- How long do workshops generally last?
1 ½ – 2 hours depending on how many questions people might have.
- What kind of credentials do you look for in a volunteer?
We have a range of volunteer opportunities available. All volunteers must have a basic knowledge of financial wellness. As long as they are confident and have a skill in managing their own finances, volunteers can come from a diverse range of career backgrounds. Volunteers must also be caring, patient and love working with people. Workshop volunteers must have strong presentation skills. Dependability is essential.
- Do volunteers receive any special training and materials?
Yes, workshop volunteers are required to take a 1 ½ hour training and orientation session at our CAHS office in Hartford (sometimes an alternate location may be arranged). Curriculum for the courses is available for download on this site once you have gone through training and receive a special password unique to you.
Financial coaches are required to complete two 3 hour training sessions prior to being matched.
- What is the difference between a workshop volunteer and a financial coach?
A workshop volunteer facilitates one time workshops to a group of people at a specific location. A financial coach works one on one with an individual to help them achieve a specified goal, and usually will be in contact with that person once per week for a commitment of approximately six months.
- Where are your workshops held?
They are held throughout Connecticut in easily accessible locations such as libraries, community centers or local community colleges. They are also held at various non-profit organizations specifically for their clientele. Our primary workshop locations are in Greater Hartford, Greater New Haven, Greater Waterbury, Bridgeport-Norwalk-Stamford, and Greater New London.
- Who can benefit from taking your workshops?
Anyone who would like a better understanding of how to manage their finances including adults, families, youth and seniors.
- What topics are offered in your workshops?
Core topics include budgeting, banking, savings, credit, financial recovery, debt management, paying for college, saving for retirement, identity theft and fraud, and financial goal-setting. More workshop topics may be added during the year.
- How does someone sign up to take a workshop?
You can pre-register for a workshop HERE. There you will see the schedule of workshops and who to contact for pre-registration.
- Can I have a workshop scheduled where I work (or at my church, school or organization)?
Absolutely! Complete the Partner Request Form or Contact Barbara Steadman at (860) 951-2212, ext. 244 for more information on how to become one of our workshop partners.
- Is there a minimum number of people required to hold a workshop?
Yes, we require a minimum pre-registration of 10 people. We may make exceptions to this rule in certain cases such as when the workshop is scheduled for a smaller group of less than 10 that meet regularly for another purpose.
- What is the cancellation policy?
Workshop partners and volunteers are both asked to give us at least 24 hours notice when needing to cancel a workshop except in cases of emergency. Likewise CAHS will adhere to the 24-hour policy except in an emergency.
- What services are offered by the CT Money School?
Learn about our services HERE.