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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

2014 – 2015 Highlights

2014 – 2015 Highlights

• In the past year, MakingChange made significant strides in advancing its mission of empowering individuals and families to achieve financial stability. It greatly increased the number of people being served and saw tangible results of its work. It strengthened its partnerships through collaborative efforts to encourage greater self-sufficiency of people who find themselves in… Continue Reading

Grateful For Our Friends

Grateful For Our Friends

MakingChange hosted its Autumn Appreciation Social last month.  The annual event is designed to thank donors, volunteers, partners and other friends. Over 50 attendees listened to remarks by Executive Director Mike Couch, County Executive Allan Kittleman, Board Chair Tom Burtzlaff and Schnell Garrett, Acting Director of Student Life at Howard Community College. Couch’s remarks included… 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 Looking for an Administrative Assistant

MakingChange’s mission is to develop and deliver financial education programs that empower individuals to achieve their own financial success stories through educational programs that encourage lasting behavioral change. We are currently seeking interested individuals to join our team for the following position: Administrative Support Position Overview: This position is responsible for supporting the Executive Director… Continue Reading