Credit for Life in need of volunteers

WESTFIELD—The city’s schools are looking for volunteers for their fourth annual Credit for Life Fair at Westfield State University.

The Credit for Life Fair is an educational one-day event that helps teach high school students monetary and life skills. The event is held at Westfield State University (WSU) on Wednesday, March 14, with volunteer training occurring Friday, March 8.

Student mill about in the Woodward Center at Westfield State University during the Greater Westfield Credit for Life Fair, March 16, 2017. (WNG file photo)

“It’s primarily for high school seniors to get an interactive experience on how to apply financial literacy information,” Tina Macy, Volunteer Coordinator for Westfield Schools, said.

The program, which will run from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on March 14, will have a similar set-up to a job fair, though the booths will represent various financial decisions a 25-year-old may have to make in their life.

Such decisions include insurance, utilities, housing and extracurricular or fun expenses.

The students are provided with a “salary” that is based on the average 25-year-old’s salary in a chosen profession. This salary, as well as other financial choices such as savings, are used to pay for the different financial obligations and decisions.

Volunteers are needed to help the students with their decision-making, and will assist in operating the 15 booths that the students will visit throughout the event.

Volunteers often at the end ask if there are any other opportunities like this,” Macy said. “It’s a really great experience. I can’t think of anyone that didn’t want to do it again.”

For more information or to volunteer, send information to Macy at [email protected] and include your name, company, telephone and email address.

Training for the program will go from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on March 8.

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