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The Maryland CASH Academy, a signature program of the Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign, offers free personal finance classes on a wide variety of topics across the state of Maryland. Search for a class by location, date, topic or educator.

MD CASH to Offer Webinar on the Financial Stability Pathway Project, June 28th, 2013

Published on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
Social Works: How a Baltimore Network is Building a Pathway to Financial Stability

 In uncertain times, linked service delivery and resource-sharing among organizations can create a more supportive, local safety net that empowers clients to access services to meet their financial goals. The need for this is particularly critical in majority low-income cities like Baltimore, where one of every four residents lives below the poverty line and many teeter on the edge of self-sufficiency.

 Please join the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program’s AssetPlatform.org, theMaryland CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope), and the University of Maryland School of Social Work for a webinar on June 28th from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM EDT to learn how a network of financial stability organizations in Baltimore is approaching the need together, connected through smart referrals and evidence-based training in the basics of financial social work. See how online resources and in-depth training can empower your front-line service providers, and be among the first to hear results from a University of Maryland study that shows that capacity building interventions can make a difference in the fight for financial stability.

Click here to registerhttps://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=nlmctjj34jby

 
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Baltimore Sun Promotes MD CASH’s Financial Coaching Program

Published on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Eileen Ambrose of the Baltimore Sun knows that sometimes it helps to share your goals and setbacks with others in similar straits. She featured MD CASH’s financial coaching program in a post written May 23rd, 2013 on her consumer blog.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/consuming-interests-blog/bal-consuming-interests-nonprofit-to-offer-financial-group-therapy-in-baltimore-20130522,0,6198228.story#ixzz2U7fKioIm

 
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MD CASH’s Director of Financial Education Talks about Paying for College on The Launch Pad

Sue Rogan, Maryland CASH Campaign’s Director of Financial Education, appeared on the Launch Pad series. The Launch Pad is a community television shoe that airs on the City of Bowie’s Public Access Station, as well as on the website and YouTube channel for the Pursuing a Dream Corporation. PADC is a non profit established in 2008 with the mission of increasing African-American students’ interest in pursing degrees and careers in fields related to science, technology, and math.   In her appearance, Sue talked about MD CASH’s programs, including financial education and coaching, and gave some tips about being financially prepared for college. The video is available here: http://youtu.be/9BRJOT8WxOA

 
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WBAL: 1 in 3 Marylanders Have No Emergency Savings

Maryland is known as one of the wealthiest states, however according to a recent study, most Marylanders won’t have the money to help themselves out of a financial emergency.

More than one in three Marylanders are living on the edge of financial disaster with almost no savings to fall back on in the event of a job loss, health crisis or other emergency, according to an annual report released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).

The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard reveals insight into Americans’ ability to save and build wealth, fend off poverty and create a more prosperous future. The report also offers findings on how Americans in all 50 states are doing financially, and highlights policies that are helping Americans build in financial assets, income, businesses, jobs, housing, homeownership, health care and education.

Maryland CASH Campaign Director Robin McKinney told WBAL Radio that she and her colleague annually use the study to help many Marylanders who have excessive debt, past due financial liabilities, and hardly any personal savings.

Read more: http://www.wbal.com/article/98511/2/template-story/1-In-3-Marylanders-Have-Almost-No-Savings-For-Emergencies

 
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Southern Maryland News: Hoyer hears of harm from federal ‘sequester’ cuts

Representatives of LifeStyles of Maryland and some of its community partners clued U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer in on the harmful effects of federal budget cuts, also known as sequestration, at a meeting at the La Plata nonprofit Monday. LifeStyles provides services and programs to support the needs of the community, with emphasis on serving the homeless.

Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) said that when folks in Washington talk about cutting funds by certain percentages, they are only seeing numbers. He said it was important for him to listen to whom the cuts would affect, and it was important for those people to make their cases known in Washington.

Hoyer said his colleagues need to put faces to the numbers.

Sandy Washington, executive director of LifeStyles, said that in talking about cuts, Hoyer spoke of large amounts of money. “When you look at it locally, we get a small portion of that anyway,” she said.Washington said LifeStyles receives a $30,000 emergency solutions grant, which is spread across numerous programs. Cutting from that already small figure, she said, makes it much more difficult to help people.Washington said in a later interview that she wasn’t certain exactly how much federal funding would be cut next year.

Robin McKinney, director of the Maryland CASH campaign — Creating Assets, Savings and Hope for Maryland’s Working Families — spoke about how federal cuts could affect those who are working to help organizations like LifeStyles.

“When you are taking what isn’t enough and reducing it, then it’s not meat, it’s not fat anymore. You are really down to the bone. … This money isn’t going to frivolous purposes. We are getting value out of every single penny,” she said.

Read more: http://www.somdnews.com/article/20130327/NEWS/130329161/1075/hoyer-hears-of-harm-from-federal-x2018-sequester-x2019-cuts&template=southernMaryland

 
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Daily Record Covers MD CASH Small Groups

The Maryland CASH Academy, a one-stop resource for educating people on how to manage money, is seeking Baltimore residents for a free Small Group Financial Coaching program. From four to eight individuals who are committed to changing their financial habits will be chosen for the eight-week program, which starts in mid-March.
Group members will meet in person for 60-90 minutes once a week. Interested individuals may obtain an application form at www.mdcashacademy.org. The application deadline is March 8. The CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Academy is run by the Maryland CASH Campaign, a nonprofit, statewide network of organizations that promote financial stability for working families.

Read more: http://thedailyrecord.com/2013/02/22/cash-academy-offering-financial-classes/#ixzz2NRbxu0H4

 
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