TAVARES — The Lake County Extension is seeking volunteer for a new program entitled, “Master Money Mentor (MMM) Program”. The goal of the program is to train volunteer mentors to assist residents by providing free help with their household finances.
Volunteers who participate in the mentoring program will receive 20 hours of training, and will need to provide 25 hours of assistance to local residents. All volunteers will be required to complete the entire training program, and pass a background check before becoming certified as a Master Money Mentor.
Training dates are scheduled for April 11, 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake County Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. The cost to participate as a Master Money Mentor is $50 per person, which includes training materials and lunches. Registration is required by April 6.
Funding to help off-set the cost of the program is being provided through University of Florida/IFAS Extension and a Bank of America foundation grant.
Social and faith-based service professionals, retirees and local community members are encouraged to participate. While every family’s financial picture will be different, Money Mentors can help in three important areas: assisting families as they make spending and savings plans, helping them analyze their credit behavior and limit debt, and pushing families to be proactive with lenders when problems arise.
For more information about the program, or to sign up to become a Money Mentor volunteer contact Julie England at (352) 343-4101 x2721, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.