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Community Resources

Financial Literacy Council - The Financial Literacy Council of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is a group of government, corporate and nonprofit organizations who have come together to promote education in savings, investment and money management with a goal toward building wealth not debt

California Saves - California Saves encourages all Californians, just like you to take charge of your personal finances and every dollar you earn.  By enrolling in California Saves, you can start investing in your future.  Owning your own home, saving for a college education or building a retirement are all possibilities that can become realities.  Californians think of the big picture and get the most out of their money.  So what are you waiting for?  Enroll in California Saves and start reaching your financial goals.

Bank on San Jose - Bank on San Jose works to assist San Jose’s “unbanked” households open checking and personal savings accounts, build a credit history, gain access to lower-cost sources of credit, and invest for their future.  This collaborative initiative brings the unbanked population into the financial mainstream by  opening specially designed starter bank accounts while also stressing the importance of and providing opportunities for financial education. 

Ventura County Real Estate & Fraud Advisory Team - REFAT’s mission is to prevent, detect and report real estate fraud. We strive to accomplish this through educating two groups; real estate professionals and the general public. Our industry outreach to agents, lenders, escrow companies, title companies, etc. is essential as these professionals directly participate in most real estate transactions and are the “front line of defense” since they are in an ideal position to detect warning signs and take action to prevent fraud.

2-1-1 - is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects people to essential community information and referral services. The goal of 2-1-1 California is to connect all Californians with the services, information, resources and volunteer opportunities in their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  When a person calls 2-1-1, specially trained “real people” answer the call and determine what services, information or resources are needed to help the caller. 

Volunteer Tax Assistance - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers provide FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance to low-Income, elderly, disabled and limited English speaking people. 

Jump Start - Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making. 

Jobs and Training - The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. These services, provided through the One-Stop Career Center system, benefit job seekers, laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, people with disabilities, and employers.