Common Wealth Charlotte is the recipient of a Points of Light grant that allows us to engage two VISTA volunteers for a twelve-month partnership. Shanell Blunt and Kerry Shipman are two volunteers who are extraordinary assets at Common Wealth Charlotte. They are working daily to coordinate program activities for financial education. Their knowledge, work ethic, and passion are helping Common Wealth Charlotte achieve our goal of helping Charlotte's low-income community members become financially capable, educated, and banked.
The Financial Opportunity Corps recruits and trains volunteers as financial coaches who help people from low- and moderate-income households achieve financial stability. The program is a partnership between Points of Light, Bank of America and the Corporation for National and Community Service. It includes 17 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving nonprofit organizations in 12 cities around the country and will expand to more cities this year.
With the support of Financial Opportunity Corps members, financial coaches help participants develop strategies to reduce debt, improve credit, start saving for emergencies, access benefits and build assets for long-term financial health.