Giving people a step up.

Economic Opportunity

  • Overview

    We promote prosperity and hope through a powerful set of coaching and workforce development programs.

    No matter what your financial situation, we can help.  Come make a step-by-step plan to create a household budget, rebuild your credit score, manage debt or get trained for a new career.  From help accessing public assistance and opening a savings account to first-time home buyers programs, we’ll connect you with resources and help put your dreams within reach. 

    Economic Opportunity, By the Numbers

    Number of free income tax returns prepared in 2018
    Money returned to the people of Marin this tax season
    What a family of 4 needs a year to cover basic living expenses

    Everyone was friendly and the quality of service was excellent. Now I recommend the program to all the people I know. 

    Maricella (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Client)

    Success Story

    Our client, Marsha, began using Community Action Marin’s services in 2015 and was referred to our agency by a local nonprofit, Homeward Bound of Marin.

    “ I want to be able someday buy a forever home for me and my children,” she told her coach.

    Through her various coaching sessions, Marsha learned that in order to reach her goal she would need to decrease her expenses and begin to put money into savings on a regular basis. She would also need to pay off her credit debt. Marsha and her financial coach set up a realistic budget, which included $200 per month for savings.

    “I’ve been able to stick to my plan and I’m proud to say that I now own a car and I’ve paid off all of my credit card debt!”

    Marsha is elated that in less than one year she was able to bring up her credit score by over 80 points. She continues to save for the home of her dreams and currently has a sizeable savings.

    “The best information I got was through my coach’s advice and connections to all the free community resources available to me that I didn’t know existed before. Thank you, Community Action Marin!”

  • Programs

    We’re proud to partner with United Way Bay Area to operate a SparkPoint center, providing coaching services that create pathways to self-sufficiency.  We also partner with local banks, colleges, county offices, and other nonprofits to provide a hub of integrated services that put long-term financial security within reach.  Our Economic Opportunity programs cover:

    • Money Management 
    • Career Exploration
    • Credit Counseling & Repair 
    • Housing Navigation
    • Free Tax Preparation (during tax season only) 
    • Workforce Development and Job Training

    Financial Empowerment

    Navigating money matters sometimes requires a patient and skilled coach in your corner. Every day, we help people with some of life’s most basic financial concerns to help them get on the path to self-sufficiency.

    Support to Thrive

    We help people find their own way to thrive, financially and beyond.  Thriving is not just a matter of money.  Our expert coaches know how to help individuals and families design the lives they want and connect them to invaluable tools and resources.  From exploring career options and training programs to land a better job, to finding affordable housing, to learning how to access Medicare or CalFresh benefits, to starting or growing a small business, we’re in your corner to help you forge a path to your best life.

    Workforce Development

    We’re working to strengthen participation in job training programs, encourage more job training programs, and build stronger readiness pathways for people who need special support to become eligible for these programs. This emerging body of work includes our ECE Workforce Project and other new initiatives under development.

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