February 28, 2017 – Springfield, MA — United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) along with key partners will hold the grand opening of the Thrive Financial Success Center in Westfield on Tuesday, March 14 at 11:00am at Episcopal Church, 36 Court Street in Westfield. Senator Don Humason, State Representative, John Velis, Westfield Mayor, Brian Sullivan, as well as representatives from program funders including Westfield Bank and the Davis Foundation will attend the grand opening.
The center, to be housed at Episcopal Church is the fourth of its kind in Western Mass.
“After the success of the Thrive Financial Success Centers at Holyoke Community College and in downtown Holyoke, we are thrilled to open a third Thrive Center at Springfield Technical Community College,” Dora D. Robinson, President and CEO, United Way of Pioneer Valley said. “At the United Way of Pioneer Valley, we believe basic financial literacy should be a key aspect of everyone’s education. No career goal or life’s ambition should be hindered because a person doesn’t know how to balance their checkbook or maintain a good credit rating.”
Thrive@ STCC anticipates it will serve 400 individuals in its first year of operation. Program offerings include confidential benefits screening and enrollment; money skills class; individual financial coaching sessions; free income tax prep through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program; links to workforce development and training workshops; and MassMutual’s LifeBridge program, a free life insurance program.
Thrive Centers currently operate in partnership with the United Way at Holyoke Community College and at the Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center in downtown Holyoke.
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United Way of Pioneer Valley fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community by finding new solutions to old problems, mobilizing the best resources and inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crises.