Eight out of 10 people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, according to an AARP survey. However, that becomes challenging for people who have difficultly writing checks and managing finances.

AARP has joined forces with Senior Connection’s award-winning Volunteer Money Management Program to help make a difference. Trained volunteers provide monthly one-on-one check writing and bill paying services in the client’s home. Clients live in the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Charles City, New Kent, Goochland and Powhatan. Thanks to Money Management volunteers, these individuals are protected from exploitation and able to live independently with peace of mind that their bills are paid on time.

One client, a 93 year old Richmond resident, has received support from the Volunteer Money Management Program for more than nine years. This independent woman lives alone without family support. She is unable to sign her name. Her Money Management volunteer helps keep her bills paid and her finances straight while respecting her dignity and autonomy. Last year Money Management worked with the Better Business Bureau to unravel an elder fraud case targeting the client. Money Management has been a lifeline to staying in her own home.

In 2012, the Volunteer Money Management Program received the Governor’s 2012 Outstanding Community Organization Award  In 2011, the program received the Commonwealth Council on Aging’s Best Practices 2nd Place Award.

If you have an interest in helping others with their finances, the Volunteer Money Management Program could be a great fit for you! Volunteers receive training and complete a background check prior to assignment. Your volunteering can be tailored to fit with your schedule.

To learn more about the Volunteer Money Management Program services and volunteering, go to www.seniorconnections-va.org, by calling (804) 343-3055 or by emailing the Program Manager atjadams@youraaa.org.

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