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January 2020 Updates

JANUARY UPDATES

Boston Builds Credit is excited to share with you all that is to come in 2020! In this month's newsletter, you can get the latest news, learn more about the amazing work our partners are doing, and find ways to connect with us. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email our Director, Allison Kroner.

MEET THE TEAM

Allison Kroner Barron is the Director of BBC. As Director, she is focused on building the partnerships and systems the BBC network needs to meet its bold goal of empowering 25,000 Bostonians reach a prime credit score (660+) by 2025. Previously, Allison served as the head of Corporate Social Responsibility for B.GOOD, a Boston-based fast-casual restaurant chain focused on making local, healthy food more accessible. In this role she managed the company’s corporate giving and community engagement programs, and also served as the Founding Executive Director of the B.GOOD Family Foundation. Prior to joining B.GOOD, Allison gained experience with philanthropy as a Fellow at the New York Community Trust as a Development and Communications Specialist at Boston Rising, a small family foundation. She also has deep experience with direct social service agencies, having run the executive office at Catholic Charities Boston.

UPCOMING TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS:

Introduction to Credit Building and Homebuyer Workshops:
These workshops are open to the public and are great for anyone interested in learning more about credit building or becoming a homeowner.
Introduction to Financial Coaching and Credit Building Tuesday 2/3 10:00 AM -11:00 AM Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment 7 Palmer St, Roxbury, MA 02119 First Time Homebuyer Tuesday 2/3 and 2/5 5:15 PM - 9:30 PM Urban Edge Board Room 1542 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119 Note: This is a two-part course. You must attend both classes for a completion certificate. Credit Counseling Boot Camp Wednesday 2/19 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Urban Edge Board Room 1542 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119

Homebuyer Readiness Wednesday 2/19 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment 7 Palmer St, Roxbury, MA 02119 There are many more workshops posted on our website. Click here to see the full list.

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Community College Credit Building Initiative (CCCBI)

BBC is excited to announce the launch of CCCBI, a partnership between BBC, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA). Understanding the necessity of access to credit building education, this Initiative brings credit building services to students at Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges. CCCBI embeds credit building within the landscape of student services via a credit building team made up of JVS and IBA service providers offering workshops and one-on-one financial coaching. The CCCBI team is officially kicking off the project with the start of the new Spring Semester at Bunker Hill Community College, and is poised to do the same at Roxbury in the upcoming months. This Initiative was made possible by a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Boston.

NEWS:

Free Tax Preparation Launches Citywide this Month

As we roll into tax season, The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be available to help low-income families prepare their taxes to maximize the earned income tax credit, free of charge. In addition, there will be access to the Financial Check-Up, a 20-minute credit counseling session where a free credit report can be pulled and reviewed. All the sites (and more information about the program) can be found on BTHC's website. Be sure to check out their website to find a VITA site that provides the Financial Check-Up!

Partner Forum Kicks Off New Governance Structure

On January 9th, 2020 BBC held our first partner forum of the year! Over 50 people representing organizations from across sectors were in the room, from community partners to financial institutions, to credit bureaus. The BBC team was excited to share our new governance structure with the network and discuss how that structure will inform the direction of BBC in the new year. BBC's new governance structure is designed to share power in shaping and driving the initiative with our partners and Boston residents. An expanded Board will be responsible for setting and overseeing the strategic vision of the initiative as well as monitoring progress made. The initiative's annual goals will be set and developed by various committees made up of cross-sector partners and Boston residents. Committees will form around key strategic areas, and the current committees include Service Delivery, Systems Change, Safe Products, and Strategic Learning. If you are interested in joining one of these committees or in establishing a new one to cover a topic you feel is critical, please fill out the survey below from our partner forum earlier this month. Last but not least, BBC staff will oversee, coordinate, and provide logistical support to the network. They will also manage communications, community engagement and strategic learning for the network. If you have any questions about this new governance system, please feel free to reach out to our Director, Allison. As the forum progressed, we broke into groups to discuss two strategic focus areas for BBC in 2020: systems change and community engagement. Collectively, we identified a need for a shift in how our communities understand, access, and address their finances and credit. We explored strategies like a change in the public school curriculum - a systems change- or engaging and developing relationships with established community hubs - a commitment to intentional community engagement. We are thrilled about the collaboration underway and the community that is being built, and welcome you to join, too! If you would like more information on getting involved, connect with us here.

BUILD WITH US:

  • Interested in building your credit score, or know someone who is? Click here to start today.

  • Are you a nonprofit looking to build capacity in your financial empowerment programs or provide referrals? Click here to partner with us.

  • Are you a donor searching for innovative solutions to fund? Click here to donate to Boston Builds Credit.

  • Are you an employer wanting to help your employees develop their credit? Click here to learn more about providing credit as a workplace benefit.

  • We love promoting our partners' services, upcoming events, and success stories. Email Allison if you would like to be featured on our website or have your successes and services highlighted in our newsletter!

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