Mayor’s Action Challenge Offers Financial Empowerment Opportunities

Sign up now: Start Jan, 31 in Seatack and Feb. 6 in Lake Edward

Friday, January 13, 2012

As part of the Mayor’s Action Challenge for Children and Families,  the city Department of Human Services, in partnership with Bank On Virginia Beach,  is launching  500 Families Financially Fit for the Future.  Designed as a passport to financial empowerment, this initiative includes a series of self-paced activities and classes to provide families the knowledge and resources to meet the challenges of a complex economy and gain greater financial success.  Classes are now forming in the Seatack and Lake Edward areas:

  • Seatack Recreation Center, 141 S. Birdneck Road
    • Dates: Last Tuesday of each month from Jan. 31 to Sept. 25, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Enoch Baptist Church, 5641 Herbert Moore Road
    • Dates: Orientation/Kickoff Event: Feb. 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Classes will meet the first Tuesday of each month, Feb. 7 to Sept. 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the basics of banking and money management, participants will learn how to break the crisis mode, how credit works, how an individual’s credit score can affect one’s job, housing, and insurance, and how to improve credit scores; savings strategies; and how to protect themselves from identity theft.  To register, call Lori Irwin, Financial Empowerment Coordinator, at (757) 385-3551.

Bank On Virginia Beach is a partnership of participating banks, credit unions, community organizations, and the City of Virginia Beach designed to connect unbanked and under-banked families to free or low-cost bank accounts and take steps toward financial freedom.  The Department of Human Services has lead responsibility for the Financially Fit Family in Which to Thrive initiative outlined in the Mayor’s Challenge. Visit to learn more about the Mayor’s Challenge.


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