HandsOn Broward Selected to Host AmeriCorps Members as Part of Financial Opportunity Corps in Broward

Innovative program with Points of Light, Bank of America and AmeriCorps VISTA
will train “financial coaches” to help area families improve financial health

[LAUDERHILL, June 11, 2013] — HandsOn Broward has been selected as one of 10 sites across the country to host an innovative financial coaching program developed by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, in partnership with Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

The Financial Opportunity Corps will utilize trained AmeriCorps VISTA members to work Americorps VISTA logowith organizations like the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and the Broward VITA Collaborative to provide financial coaching to low- and moderate-income families in the communities they serve. Financial Opportunity Corps members will train community-based volunteers – including employees at local Bank of America branches – to be “financial coaches.” Through one-on-one or small group coaching sessions, Financial Opportunity Corps volunteers will help community members develop strategies to reduce debt, improve credit, start saving for emergencies, access benefits and build assets for long-term financial health.

“The power and potential of the Financial Opportunity Corps stems from our community-driven approach and volunteer-led outreach,” said Delores Morton, President of Programs at Points of Light. “Organizations like HandsOn Broward know the needs of their communities better than anyone, and the Financial Opportunity Corps will provide them with the financial training and volunteer resources to help meet those needs.”

“Financial wellness is core to our company’s purpose,” said Kerry Sullivan, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “Through this partnership with Points of Light, we are supporting financial education efforts that can be scaled and sustained at the local level, leveraging the service of AmeriCorps VISTA members and our own employees to create positive change. That means customized solutions that put low and moderate income people – and their communities – on the pathway to long-term economic success.”

“At HandsOn Broward, prosperity is the core of our mission,” said Kathy Wint, Director of Economic Development at HandsOn Broward.  “”This opportunity will not only enhance our financial education and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs, but it will help sustain them at a time when our community needs it most.

HandsOn Broward’s Financial Opportunity Corps members will begin their term in August.  To learn more about HandsOn Broward’s AmeriCorps and internship opportunities, visit http://www.HandsOnBroward.org

About Points of Light: Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We put people at the center of change. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

About Bank of America: Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. We serve approximately 52 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,400 retail banking offices and approximately 16,300 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

About AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. With passion, commitment, and hard work, AmeriCorps VISTA members create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.



Nonprofit Collects Toys for Local Children

Donations poured in from community members and volunteers.

Donations poured in from community members and volunteers.

Children at a preschool in North Lauderdale received a very special delivery from some caring elves on Monday morning, when the staff from two local nonprofits dropped in with gifts collected from Broward residents during a holiday toy drive.

Early this month, the nonprofit organization HandsOn Broward set out to collect toys for the children at Tiny Town Academy, a North Lauderdale early childhood learning center.  With help from local volunteers and several staff members at the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, the organization collected 200 toys in just over a week – enough for each child in Tiny Town’s preschool and after-care programs and then some.

“Our volunteers and supporters have come out from all corners of the community to donate to the toy drive,” said Dale Hirsch, CEO of HandsOn Broward. “Their spirit of giving has been tremendous.  It’s what the holiday season is all about.”

CSC staff members wrapped the gifts for local children.

CSC staff members wrapped the gifts for local children.

Just days into the collection, drop-off boxes at the nonprofit’s office in Lauderhill were overflowing with remote-controlled cars, dolls, games and other gifts.  Once collected, volunteers from the Children’s Services Council staff wrapped and bagged the gifts before delivering them in person this past Monday.

“It’s great to know that our efforts will give the children of Tiny Town an extra reason to celebrate the Holidays,” said Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO of the Children’s Services Council. “Every year CSC staff choose a project and contribute their own resources knowing that there is no greater gift than the knowledge that their effort will bring a smile to a child in need,” she added.

HandsOn Broward and CSC delivered the gifts to Tiny Town.

HandsOn Broward and CSC delivered the gifts to Tiny Town.

Both HandsOn Broward and the Children’s Services Council of Broward County provide resources for local children and families year round.  Individuals interested in learning how to become more involved in volunteering or supporting families in need are encouraged to contact HandsOn Broward at contactus@handsonbroward.org.

About HandsOn Broward:  HandsOn Broward inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action to positively affect change in Broward County. To learn more about HandsOn Broward’s upcoming service opportunities or to schedule a volunteer orientation at your organization or place of business, please call 954.233.1300 or visit us online at www.HandsOnBroward.org

About Children’s Services Council of Broward CountyAbout Children’s Services Council of Broward County:  The Children’s Services Council of Broward is an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.