Master Financial Education Volunteers

Join the Team! Master Financial Education Volunteers (MFEVs) receive training on topics such as developing a spending and savings plan, managing credit, risk management, predatory lending, 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. Ways to get involved include (Completion of MFEV training required):

Volunteers can teach this 6-lesson series, which helps participants take control of their personal finances. Topics for the series include understanding credit, developing a spending and savings plan, personal finances, traditional and non-traditional banking, insurance and record-keeping, and steps to get out of debt.

A personal financial management instructional course lead by volunteers, is designed to help those having already filed bankruptcy get back on their feet. Main topics include financial literacy and bankruptcy education.

A staff member or volunteer initially meets with a potential learning partner to assess how our program can best meet their needs. If mentoring is appropriate, the learning partner is assigned a volunteer mentor. Mentors then assist the learning partner in establishing personal financial goals and developing a plan to reach those goals.

Volunteers provide one-time workshops for community groups on a variety of financial topics.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers who prefer not to receive in-depth training are welcome to be involved in other ways such as helping with data entry, preparing exhibits and promotional materials, and assisting with special events.

Volunteers assist with youth-focused financial education programs used to simulate decisions that adults make everyday. These programs teach youth real world ways to provide for themselves as well as their families.

A state wide quiz bowl competition which test the knowledge of high school students on important consumer information in an entertaining way. Non-MFE volunteers may assist with this program; however, volunteers who want to serve as team coaches need to complete the MFEV training.

Why Volunteer

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Meet new people
  • Increase knowledge of finances
  • Share your skills and talents
  • Educate your peers
  • Build your resume
  • Challenge yourself in a new Environment
  • Sense of fulfillment and achievement

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)