Kern County's United Way runs a very special program teaching financial independence. Following the old adage of "teaching a man to fish" resulting in a skill that can be used for a lifetime, the program named Financial Independence Starts Here (F.I.S.H.) does exactly that. Aside from the wonderful education it imparts about how to manage finances, what financial terms mean, and how to navigate the world of banking, checking and savings - this program also assists low-income folks in meeting some very basic and important goals. These goals include:
- Saving for a first home
- Starting a small business
- Saving for an education
This special part of the program provides the F.I.S.H. student with the knowledge AND a locally financed matching program, so that for every dollar the student saves, the community matches it with $2 in what is known as an Individual Development Account (which is supervised by one of the many financial partners in the program).
Financial literacy and a chance to make a dream into a reality - home, business, education. This is one of the best programs around, and the classes are free.
Classes are on Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon, at United Way of Kern County 5405 Stockdale Highway #200, Bakersfield, CA 93309.
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