Building Blocks: The road to financial independence
Want to pass on lessons you wish you had learned sooner? Are you a young adult looking to start building for financial independence and stability?
Let's talk about credit! What is credit? This session will explore the benefits and consequences of credit, how to protect and improve your credit score, and why credit matters. Don't miss this workshop!
This is the first of a two-part community workshop series, open to Springfield residents ages 16 to 96!
Anna Cruz has been with Way Finders since 2015. As a Community Engagement Coordinator, she provides leadership and assistance to residents and resident-led organizations in targeted Holyoke neighborhoods. She also coordinates the Chestnut Community Alliance, a resident-led group working to address issues of public safety and crime.
The Chestnut Community Alliance (CCA) is an active coalition of residents, joined by community providers and civic leaders, working together to make their neighborhood safe and healthy. CCA residents live in, or have ties to, the two neighborhoods surrounding the Holyoke Public Library and Library Commons, the Way Finders affordable housing development.
A more just planet and a better future for all—including communities of color, where the health of residents is often disproportionately affected by environmental hazards and climate impacts? Getting there calls for shifts in policies, systems, and practices that will have a lasting impact on climate, air quality, health, and racial equity.
Established in 2017, our small—but mighty!—cohort of five Resident Health Advocates leads the way in inspiring our community advocacy efforts.
Leading with passion, uniting with purpose
Way Finders Resident Health Advocates serve as both ambassadors of the Community Building and Engagement team and leaders of the Community Advocates and the broader community. In return for a commitment to volunteer a set number of hours (the goal is 45 hours a quarter), Resident Health Advocates receive a quarterly stipend.
What makes the difference between a “no” and a “maybe” in terms of getting residents involved in community building work? Between watching from the outside or joining the group? Between seeing a challenge as insurmountable or as something to take on with vigor? Between feeling at a loss (“What can I do?”) or feeling empowered (“Let’s do this!”)?