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Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity

National Service and community volunteer programs are dedicated to creating economic opportunity to improve the financial well-being and security of economically disadvantaged individuals. Community organizations across the country are learning about specific interventions to address the housing, financial literacy, and employment needs of low-income populations. Read more about these initiatives here.

Organizations and Project Ideas

  • Volunteer with Nonprofit organizations dedicated to financial planning and financial literacy
  • Provide trainings and presentations on financial literacy to youth
  • Act as a mentor to individuals transitioning into housing and who are seeking employment
  • Find a volunteer opportunity near you online
  • Challenge your family and friends to volunteer with our “You Got Served!  Pay it Forward!” campaign and then Share Your Service Story
  • Check out the great local community organizations listed below

Volunteer.  Create Economic Opportunity for all Utahns.

 

Tax_Prep_Financial_Literacy_Adult_Education_IRS_sectionThe Community Action Partnership of Utah is the statewide association for Utah’s nine Community Action Agencies. The Community Action network envisions an end to poverty in Utah. They work toward this vision every day by providing services to low-income families and individuals across the state. They offer several programs as part of this endeavor.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) initiative that offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own taxes. Utah has implemented the VITA program across the state through the Earn it. Keep it. Save it. initiative, which is a statewide public-private partnership that builds partnerships to strengthen family financial stability utilizing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Earn it. Keep it. Save it. provides free tax preparation services to households whose income is below $49,000 a year. VITA sites are fully staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS. Earn it. Keep it. Save it. through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is looking for volunteers to prepare income tax returns. Visit www.UtahTaxHelp.org for more information. They also have volunteer opportunities as Financial Advocates and Intake and Review Specialists.

imagesThe Utah Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy strives to prepare Utah’s youth for financial and economic success. We accomplish our mission by raising awareness of the need for personal finance and economic fundamentals, enhancing the effectiveness of personal financial education, promoting responsible fiscal attitudes and behaviors and encouraging networking and cooperative efforts among business, community, government and education. The Utah Jump$tart Coalition is always seeking volunteers; please visit them online to submit a volunteer application.

Junior Achievement was established to educate Utah’s students in work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.  JA programs help prepare young people for work by showing them how to generate and effectively manage wealth, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.  Junior Achievement provides volunteers with rich, rewarding opportunities throughout the school year.  Volunteers can mentor students in the classroom or at the experiential learning site, Junior Achievement City.  JA has Kindergarten through 12th grade programs running throughout the year all over the State of Utah. JA also has volunteer positions at special events such as the annual Fun Run and 5K, two golf tournaments, and Bowl-A-Thons.

downloadThe Utah Financial Planning Association (FPA) in partnership with W!SE and GE Capital, teaches free financial literacy classes at the Salt Lake City Family Justice Center. These classes are taught by volunteer Certified Financial Planners from the Utah FPA as part of a 12-week course offered twice each year at the YWCA Salt Lake Campus.  The course objective is to teach fundamental money management skills that range from basic budgeting and banking to principles of insurance, investing and retirement planning.  For more information please visit the Utah Financial Planning Association online.

Volunteers Make an Impact on Economic Opportunity.

  • In Tax Year 2013 over 800 volunteers working with The Community Action Partnership of Utah provided 29,790 hours in service and prepared 18,897 free tax returns saving Utahans’ $3.9 million in tax preparation fees and effectively bringing back $26.1 million in refunds back into the local economy.
  • The Utah Jump$tart program has provided financial literacy curriculum to 191 educators from across the state of Utah.
  • The Utah Financial Planning Association’s pro bono volunteers have donated over 200 hours of service helping underserved members of the community who would otherwise not be able to afford access to professional financial planners.