“Strengthening Personal Finances Through Education”

What We Do

Our family financial management programs help Virginians learn how to manage their money effectively. Programs for budgeting, improving credit scores, pre-planning for home ownership, reducing debt, and preventing identity theft help secure healthy financial futures for Virginia's families. We operate programs within schools, in collaboration with community groups, and through other, more direct means. Click the links below to get more information on our programs, ways of receiving assistance, volunteer opportunities, and program sponsorship.

How We Can Help

Visit the How We Can Help page to learn about how we can best assist you in strengthening your finances.   

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to learn about opportunities to volunteer with NSVFEP.


Visit the Sponsorship page to learn more about our giving programs or to sponsor a month of financial education.


“[The program] made me accountable for my actions and I am much more conscious of the way I spend money!”

                                        ~Managing Your Money Program Participant

“I learned how to manage real world problems and costs...super effective!”

                                        ~Student Comment After Reality Store

“I learned how merciless the economy can be to the people who struggle with finances."

                                        ~Comment from a Poverty Simulation Participant

When and Where Would You Take Managing Your Money Classes?

Our "Managing Your Money" series is held periodically throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

The six-lesson series is designed to help participants take control of their personal finances. The series has a flexible format, with the option of taking the classes in any location in any order. Anyone who has attended all of sessions one through five will receive a certificate of completion. Session 6, on Getting Out of Debt, is optional.

The cost for the entire series is $17.50, which can be waived by receiving a scholarship voucher from a participating community services agency. 

Help us plan when and where to hold classes by taking the survey at https://tinyurl.com/MYMClassSurvey or https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9yRc7nLZJCiIcYZ to let us know when and where you could attend (only if you personally wish to participate).

If you would like to be on our list to receive e-mails about our upcoming programs (no more than once a month), please sign up at the following link: http://eepurl.com/bYpm9j.

Master Financial Education Volunteer Training

Virginia Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers who are interested in helping families learn skills to manage their finances more effectively.

Master Financial Education Volunteers receive 30 hours of in-depth training, after which they agree to provide a minimum of 50 hours of service to the program.

Training topics include budgeting, credit, banking, insurance, and debt management, as well as communications skills, group facilitation, community resources, and more. These tools allow the volunteers to provide financial education to learning partners through classroom sessions, individual mentoring, and other Virginia Cooperative Extension programs. Volunteers can also serve in support roles, such as program management, publicity, data entry, evaluation and more.

For more information or to receive an application, contact Karen Poff at 540-635-4549 or by e-mail at kpoff@vt.edu. Potential volunteers must complete an application and agree to reference checks and a background check in order to participate.

Get Involved Brochure (PDF)

Master Financial Education Volunteer Application Form (PDF)