A parent gets laid off. Bills pile up. Credit scores plummet.
It can be a difficult cycle to escape.
Thankfully, that’s where Eckerd Workforce Development comes in. Through initiatives like Money Works, the national nonprofit is taking South Carolina citizens on a crash course in Financial Planning 101.
“It’s been a great experience,” said Matt Fields, program director.
Since July 2016, more than one hundred participants have passed through the Money Works workshop series. Before wrapping up in March, the series ran on a monthly basis, and addressed issues like budgeting, financial planning and homeownership.
According to Fields, workshop attendance was boosted by a $3,000 special incentives grant provided by Wells Fargo.
“We are excited to have had the opportunity to provide quality financial workshops, and get the added benefit to the customers of an incentive to complete the workshop,” said Fields.
For attending the events, participants received a $25 Visa Gift card. Refreshments, including breakfast and lunch, were also provided by the grant.
The workshops were provided in conjunction with the WorkLink SC Works offices that serve Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties.