United Way helping families whip their finances into shape

Thursday, February 18, 2016

DETROIT, MI — A low credit score and lack of emergency funds can put a family’s financial stability in jeopardy. United Way for Southeastern Michigan, an organization committed to increasing economic opportunity for families, recently launched its Financially Fit campaign offering free financial stability tools to help families get their finances on track. Tools include budget coaching, credit score counseling and workforce development. And just in time for tax season, those earning less than $62,000 a year can take advantage of free tax preparation services.

Guided by a belief that stable families are critical to the health and well-being of any community, the Financially Fit campaign harnesses resources and coordinates access to them in local neighborhoods. Working in conjunction with the Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families and Community Financial Centers, families and individuals are able to get the tools they need to improve their financial situation, gain financial literacy and become self-reliant.

“None of us are born with financial literacy, it is something that is learned,” says Anita Martinez, director of community impact, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “Our Financially Fit campaign is designed to meet people where they are. We assess the entirety of a person’s financial life to give them the tools they need to help reach or even surpass their financial goals.”

The Financially Fit campaign also engages the community via popular social networking sites including Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram with information on credit reports, banking, budgeting and more.

The community is invited to learn more about United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Financially Fit campaign by visiting liveunitedsem.org/financiallyfit or dialing the United Way for Southeastern Michigan 24/7 resources helpline at 2-1-1.

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About United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan mobilizes the caring power of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways throughout the region. The organization is led by a diverse group of volunteers from business, labor, government, human services, education and the community. United Way provides opportunities to invest in the metropolitan Detroit community through its annual Campaign, and is a leader in convening partners to help us achieve positive outcomes in our three impact areas around Education, Financial Stability and Basic Needs. For more information visit www.liveunitedsem.org.