As we keep our focus on putting Delawareans to work and improving our state’s future, we’re working to provide tools that can enable individuals to improve financial responsibility and save up for college, to buy a new home or achieve other financial goals.
I’m particularly excited about a new effort called $tand By Me DE—the Delaware Financial Empowerment partnership. This brings together state employees, the United Way, major banks, non-profits—dozens of groups who are volunteering their time, resources and talents to make a real difference in our community.
(Interested in joining with us to volunteer?)
Here are some of the services offered through $tand By MeTM available to all Delawareans:
- One-on-one coaching, sticking with you as you work towards goals
- Help with creating a budget and understanding credit
- Advice for college and financial aid applications
- Access to consumer loans and savings accounts
- Referrals for additional resources if needed
We’ve been hearing some tremendously positive feedback about $tand By MeTM.
One participant told us: “This is exactly what I need—a place that does not tell me what I have to do, but lets me tell the coach what I want to work on and what I think I need to do first. It’s great to have someone to listen to my concerns and help me sort out what I can do next.”
At the $tand By MeTM website, you can set up a meeting with a coach, find a wide assortment of resources designed to help manage your finances, or volunteer to help grow the program. Initially, sessions will be held at the first $tand By MeTM Financial Empowerment Center in the Hudson State Service Center in Newark, with these efforts later spreading to public agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations around the state—free help will not be far away.
Financial literacy and responsibility are keys to economic growth and personal stability, and we hope you’ll take advantage of the resources that $tand By MeTM has to offer.
Visit standbyme.org to learn how they help you or sign up to volunteer!