February 13, 2017
NEWS. . . FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United Way of Greater Stark County will host an Open House at its Financial Prosperity Center on Friday, March 17th from 1-3pm. The center, which is housed at OhioMeansJobs Stark County, was developed to help local residents become financially stable. Services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual client, and focus on three primary areas: employment counseling and placement, financial education and coaching, and public benefits access.
The public is invited to attend the event which will have a St. Patrick's Day "Pot of Gold" theme. Information will be available about the many services offered free of charge, such as: assistance with benefit applications (SNAP, TANF, FAFSA, Medicare and Medicaid, voter registration), VITA free income tax preparation, financial counseling and coaching, financial education classes and workshops, workforce and employment services (new employment coaching, career readiness classes, job search assistance, clothing vouchers, employment training). Along with a tour, staff will be available to answer questions. There will be giveaways, and guests may enter a raffle for a prize basket.
United Way of Greater Stark County's Financial Prosperity Center at OhioMeansJobs Stark County aligns with United Way's Income BOLD GOALS. United Way of Greater Stark County envisions a community where a cycle for financial success exists, allowing individuals and families to access to build long-term, economic independence. The Financial Prosperity Center is one of many financial stability initiatives programs and services developed to provide local residents with pathways out of poverty that are realistic and sustainable.
This innovative center is a wonderful example of United Way's mission to provide everyone in the community with the building blocks they need for achieving financial independence. UWGSC volunteer Chuck Ducey attests, "United Way's MyBudgetCoach Program, combined with the new Financial Prosperity Center, are powerful tools that will positively impact the financial health of our community and the individuals that participate."
"The Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board is excited to partner with the United Way of Greater Stark County to provide an array of financial literacy services to customers within the OhioMeansJobs Center," says STWDB Executive Director Jennifer Meek Eells. "The Financial Prosperity Center will complement job seeker services available at OhioMeansJobs Stark County Center. The financial and employment programs offered through the Prosperity Center will provide job seekers as well as employment individuals tools to enhance their families' financial well being. Delivering more services through a "one-stop" location is an added benefit for our customers most in need."
United Way of Greater Stark County's Financial Prosperity Center is open now, and staff are meeting with their clients to help them address their financial issues. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. More information is available at http://www.uwstark.org/financial-prosperity-center or 330-491-2620. This project was made possible through funding from: The Sterling Foundation, Westfield Bank, Huntington Bank, PNC Bank, The Deuble Foundation, Internal Revenue Service and the Ohio Association of Food Banks.