The University of Illinois Extension is launching the new Money Mentor program in Vermilion County.
Program organizers are seeking volunteers to help promote healthy financial habits among their community.
Applications for volunteers are now being accepted. Anyone is welcome to apply, and no previous financial education is needed.
Money Mentor volunteers will help others with personal finances and participate in outreach community education to increase financial capacity. They will work individually with people to help them organize their finances and reach their financial goals.
"Depending on a person's need, a Money Mentor might help someone develop a spending plan, establish a plan to deal with debt or organize bills," said Kathy Sweedler, an Extension educator. "The overall goal of the program is to empower people to take control of their finances by giving them the confidence and knowledge to do so."
Mentors will receive about 25 hours of training in basic financial management, communication and teaching skills. Following the training, mentors will provide 50 hours annually of financial mentoring and community outreach.
Information is available on the local Extension office website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/moneymentors/. For more information, call 442-8615 or email Cayla Waters, the Consumer Economics Program coordinator, at cmwaters@Illinois.edu.