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Michael Kyung Lee Selected to Head MakingChange

MakingChange, a nonprofit in Howard County which empowers individuals and families to achieve financial stability, has selected Michael Kyung Lee to serve as Executive Director of the organization. Lee replaces former Executive Director Mike Couch, who moved out of state. Lee has over 20 years of senior management experience in non-profit and private sectors. He… Continue Reading

Non-profit Center Opens

MakingChange is joining other organizations at the long awaited Howard County Nonprofit Center, which will include offices for the Howard County Housing Commission, HopeWorks, Association of Community Services of Howard County, Bridges to Housing Stability, Camp Attaway, Compass, Inc., Heritage Housing Partners, Howard County Autism Society, READY, Howard County EcoWorks, United Way of Central Maryland… Continue Reading

Fundraiser Rocks Merriweather

Over 100 supporters joined MakingChange staff and board members for the “Party Like a Rock Star: Beer Tasting & Backstage Tour” at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The benefit featured tours of the pavilion’s newly renovated backstage, suites for performers and a swimming pool for them and their families, as well as the community room and deck… Continue Reading

MakingChange Wins Financial Ed Award

MakingChange is the winner of the Outstanding Organization Award presented by the Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign, Maryland Council of Economic Education and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The Financial Education and Capability Awards are intended to highlight the dedication and success of public school teachers, community champions and outstanding… Continue Reading

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