Britepaths and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FECSoCo) are offering many services by phone and internet (eg. Zoom, Google) while government guidelines advise us all to stay home. Here is a list of free virtual one-on-one consulting and workshops to help with your personal finances, job search and more, and how to access them:
One-on-One, Confidential Consulting
Workforce/Job Readiness Consulting: Free, confidential consulting to help you refresh your resume, polish your interviewing skills and more via phone or internet. If you live in Alexandria, Burke, Lorton or Springfield, contact Sally Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org; for all other areas of Fairfax County contact Jill Beres at email@example.com. Click Here for Information.
Small Business Consulting: Schedule a confidential appointment to speak with a professional who will provide guidance with emergency loans, help create a business plan and develop effective strategies. Call 703.704.6101, email info@FECSoCo.org, or Click Here to register.
Tax Preparation Consulting: Available by appointment on Tuesdays. Preparation of prior year tax returns, amendments, counseling on tax issues. For tax filing assistance, must have access to a computer to complete TurboTax filing. Call 703.704.6101, email info@FECSoCo.org, or Click Here to register.
Avenues to Career Training 8-Week Healthcare Readiness Training
Avenues to Career Training (ACT) is an eight-week training session that includes job-readiness skills with the enrichment of math, reading and writing that are contextualized for healthcare. Our Spring session will likely be offered virtually (via Zoom) in April. Contact Sally Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or note your interest. Click Here for Information on ACT.
Call 703.704.6101, email info@FECSoCo.org, or Click Here to register
- April 2: Is Bankruptcy Right for You? Via Zoom, 1-2 pm: Presented by Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Find out what declaring bankruptcy can – and cannot – do to resolve debt problems.
- April 7: Coping Financially with COVID-19: Tips, Tools & Strategies, 2-3 pm
- April 8 & 10: Financial Literacy for Middle Schoolers, 11-11:40a: Free online class for Middle School students using the FDIC Money Smart Curriculum. May be accessed by phone or computer.
- April 9: How to Start Your New Business, 6 to 7:30 pm
- April 16: Financial Survival During COVID-19, 7-8 pm
- April 23: Tax Debt Relief Clinic, 1-2 pm
We know these are challenging times. Britepaths offers some limited food and financial assistance to Fairfax County residents by referral only. Contact Fairfax County’s Coordinated Services Planning office at 703.222.0880 for an assessment, and they will refer you to the most appropriate provider. For Virginia residents who live outside of the Fairfax County service area, dial 2-1-1 or visit the Virginia 211 web site.
Virtual Small Business Loan Assistance: Britepaths needs professional banking/lending volunteers to assist applicants of small business loans by phone or internet. We especially need volunteers speaking Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Virtual volunteers will assist in determining eligibility, gathering necessary paperwork, etc. We anticipate 1-2 hours/wk. Contact Dawn Sykes at email@example.com for more information.