This is one of the most effective and rewarding nonprofit organizations that I've ever had the pleasure of supporting. In addition to volunteering as an instructor, I have the honor of serving on the education committee for the second year in a row. As both a former educator and corporate trainer, I readily recognize and appreciate the value that their services provide to this community on an ongoing basis.
If you're looking for an organization to volunteer for, the Women's Resource Center is it. Changes to our global economy start with the individual, but if you don't have the tools to put a plan in motion you're lost before you've begun. WRC is doing this. They are equipping women to manage their resources wisely. As a volunteer I've heard so many poignant stories about the financial struggles that these women face on a day to day basis. I am humbled by and forever changed by this experience. Knowledge is power and we are giving our students power. A worthy cause indeed!
I started volunteering with this organization in October of 2011. I was looking for an organization that offered financial education classes to promote financial literacy - particularly with women. Danielle, Kelly and LaTanya are phenomenal. They are organized and highly responsive to the communities they serve. These women are passionate about the mission of this organization and tireless in their efforts to promote financial literacy and improve the lives of the women in our community.
The Women's Resource of Greater Houston (TWR) is an awesome organization, with a world changing mission. I have been a volunteer for this organization for at least three years now and my life has never been the same. TWR is dedicated to empowering women and young girls by teaching them how to properly utilize their finances. (Some classes include men as well.) My experience has been that teaching these students gives them the tools to change from existing to LIVING because they learn to control their finances and not vice versa. TWR makes it so easy to volunteer because they provide a schedule of classes that you can choose from based on your availability, and they provide all the materials. TWR has helped me to grow personally and has a provided a platform whereby I am able to fulfill my passion for teaching and give back to the community. If you want to make a difference in the quality of life for people, TWR is the organization to join.
The Women's Resource Center provides financial education to about 4,500 women per year. They also have programs to help teenagers and at-risk girls. They have an impressive volunteer base, a highly professional and dedicated (but small) staff, and they always make their volunteers feel appreciated. They spend their money wisely and are a community model on how a non-profit should be run.
The Women’s Resource is a phenomenal organization! They truly are making an impact on so many individuals’ lives in the Houston area.
In 2010, my company partner with TWR to conduct the first Future Leader’s Forum for Young Women. This was a one day leadership conference, held at a local college, which empowered girls in grades 9th-12th. We had 100 girls participate in the event from all over Houston and the surrounding areas. We assigned seats at the tables with students from different schools in order to promote and encourage networking. Our keynote speaker was Josh Shipp, also known as the “Dr. Phil for teens”. In addition, we conducted a speed networking session and played Financial Jeopardy. The feedback from the students was amazing! I get emails almost daily asking when the next event is going to be scheduled.
The staff at The Women’s Resource is passionate about their role. They care about the clients they serve and in effect make a difference in our communities.
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As a financial advisor, I know the importance of financial literacy. However, not everyone has the luxury of having a financial advisor. Sometimes those who need help the most, can't access it. That's why I'm so passionate about being a volunteer and board member of The Women's Resource of Greater Houston. The Women's Resource teaches free personal finance classes to women, children (and sometimes even men) in the greater Houston area. As a volunteer, I teach classes on basic financial tools that everyone needs to succeed in life!
I have volunteered at The Women's Resource of Greater Houston since the summer of 2010. I can honestly say that I am extremely proud to work for such a wonderful organization. During my time as a volunteer, I have witnessed the full scope of the incredible services that the Women's Resource provides to the community. As the social media intern, I help publicize different events and classes that are taking place. Although the primary goal of this organization is to provide financial education to women, their achievements far surpass this intended purpose.
While filming a class for social media purposes, I had the opportunity to see the incredible interaction between the teachers and those taking the class. It was really heartwarming to watch the effectiveness of the volunteers and to see how the students took advice to heart and changed their spending habits. To me, The Women's Resource is a powerhouse of financial education, yes, but is also a source of empowerment for women. The quality of financial education this non-profit provides allows females of all different ages all across Houston to truly become independent, develop new goals, and reach those goals.
In addition to financial education classes, The Women's Resource also developed Project LEAD to help younger girls still in high school to develop these skills before adulthood. This program contributes to the welfare and future of these girls. I am thoroughly impressed by what I've seen of The Women's Resource in my time as a volunteer, and know that the future is just as promising.
The Women's Resource of Greater Houston (TWR) has a mission of helping women and children develop social, financial and personal skills through education and experience. Primary tools are financial education seminars offered broadly throughout the Houston area, Project LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development for "at risk" high school girls) and funding of studies on critical issues important to women, children and families.
The reach of TWR in the Houston area is huge. By aggressively seeking new venues for the financial education seminars, recruting new volunteers and providing a package of materials for each class, TWR has become a major provider of financial education and leadership for women and girls in the community.
I am busy like every other working mother but I wouldnt trade my time teaching at NAM for anything. My stresses and problems are put into perspective when I teach the ladies (and sometimes men) about money. I know they have worked hard all day and had to juggle with kids to get to the class by 7pm. I know they are tired and probably scared about how they will "make ends meet". I try to identify with them through my past experiences and get them excited about getting out of debt and controling their budget and not letting the money/debt control them. Jesus said to love your neighbor, and they are my neighbors.
i came across this great organization before I relocated back to Houston. I had developed a passion for teaching financial literacy to the community over the past 11 years that I was away. Once I went to volunteer orientation I need this was the right organization for me to work with. I have done 4 presentations so far in my short time as a volunteer and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The people that I have presented to have truly been a blessing in my life as I hope I hope I have been in theirs.
This is a great organization. They recruit volunteers and let them teach financial literacy classes to disadvantageous women in the greater Houston area. I've taught in two of their locations. Organizers of this organization is thoughtful, friendly and intelligent. It was a bless working with them.
For the past 20 years The Women's Resource has been a leader in providing financial literacy and leadership skills for women and girls in the greater Houston area. Knowledge is one's best investment. The services of this outstanding organization can change lives at any age. That is evident in the essays for the "Money Makes a Difference" award that is presented at the annual luncheons. The work of The Women's Resource demonstrates that teaching skills can feed an individual for a lifetime while giving a handout feeds one for a day! When a woman can manage her own money, she can also teach others to manage theirs. This valuable group can promote the exponential growth of money management!
With a firm belief in the importance of managing your money I gratefully accepted a nomination to the board. Yer after year I was able to hear and see the impact our classes had on the "students" we taught
The mission of financial literacy for women and girls is critical to the economic well-being of our community. TWR is a shining example of business giving back to community and community becoming healthier and a better place for business. This is well-run organization that relies on an army of volunteers to carry out its mission. It is a wonderful partnership between corporate and non-profit. The organization is especially adept at streamlining the volunteer experience so that the community realizes maximum benefit from its volunteers.
Teaching basic personal finance and budgeting to low income women and girls has been very rewarding for me as a volunteer. The students learn how to control their money rather than it controling them. We provide essential skills such as developing and utilizing a household budget, understanding your checking account, etc. The women are grateful to learn something that will reduce thier stress and give them some control over thier lives. The organization makes it so easy to volunteer, they provide the curriculum, handouts and clients. We volunteers just need to pick a time and location to teach and show up. It's wonderful.