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: Larry Rollins
1. Why did you choose CAHS to volunteer?
As a Financial Advisor, I was looking to conduct seminars at Libraries and Senior Centers and found out about CAHS workshops. Once I sat in on a workshop, I became aware of CAHS and the programs offered. As my parents divorced when I was four, I stumbled into becoming a Financial Advisor and realize how important being educated on money matters is. I felt I could provide teaching and training that I didn’t receive except through my profession.
2. What has been your favorite thing about volunteering with CAHS?
Being able to educate those who are in the most need and assisting people in getting a plan together to get their life back on track.
3. What impact do you feel you have made through volunteering?
I feel we are planting seeds of knowledge in how those who feel helpless or overwhelmed can begin to take action. To become educated, knowledgeable and begin executing on an action plan to better themselves. My hope is that those who attend workshops and presentations will be advocates to spread the word so others can benefit.
4. What is your favorite part about the CAHS volunteer community?
I love meeting others who have the desire to volunteer to help others. Often we live in our own world and don’t get an opportunity to meet others from such diverse backgrounds, experiences and lives. Volunteering for CAHS makes me feel good as I know I’m helping others, giving back but also because I learn from other volunteers and those who attending the workshops. The best way to be Blessed is to be a Blessing to others.
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.