Submitted by Women United of United Way Lewis County

Members of the community seeking financial education and well-being now have the opportunity to work with a local banking professional through Women United’s new Financial Mentorship Initiative.

The Financial Mentorship Initiative brings bankers with financial expertise, directly to the people who need it the most through nonprofit and community-based partnerships.  Mentors and program participants will work together to discuss aspects of financial literacy and develop strategies to help participants become more financially secure. They will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with local banking professionals offering to share their real-world experience when it comes to managing finances.

People interested in enrolling in the program can find more information about the Financial Mentorship Initiative online and apply. Applications are now available on the Women United and United Way of Lewis County websites. Students and mentors will decide on a case-by-case basis how long they would like the mentor-mentee relationship to last.

Cindy Malarz, Women United member and Branch Manager at Umpqua Bank stated, “The program will allow individuals to learn about budgeting, loans and repayment, debt management, and other topics from a mentor.” She said, “With eight local banks participating, and the great variety of backgrounds and talents, we believe this program has the potential to help many families in our area who are struggling to improve their credit, pay down debt and learn new tools to work towards financial stability.

The program was developed through Women United, an affinity group of United Way of Lewis County working to lift women and children out of poverty. Women United chair, Annalee Tobey praised Cindy Malarz and Umpqua Bank for spearheading this exciting new program. Learn more about the Financial Mentorship Initiative at their website.

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