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Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Volunteers Ready for Service

21 May 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County Community


Twelve volunteers from throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley recently participated in the Master Financial Education Volunteer training offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension in Winchester. Elizabeth Banks of Basye, Kristin Black of Winchester, Terry Breeden of Strasburg, Tiffany Ford of Boyce, Shawn Garner of Stephens City, Ryan Henson of Linden, Dan Hesse of Winchester, Steve Ranson of Mount Jackson, Cindi Sechler of New Market, Joe Skopic of Winchester, Dona Smallwood of White Post, and Jenny Utley of Woodstock are now volunteering their time to teach financial management classes, provide financial education for small groups, and serve in other volunteer roles with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program.

Volunteers received 30-hours of training to enhance their own financial management knowledge and develop their abilities to present information to individuals and groups. Training topics included budgeting, credit, banking, insurance, and debt management, as well as communications skills, group facilitation, community resources, and more. In return for the training, volunteers commit to serve in the program for at least 50 hours.

Extension Agent, Karen Poff, says of the training, ”Our volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of the people they work with, strengthening personal finances through education.” The program welcomes volunteers from all walks of life, whether or not they have previous experience or education. Bi-lingual volunteers are especially needed. A summer 2019 training will be held beginning June 3, 2019 on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Stanley, VA. To receive a volunteer application and training details, contact Karen Poff at 540-635-4549 or kpoff@vt.edu, or contact her by calling your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate, please contact Karen Poff at 540-635-4549 or through your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension to discuss accommodations at least five business days prior to the event. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Top Row Volunteers From Left to Right – Ryan Henson, Cindi Sechler, Tiffany Ford, Steve Ranson; Bottom Row – Dan Hesse, Jenny Utley

Top Row Volunteers From Left to Right – Kristin Black, Terry Breeden, Elizabeth Banks, Dona Smallwood; Bottom Row – Shawn Garner, Joe Skopic

Tiffany Ford teaches youth about credit at a program at Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville.

Ryan Henson shows students how important it is to be prepared for life’s financial surprises at a progam at Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville.


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