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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 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

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

Free Financial Education Classes in Howard County

Free Financial Education Classes in Howard County

Financial Education Mini Summit Learn about the state of research in evaluating outcomes of financial education by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, who will also be rolling out their Financial Educator Exchange (FinEX). Join the discussion on ideas to create metrics on how financial education impacts financial stability in Maryland. When: September 21 (Mon) 2015;… Continue Reading

MakingChange is Currently Looking for a VITA Site Coordinator

MakingChange’s mission is to empower individuals and families to achieve financial stability. We are currently seeking interested individuals to join our team for the following position: VITA Site Coordinator Position Overview: MakingChange is seeking a site coordinator for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, an IRS supported community service. MakingChange is a non-profit organization… Continue Reading

MakingChange To Host Money Matters Fair for Entire Family

MakingChange To Host Money Matters Fair for Entire Family

MakingChange, a local nonprofit which develops and delivers financial education programs, will host the Money Matters Fair on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Fair will include free activities for the entire family and will focus on such issues as living within your means, college funding options, preparing for retirement… Continue Reading