Green Mountain United Way recently graduated 12 new financial coaches from the agency's KEEP Financial Coaching program, marking 128 graduates since the program's inception in 2017. Financial coaching is an emerging practice that helps clients learn to set and achieve their financial goals through learned behavior changes built on the trusted relationship between coach and client.
"Our spring 2022 KEEP cohort was a blast, and some great connections were made between both participants and facilitators,” said Community Impact Director Julia Davis. “I'm so happy to see this program continue to grow and be useful to people across so many agencies."
KEEP is an acronym for "knowledge, equity, empowerment, partnership," the four elements that lead to financial stability, financial success and financial freedom.
This spring’s graduates represent eight local nonprofit organizations. They are: Jena Andrews, Pathways Vermont; Sarah Couture, Burlington Housing Authority; Vermont State Housing Authority; Blaire Haggett, Green Mountain United Way; Becca Lo Presti, Green Mountain United Way; Naweza Malumba, City of South Burlington; Randi Morse, NEKCOA; Mary Muncil, Burlington Housing Authority; Amber Neddo, Vermont State Housing Authority; Telma Patterson, Vermont State Housing Authority; Hayley Shriner, United Way of Northwest; and Harry Weeds, HireAbility.