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Community Outreach

Financial Education is Key!

Financial Education is a critical factor in the communities Meriwest serves. It is a basic life skill and is part of several non-profit organizations' missions. If families had a better grasp of finance, perhaps there would be fewer families facing life with no savings, high credit card debt or home foreclosure.

We support a number of our local non-profit agencies' clientele through our Financial Education for All program.

Learn more about our informative, organized, structured and formal financial education programs that Meriwest Credit Union presents to the community.

Learn more about our informative, organized, structured and formal financial education programs that Meriwest Credit Union presents to the community.

Program Highlights

  • InnVision - We are currently running a financial education program with InnVision. The program focuses on women in the Self Sufficiency Program. Financial Education is an important part of the overall Self Sufficiency curriculum. Meriwest employees volunteer to teach basic checking account and credit knowledge to the new residents the first week of each month.
  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence - “Self Sufficiency Program”.  The program offers victims of domestic violence weekly support groups; topic-specific workshops; a computer lab; an embedded advocate at the CalWORKs office, and individual case management that help them gain the tools and skills necessary for financial freedom and self-sufficiency.
  • Catholic Charities - Catholic Charities helps people pull themselves up out of poverty by providing the tools they need to become self-sufficient. Meriwest Credit Union provides monthly financial education classes to the clients of Catholic Charities. Our Classes help low-income individuals and families, including newly arrived immigrants and refugees. We are the managing entity for the Youth Individual Development Account program.
  • Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center- (formerly CCOC) - MetroED is the largest career-oriented educational organization in Santa Clara County, comprised of high school and adult career technical, academic and community programs. MetroED annually provides more than 30,000 diverse students with the skills to help them be productive, income-earning and tax-paying contributors to Silicon Valley. Meriwest Credit Union staff members provide ongoing financial education workshops to their students.
  • Housing Endowment and Regional Trust for San Mateo County (HEART of San Mateo) - This organization assists very low, low and moderate income residents with rental and housing assistance, housing, community and economic development financing, and technical assistance in partnership with non-profit organizations, public agencies and the private sector to improve the qualify of life in the community.
  • Peninsula Family Services - Cars are an important part of our personal economic development. A car can get us to work on time and will get our kids to school and appointments without relying on public transportation. Meriwest Credit Union staff serves on Peninsula Family Services’ underwriting committee for their “Ways to Work” auto loan program for low income families. Through this program, qualified low and moderate income working families can get access to a low interest car loan on a vehicle. Meriwest Credit Union volunteers provide the financial workshops for the program. In this program, families learn to manage money, credit, prevent identity theft and create retirement plans.
  • San Mateo Department of Housing - Family Self-Sufficiency Program - Meriwest Credit Union volunteers provide the financial workshops for the program. In this program, families learn to manage money, credit, prevent identity theft and create retirement plans.
  • Housing Authority of the County of Alameda - They operate a number of programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provide rental housing or rental assistance for low-income families, the elderly, people with disabilities, and others, in much of Alameda County. Meriwest Credit Union provides clients of the housing authority financial education classes in credit, budgeting, and other consumer related financial issues.
  • Job Corps - Meriwest volunteers attend the Business Careers Class and present a variety of subjects including Credit, Predatory Lending, Basic Checking and Savings, and a variety of other financial topics. The students in this program are young adults between the ages of 17 and 25 who are developing their careers and learning various trades at the Job Corps Center. Meriwest also serves on Job Corps Advisory Board with the Central County Occupation Center.
  • Salvation Army - Meriwest Credit Union staff volunteer quarterly at the 4th Street location to teach Salvation Army residents how to manage their budgets, banking and how to address their credit issues.
  • Year Up- Year Up’s mission is to provide urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Meriwest Credit Union provides students financial education classes i
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