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Washtenaw United: Personal Finances, Financial Literacy, And "Show Me The Money Day"

Mar 2, 2020

(From L to R) UWWC's financial stability specialist Tien Holmes and Revalue CEO Angela Barbash at the WEMU studio.
Credit David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

As tax season gets closer, managing your finances can be challenging.  Because of this, the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has partnered with local investment firm Revalue for an event called "Show Me the Money Day," which will offer free financial advice to any interested resident.  UWWC financial stability specialist Tien Holmes and Revalue CEO Angela Barbash join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about personal finances, financial literacy, and the resources to plan for the future on this week's "Washtenaw United."


WEMU has partnered with the United Way of Washtenaw County to explore the people, organizations, and institutions creating opportunity and equity in our area.  And, as part of this ongoing series, you’ll also hear from the people benefiting and growing from the investments being made in the areas of our community where there are gaps in available services.  It is a community voice.  It is 'Washtenaw United.'


ABOUT THE GUESTS:

Tien Holmes

Tien Holmes
Credit United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

Tien is a Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Graduate: B.S degree in Public Relations.  She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Co-Founder of Tallahassee-based community service organization KPP (Keeping People Proud).  Tien was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, yet raised in Central Florida.  Currently, she is an AmeriCorp member with the United Way of Washtenaw County.

Angela Barbash

Angela Barbash
Credit Revalue / revalueinvesting.com

Angela Barbash is CEO of Revalue, an independent registered investment advisory firm founded in 2013, located in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Revalue is a Certified B Corporation® that provides fee-only financial planning and investment management services designed for impact to values-driven organizations and investors.  

Ms. Barbash has dedicated 14 years in service as a financial advisor in the Metro Detroit region and was named a 2018 Notable Woman in Finance in Michigan by Crain's Detroit Business.  She studied Cultural Anthropology and History at Eastern Michigan University and began her professional career at the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) before entering the financial services sector. 

Revalue is a founding member of United Way of Washtenaw County Financial Stability Coalition, and Ms. Barbash is the Board Chair of the National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3).  Additionally, Ms. Barbash is active in various economic development and entrepreneurship initiatives, including providing mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurs, apprenticing new financial advisors, and assisting youth in her community. 

She is regarded as a subject matter expert on the topics of community capital, crowdfunding, local investing, impact investing, values-aligned employee benefits packages, and community-based investor education.

RESOURCES:

Show Me the Money Day

Show Me the Money Day on Facebook

Show Me the Money Day Program

UWWC Free Tax Preparation Help

UWWC STATEMENT:

This is United Way’s 6th Annual Show Me the Money Day.  These events are hosted throughout the state of Michigan to bring free and low-cost financial products to folks that can benefit from them.  UWWC’s Financial Stability work centers around helping people move towards greater financial self-sufficiency and away from the safety-net services that are used during crisis situations.  Our ALICE Report illustrates, 39% of Washtenaw County residents struggle to afford basic needs.  As the Washtenaw County region continues to make strides toward helping its residents find paths to prosperity, this event is one way that UWWC connects folks with services that can help move them to financial stability.

For Show Me the Money Day, we’re proud to partner with so many agencies that share in this goal for our community.  Bringing workshops, resources, and our free tax preparation services together embodies our mission to connect people, resources, and organizations together to create a thriving community for everyone.

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