Boca Helping Hands Provides Free Financial Management Classes
Boca Raton, FL (January 10, 2022)– January is National Financial Wellness Month, and in recognition, Boca Helping Hands is providing financial management classes that are free and open to Palm Beach County residents. The classes teach individuals how to improve their overall financial management skills through presentations from experts.
The next three Zoom classes will be held on January 21, February 25, and March 25 at 10:45 am. They will be led by Boca Helping Hands Board Member and First Vice President of Valley Bank, Martine Pierre-Paul. The classes aim to empower people by giving them fundamental finance skills to set them up for success in the new year.
Pierre-Paul, who is an FDIC Money Smart certified instructor, will cover topics such as banking basics, spending, saving, planning for retirement, credit reports and scores, borrowing basics, managing debt, protecting your identity and other assets, the journey to homeownership, the journey to business success, self-employment, and disaster financial preparation and recovery.
“Financial literacy provides the foundation for long-term financial success. For many, financial wellness is thought of as the ‘now’ and in ‘the moment’ without a plan for the retirement years,” said Pierre-Paul. “Being financially literate gives us the control we need over our finances. My focus will be to get each student to reflect on their #1 financial goal and walk away from the class with a plan to achieve that one goal, one step at a time. I hope that our adult students will also teach their children the information learned.”
In 2021, nearly 200 people participated in Boca Helping Hands Financial Management classes.
Palm Beach County residents can register for the upcoming virtual classes at https://www.bocahelpinghands.org/financial-management or call 561-417-0913 for assistance or questions.
About Boca Helping Hands
Boca Helping Hands (BHH) is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency. Through its various programs, BHH assists over 27,000 people annually.
BHH distributes more than 80,000 pantry bags each year at five Palm Beach County locations and serves over 90,000 hot meals annually, six days per week. The organization expands access to affordable medical, dental and behavioral care through its partnerships with Genesis Community Health (serving clients at clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach) and Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Community Based Clinics (serving residents in West Palm Beach). In addition, BHH sends weekend meals home with food-insecure elementary school students via the BHH Backpacks Program and assists working families with the rising cost of childcare through the Children’s Assistance Program (CAP).
With an increased focus on client self-sufficiency, BHH awards scholarships for qualified candidates to attend accredited vocational training classes that prepare them for careers in the healthcare, information technology, construction, and transportation industries. BHH also offers free English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes, courses in nutrition, and other life skills. In addition, staff and volunteer mentors counsel the unemployed and underemployed in basic workplace skills and help them polish resumes and search for jobs.
Boca Helping Hands is a partner agency of The Town of Palm Beach United Way. Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has been committed to improving lives and building strong communities throughout Palm Beach County by focusing on programs and priorities that promote education, health, and financial stability.
Charity Navigator named Boca Helping Hands a Four-Star Charity for the 15th consecutive year in June 2021. Boca Helping Hands is located at 1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For more information, please visit bocahelpinghands.org.