MSU equips volunteers to be money mentors

March 18, 2011 2:11:00 PM



Those interested in learning to help people in their community cope with tough financial situations and become wise consumers should plan on attending a Mississippi State University videoconference April 15. 


The MSU Extension Service is offering Money Mentor Volunteers training from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Extension offices in Starkville, Cleveland, Grenada, Magnolia, Raymond and Verona. The training is free, and no prior experience is needed to participate. 


Money Mentors are trained to share Extension''s money management educational initiatives with families, particularly those with limited incomes. The trainers will prepare volunteers by covering topics such as basic money management, getting out of debt, and preventing or solving consumer problems. 


"In these difficult economic times, there are many local families hurting financially and needing encouragement and support," said Bobbie Shaffett, MSU Extension family resource management specialist. "We are seeking volunteers willing to devote some time to mentoring and coaching families who need assistance in developing money management skills." 


Those interested in the training must complete an application by April 8. For more information and to get application materials, visit, or contact Shaffett at 662-325-3080 or [email protected]