CA$H Maine

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A Student’s Success Story

Posted April 11, 2018

Benefiting from filing taxes University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) student Santa Havener did not know she could benefit from filing taxes. Santa knew she did not owe taxes, since her earnings came from a Work Study job on campus. However, a case manager at Augusta Housing urged her to file taxes and find out… Read more

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Take Charge of Your Finances in 2018

Posted January 23, 2018

Take a Class with New Ventures Maine! Introduction to Self-Employment Webinar 2/1 12:00-1:00 p.m. Online Introduction to Self-Employment 4/10 6:00-8:00 p.m. Messalonskee High School Budgeting Basics 5/17 6:00-8:00 p.m. Waterville Senior High School Clean Up Your Credit 5/24 6:00-8:00 p.m. Waterville Senior High School Questions? Contact Jean Dempster at [email protected] or 207-621-3434 Read more

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Financial Fitness in the New Year

Posted January 18, 2017

Improve your financial fitness in 2017 by taking a free class with New Ventures Maine: Career Planning: Wed., Feb. 1 – March 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Lithgow Library Introduction to Self-Employment: Wed., Feb. 15, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Augusta Career Center Building Confidence: Tues., Feb. 7 & Feb. 28, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Gardiner… Read more

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Thomas College Students Volunteer for Central Maine CA$H Coalition

Posted January 13, 2017

Thomas College students are volunteering at the Central Maine CA$H VITA tax clinics again this tax season. This is a win-win for Central Maine community members and for Thomas College students.  Area residents will get their taxes prepared for free by reliable volunteers. Thomas students will gain valuable training and experience as certified volunteer tax preparers. The… Read more

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Help Close the Debt Trap

Posted September 6, 2016

According to the Maine Center for Economic Policy “Payday loans notoriously carry high APRs (annual percentage rate). In Maine, the rates are as high as 217%! Strategically located in low-income neighborhoods or on the internet, payday lenders intentionally trap borrowers in debt that they cannot escape. The average payday borrower is trapped by ten transactions… Read more

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16,000 Maine Families Qualify for Matching Funds

Posted August 30, 2016

  Many parents worry about how they will pay for their children’s college tuition. In Maine, the NextGen College InvestingⓇ Plan has helped many Maine families to relieve some of this anxiety. Since 2002 the NextGen College InvestingⓇ Plan has been a way for parents & guardians to save money for their children’s education. In recent… Read more

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Free Fall Classes: Augusta, Gardiner, and Oakland

Posted August 26, 2016

Join a free class this season to build your confidence, build your savings, and build your action plan!   My Money Works will be held on Tuesday evenings at Cony High School from September 20-October 18. You can gain tools to create a budget, understand credit, make a savings plan, and set and meet financial goals.   Building Confidence will… Read more

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Study Shows Maine Ranks Close to the Nation

Posted August 25, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently released the National Financial Capability Study (NFCS) based on data collected in 2015. This study provides data that focuses on 4 components that lead towards being financially stable, including Making Ends Meet, Planning Ahead, Managing Financial Products, Financial Knowledge and Decision Making. Compared to the nation as a… Read more

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Who is Hungry in Maine?

Posted June 6, 2016

  Did you know that 16.2% of Maine’s 1.3 million citizens are experiencing food insecurity? 16.2% may not sound like a lot, but that percent represents 208,000 people. This amounts to approximately 1/6 of the state’s population that is not getting enough to eat. What is food insecurity anyway? Food insecurity is experienced by a… Read more