Getting more families on the road to gaining financial independence is the driving force behind the creation of our SparkPoint OC—one-stop financial empowerment centers to help hard-working low-income residents gain free access to personal financial coaching and resources here in Orange County.
Improving family financial stability through financial education and one-on-one financial coaching gives determined residents the tools they need to thrive and break the cycle of poverty.
SparkPoint OC helps families create step-by-step personal financial plans to tackle their specific needs – from getting out of debt, to going back to school, or learning how to budget. SparkPoint OC recognizes that change does not happen overnight, therefore, SparkPoint OC commits to working with families for up to 12 months to help them achieve their goals.
With the help of one-on-one financial coaching, attainable goal-setting plans are created in three key areas:
- Increasing income—free tax prep and tax credits, accessing public assistance, job training and placement
- Managing credit—improving credit scores, managing debt, creating sustainable household budgets for greater financial freedom
- Building assets—savings and asset planning to help families reach goals like buying a home or paying for college
Virtual Financial Literacy Workshops
SparkPoint OC invites you to join us for a FREE Money Smart workshop series covering an array of financial literacy topics! From decreasing debt, increasing savings, budgeting, college planning, family vacations, and large purchases, it’s time to bring everything into focus and become a better steward of your finances.
You will learn from Cecilia Viveros, a financial educator who will guide you to see a better financial picture and help you determine your short and long-term financial goals, as well as create a balanced plan to help you meet those goals.
Workshops are offered in both English and Spanish. A certificate of completion will be issued after completing the entire workshop series.
Please contact Cecilia Viveros at CeciliaV@UnitedWayOC.org to learn more.
SparkPoint OC Sites
SparkPoint OC has been operating in Orange County since 2012. There are currently 6 locations – 1 in a community resource center and 5 in elementary schools throughout the county:
- Abrazar, Inc. (7101 Wyoming St., Westminster, CA 92683)
Serving families throughout the county
- Jonas E. Salk Elementary in Anaheim
Serving families from 9 elementary schools in the district
- Horace Mann Elementary in Anaheim
Serving families from 4 elementary schools in the district
- Paul Revere Elementary in Anaheim
Serving families of students attending Paul Revere Elementary
- RH Dana Elementary School in Dana Point
Serving families of students attending RH Dana Elementary
- Washington Elementary in Santa Ana
Serving families of students attending Washington Elementary
SparkPoint OC helped me in so many ways. I have my finances under control, I have a better credit score, a nice savings account—and I got help getting financial aid for college. I LIVE UNITED because I want a better future for my son.
How You Can Help
Provide financial support to add more SparkPoint OC financial empowerment centers in targeted OC neighborhoods.
For more information, please contact Leslie Prado, Program Manager, Financial Wellness, United for Financial Security at 949.263.6131 or via email.