Mission Fed Awarded $25,000 Grant to Support MAAC’s Financial Education Project

4:25 PM, Jan 26, 2022

Mission Fed Awarded $25,000 Grant to Support MAAC’s

Financial Education Project

Funds will provide financial literacy training to Latinx youth in South County

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Mission Fed Credit Union, the largest member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County, received $25,000 in grant funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s 2021 AHEAD Program. Locally, the grant was awarded to the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC) to provide financial literacy training to low-income, Latinx youth ages 18-24 in high-poverty areas of South County. The AHEAD Program enables FHLBank San Francisco members, like Mission Fed, to give a critical boost to local programs and projects that target pressing community needs.

MAAC has a legacy of developing and implementing highlight impactful programs to bridge income and wealth gaps that are disproportionately harming communities of color, sending families and individuals on a path to self-sufficiency. The $25,000 will support the Caminos - Financial Education for Upward Mobility project, enabling 150 young adults become more economically stable and build generational wealth.

“Even before the pandemic, many low-income individuals have struggled to earn enough income to cover basic needs like food and housing. When vulnerable communities are faced with these challenges, predatory lenders inundate them with credit opportunities with high interest rates, to temporarily alleviate their financial stress. This practice puts borrowers at risk and in a never-ending cycle of debt,” said Arnulfo Manriquez, MAAC’s President and CEO. “This grant will help us offer financial counseling and asset-building services to support the economic empowerment of youth in South County. It will prepare them the tools and resources to take control of their finances and plan for the future, without incurring in excessive debt. Ultimately, our goal is to advance upward mobility in our communities.”

Doug Wright, CFO at Mission Fed, underscored the importance of MAAC’s work in the community. “Mission Fed is honored to support MAAC and help build resiliency in our communities. Financial literacy is an important topic close to our hearts, and there are currently not enough ways in which our underserved populations receive this knowledge. Understanding how to manage money can help families tremendously and build healthy, economically vibrant communities.”

FHLBank San Francisco is a member-driven cooperative helping local lenders in Arizona, California, and Nevada build strong communities, create opportunity, and change lives for the better.

“Knowledge and information are among the most powerful tools for combating intergenerational poverty,” said Marietta Núñez, Senior Vice President and Community Investment Officer at FHLBank San Francisco. "We are pleased to support the partnership of Mission Fed and MAAC and the vital work of promoting financial literacy among young, low-income Latinx in San Diego."

This last year, FHLBank San Francisco awarded $1.5 million in grants to 60 projects that will boost economic development activity and promote financial stability in communities throughout Arizona, California and Nevada.

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