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OnTrack WNC’s July Financial Flash

22 Early Childhood Educators Earn $840 Savings Matches!
Thanks to grant support from Buncombe County, as of June 30th, we completed a one-year SECURE matched savings program for early childhood education (ECE) staff. In this program, participants receive free financial education and counseling and save $35/month for 6 months to earn $840 savings matches! A wonderful support for educators who are caring for our community’s children.
SECURE graduates reported that their feeling of financial security nearly DOUBLED as a result of the program. One graduate said, “I was experiencing emotional stress around my finances, and through the program I have developed confidence in my financial literacy and ability to save long term.” Congratulations to the 22 graduates and our amazing SECURE Coordinator, Odessa Wells-Layne! If you work in early childhood education, email Odessa Wells-Layne to see if this program is a good fit for you!
Interested in learning money skills and earning an $840 savings match, but don’t work in early childhood education? Thanks to the Community Foundation of WNC, we have another SECURE Program for you! Learn more and sign up HERE.  

Nearing the Finish Line: Help Us Win a $10,000 Grant!!
OnTrack WNC is a FINALIST for the Chamber of Commerce’s 125-year anniversary grant competition, and we only have until July 31 to get enough votes to qualify! Your vote can help us win a $10,000 grant to support our work with entrepreneurs and small business owners!!!
Remember, you can vote DAILY until July 31, and we’d love to have your support! Our clients, board and staff thank you! Click here to vote: OnTrack WNC's voting page

Retirement Celebration: Thank You!
Thanks to everyone who joined OnTrack WNC’s board and staff on July 13th at Twisted Laurel to celebrate Celeste Collins, Executive Director, who is retiring August 14th after 30 years with the agency.  Celeste said it was “a perfect gathering” with lots of time for hugs and catching up. Stay tuned this week for the announcement of our new Executive Director who will start August 1st!  

Your Input Matters: Missing Middle Renters Survey
The City of Asheville is conducting a Missing Middle Housing Survey to help them better understand renters’ barriers and preferences related to housing. If you are a renter, take this survey by Friday, August 11, to have your voice heard! By participating in this anonymous survey, you are providing information which will help Asheville prioritize the next steps in defining its housing policy to align with community goals.

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