The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts is looking for 100 women who are willing to volunteer for one day at the Dollar $cholar financial literacy conference to be held April 22-24, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Assumption College. This conference will teach 250 eighth-grade girls from Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury the importance of financial literacy.
“As a mentor, I feel as though I was able to provide a stepping stone on the path to adulthood—financial management is such an important piece of that equation,” said Jessica McGarry, Business Loan Officer at Webster Five Cent Savings Bank and a mentor from last year’s conference.
Mentors from all professional backgrounds will assist the girls with fun, interactive activities that focus on budgeting, savings, career choices, and personal finance skills. These new skills build the girls’ self esteem and empower them to become independent and, therefore, less likely to be involved in incidents of domestic violence as adults. Women who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of adolescent girls today, while building a bright future for tomorrow, are encouraged to sign up. No special skills necessary and training will be provided.
The mission of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts is to promote women’s leadership and philanthropy and to create positive change for women and children. The Women’s Initiative is a volunteer-based women’s group whose vision is build, strengthen, and support the development of healthy, confident, safe adolescent girls. Raising funds for its work through an annual campaign, the Women’s Initiative puts more money into programs that improve and empower the lives of girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy. United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, family stability, and health.