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Richard Shepherd Joins MakingChange Board

Richard H. Shepherd, Jr., has been elected to the MakingChange Board of Directors. Shepherd is President of Sales & Business Strategies, a Columbia business which provides consulting services to chief executives and senior management of small to medium sized corporations. Shepherd previously was the President/Owner of Columbia Pontiac-Buick-GMC, Co-Founder and Vice President of Government Operations… Continue Reading

Free Preparation of Tax Returns Starts

MakingChange, a Howard County non-profit organization that develops and delivers financial education programs, is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at The Multiservice Center in North Laurel Jan. 28-April 15. The Howard County site, like other VITA sites across the country, offers free tax return preparation and filing to most taxpayers who earned… Continue Reading

MakingChange Presents Free Financial Planning Workshops at Branch Libraries

The Howard County Library in partnership with MakingChange, a local nonprofit organization that is changing lives by empowering individuals and families to achieve financial stability, is holding free financial planning workshops at branch libraries in January and February. The workshops will be presented by Roy Yenoli, Program Coordinator of Financial Education for MakingChange. The sessions… Continue Reading

MakingChange Director Featured on TV

MakingChange Executive Director Mike Couch was featured on the “Your Future, Your Finances” cable TV show, hosted by Brian Kuhn. Couch is a former financial planner with Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors. MakingChange is a local nonprofit that empowers individuals and families to achieve financial stability through programs and services Here are “Your Future, Your Finances” videos… Continue Reading

MakingChange Honored at Getting Ahead Gala

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and the Department of Citizen Services recently honored graduates and supporters at the 1st annual Getting Ahead Awards Gala, and MakingChange was one of the honorees. MakingChange is a local nonprofit that empowers individuals and families to achieve financial stability through programs and services Getting Ahead is an initiative of… Continue Reading

Successful Tax Season for MakingChange

MakingChange had a very successful tax season. Making Change’s 24 volunteers prepared 453 tax returns, up from 345 last year, and garnered refunds of more than $600,000 for their clients who received the service free of charge. Nearly 80 percent of the clients who electronically filed their 2015 return received a net refund. The tax… Continue Reading

Money Matters Fair Attracts Parents and Kids

MakingChange attracted middle school students and their parents to the annual Money Matters Fair. Workshops to assist families with their spending plans, preparing for college costs and achieving long term financial goals were offered. Financial resources were provided by 24 exhibitors. Students participated in the Y-Fi Personal Financial Challenge to learn how career, education and… Continue Reading

More Room, More Hours

MakingChange has improved quarters for meeting clients.  The Howard County MultiService Center in North Laurel has reopened after an eight-week renovation and expansion, and MakingChange is one of the 13 agencies that has benefited.  Among other services, MakingChange provides financial coaching, free tax preparation and financial seminars at the MultiService Center which also serves as… Continue Reading

Free Tax Preparation Underway

Free Tax Preparation Underway

MakingChange is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at the MultiService Center under the leadership of Michelle Moore, VITA site coordinator. The Howard County site, like other VITA sites across the country, offers free tax assistance preparation and filing to most taxpayers who earned up to $54,000 in 2015.  The taxpayer’s eligibility for… Continue Reading

Money Matters Fair Expands

Money Matters Fair Expands

The Money Matters Fair presented by MakingChange has expanded its offerings for the entire family.  Set for Sunday, April 24, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,  at Wilde Lake High School, the free financial education activities include workshops, one-on-one sessions with professionals, and exhibitors.  There will be entertainment and food for sale by the Wilde Lake High… Continue Reading