On Saturday, January 5, volunteers from Bank of America generously donated their time to support a financial education workshop at the IRC in Atlanta office. 14 volunteers supported the IRC’s Economic Empowerment team to host a Smart Shopping workshop, where refugee clients received one-on-one support to explore cost effective shopping strategies.
During the workshop, attendees learned about the best ways to save money when purchasing groceries, shopping for clothes and paying for utilities. One client, Ayantu, said, “I really enjoyed the Smart Shopping workshop. It taught me how to handle my money when I go to the grocery store in ways that I didn’t know before”. Ayantu has attended several financial education workshops at the IRC in Atlanta and particularly enjoyed the Banking 1 workshop where she learned about opening checking and savings accounts.
The IRC in Atlanta's team of employment specialists—supported by volunteers, interns and community partners—provides financial coaching, vocational counselling, job search and placement services, and workplace orientation and training, to ensure clients are able to meet their financial needs and contribute to their new communities. We are grateful for the support of these generous Bank of America volunteers and look forward to hosting more financial education workshops together in the future.
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.