Women United addresses economic mobility for women

Women United is addressing economic mobility for women in Greater New Bedford with Financial Futures and increasing the conversation around economic mobility with an upcoming screening of the film $avvy.

Financial Futures, a 12-week comprehensive financial literacy program for women, graduated eight participants in January as the wrap up to the first cohort. Financial Futures is among the new programs launched by United Way of Greater New Bedford as part of our Economic Mobility impact area. The program is a partnership between Women United initiative and Women’s Money Matters, a Massachusetts based non-profit serving women in their journey to self-sufficiency.

Through the program, participants learned how to improve their credit scores, decrease debt, reduce their financial anxiety, and connect with other women to create a support community.

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Women United will host a minimum of three cohorts annually mixing virtual offerings and in-person. Our 2nd cohort kicked off on March 5th with 15 participants; each participant is paired up with a volunteer coach to support them on their journey. The next cohort will begin in September 2024.

We are looking for volunteers for future cohorts. Whether you are interested in presenting a specific topic during one session, or want to coach a participant for 12 weeks, you can find all the information about getting more involved by clicking here.

To further the conversation around economic mobility for women, United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Women United and the Women’s Fund SouthCoast have teamed up to bring the highly acclaimed documentary, $avvy, to New Bedford. $avvy investigates the historical, cultural and societal norms around women and money. This event is for everyone who wants to elevate and expand the conversation around economic mobility for women.

With incisive humor and captivating honesty, $AVVY questions why women often take a backseat to managing their money, and reveals why it’s increasingly critical for women to take the reins of their financial futures.

We invite you to join us on May 30th and let others know they should attend. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited; registration opens Thursday, May 2nd. 

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