Financial Economic Success (FES) Framework
The mission of CAHS is to end poverty and engage, equip and empower all families in Connecticut to build a secure future. From our policy team to our financial capability workshops, everything we achieve through FES programming is only possible due to the contributions of our volunteers. Join the ranks of those making a difference in thousands of lives every year.
Volunteer Testimony: Julian Freund
1. Why did you choose CAHS?
I appreciate that the Money School is built around empowering participants with knowledge and tools to achieve their own personal financial success. I’ve always enjoyed facilitating and coaching groups, and this was an opportunity to combine that with my interest in personal finance.
2. What has been your favorite thing about volunteering with CAHS?
The workshop participants. The groups have been super engaged in the discussions and make the workshop experience fun. Seeing participants get charged up to use their new knowledge is especially satisfying.
3. What impact do you feel you have made on others?
My hope is that workshop participants come away with a greater degree of confidence that they can take control of their financial future and feel motivated to pursue their financial goals. The workshop curriculum and materials are full of tools and techniques that anyone can use to set attainable goals and chart a course to reach them. I see my role as introducing participants to those tools and helping to demystify some aspects of personal finance.
What We Do:
CT Money School
CAHS sets up workshops with partner organizations in easy accessible locations such as high schools, local offices, libraries, colleges and community centers all across the state. Volunteers are trained by CAHS staff to facilitate these group workshop sessions on a host of topics ranging from the basics like goal setting and budgeting, up to more advanced topics like insurance and home-buying. For more information head over to the CT Money School web page!
CMS Financial Coaches foster the process of behavior modification by providing participants support in the development of concrete action plans and accountability toward meeting their self identified goals. One-on-one financial coaching is a three month engagement however, participants may continue if they choose. Click here to visit the Financial Coaching page!
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
In partnership with the IRS and local community coalitions, CAHS coordinates an annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Campaign across Fairfield, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, and Litchfield Counties. Volunteers are always needed to staff the more than 60 sites CAHS runs across the aforementioned counties. More information on the VITA Program and how you can help can be found here!
Policy & Advocacy
CAHS supports policies that move families from poverty to prosperity. By investing in basic needs, early care and education, financial education, asset building, work supports, job skills and training, universal health care, and equitable tax policy, Connecticut can build a vibrant workforce, a thriving economy, and strong families. Our policy agenda can be found on the Policy page!
Pamela Cummings - M.L. Keefe Community Center:
Norwalk Housing Authority is grateful for the wealth of financial expertise and services provided to our families through the Connecticut Money School and VITA. For over 6 years, we have relied on CAHS to provide financial education programs to help our families increase savings, understand credit and reduce debt. The volunteer instructors for the workshops are excellent, and they do a great job presenting the materials and engaging the residents. In addition, our residents rely heavily on the VITA program and services during tax season and truly appreciate the time and commitment of the VITA volunteers, helping them to maximize any tax refunds available to them.