New! The EARN matching savings program helps ALICE build savings for emergencies or to fund their goals! Learn more
Surveys show that 60% of Americans do not have a household budget to manage their income or track their spending. Seeing this need in our own communities, UWWC launched the Financial Opportunity Center in 2012 with a community partnership of volunteer financial coaches, area banks, and local businesses to ultimately empower individuals and families toward financial independence and security.
The Financial Opportunity Center works to improve the financial literacy skills of individuals and families in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties through access to resources such asone-on-one coaching and workshops on important topics and strategies, like budgeting, savings and credit . Our additional, ongoing efforts also include:
- Expanding the Financial Opportunity Center into other communities we serve.
- Supporting VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) to help Western Connecticut keep more of their hard-earned money by providing free, quality checked tax return filing services. Learn more
- Helping make savings a habit for Western Connecticut through the EARN matched savings program. Learn more
- Engaging more volunteers with financial proficiency to help their neighbors in need.
We are grateful to our generous individual donors and Financial Resource Center Community Partners for their support of this initiative:
Bank of America, City of Danbury, Fairfield County Bank, Newtown Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, Union Savings Bank, and Wells Fargo.