Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
ProsperityME empowers, through education and counseling, members of refugee and immigrant communities to invest in themselves to build financial stability, careers, businesses and wealth.
ProsperityME’s services include financial literacy courses and one-on-one financial counseling to individuals and/or families, as well as college access counseling services. We serve men and women of all ages from the following communities: Congolese, Burundian, Somali, Sudanese, Iraqi, and Russian, Latino communities, as well as low-income individuals and families from Portland and Lewiston, Maine. The financial counseling is designed to help individuals and families make sound financial decisions with personal finance. The financial literacy courses are composed of five classes. ProsperityME offers three main courses: Basic Money Management in America, Savings to Build Wealth, and Microfinance. The materials covered in these courses help develop participants’ financial skills to gain experience in:
Basic banking and savings Budgeting techniques Awareness of financial fraud and scams Setting and meeting short and long-term financial goals Using credit wisely Building, maintaining, and repairing credit Savings for college, retirement, buying a home or car Steps to open and manage a business
*ProsperityME provides these classes at no cost to participants