Volunteers complete 30 hours of training
Seven people recently completed the master financial education volunteer training program offered through the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Front Royal. They are Rebecca Boies, of Strasburg; Bobby Bush, of Harrisonburg; Deborah Dassler, of Toms Brook; Mary Ann Gentry, of Woodstock; Brenda Johnson, of Luray; Jim Whipkey, of Winchester; and Julie Zilke, of Winchester. They now volunteer their time teaching financial management classes and provide individual and family financial mentoring in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Volunteers receive 30 hours of training to enhance their own financial management knowledge and develop their abilities to present information to individuals and groups. Training topics included budgeting, credit, banking, insurance and debt management as well as communications skills, group facilitation and community resources. In return for the training, volunteers commit to serve in the program for at least 50 hours during the year.
Future trainings will be offered starting Jan. 28 in Middletown and Feb. 10 in New Market. More information is available by contacting extension agent Karen Poff at 540-635-4549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.