless, or tired of getting paid and just days later wondering, “just where did that money go?”   These classes are open to anyone 18 and over.

Classes will be four sessions: November 6-27th, on Tuesdays, from 5:30 pm-8: 30 pm.

Food and childcare provided free on site!  Transportation assistance is available.  Participants may be eligible to receive up to $50 for completing the class!

For more information or to register, participants can contact Constance at 206-336-6977.  Spread the word and reserve your spot today before it fills up!  Download a flyer here>

YWCA Hope & Power for Your Personal Finances

The YWCA is offering their Hope and Power for your Personal Finances classes this fall, in collaboration with Dawn, in South King County! These are FREE, non-traditional financial education classes for women who have experienced an abusive or controlling relationship. If someone is interested, she can contact Ken at 206-379-7545 to register.

The YWCA offers childcare on site, refreshments, and some transportation assistance (gas cards or bus tickets). They also offer incentives to everyone who successfully completes the classes—up to $75! Plus we work with the BankOn Seattle/King County program and graduates may be eligible to receive an additional $100 from SOME participating banks if they chose to open an account.

The class is on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm, from October 17th through December 19th.   Download the flyer here>

It is a very comprehensive class—we cover everything that is typically in a financial education class, plus lots of other topics that are critically important for DV survivors:

  • Financial abuse and safety planning
  • Goal setting and your personal values
  • Making your dollar stretch each month (budgeting!)
  • Unmasking the mysteries of credit
  • Debt management
  • How to make banking work for you
  • Financial aid for education
  • Employment protections for DV survivors
  • Dependable strengths
  • Programs that can help you start a business
  • Housing protections for DV survivors, housing options, and your rights/responsibilities as a renter
  • Family law (protection orders, divorce, parenting plans, etc.) and its financial impact
  • ID Theft and consumer rights
  • Insurance (car, renters, life)