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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP NEWSLETTER | FEBRUARY 2017 e v e l y n k d a v i s c e n t e r. o r g

801 University Ave., Unit 3, DSM, IA 50314 Main Phone: 515-697-7700 info@evelynkdaviscenter.org

Achieving Greater Success... COMMUNITY CALENDAR | FEBRUARY 2017 FEBRUARY 1

FEBRUARY 14

NCRC Test: 8:45am–1:00pm, Appt. Needed Secrets to Success: 10:00am–11:30pm

Financial Fitness Boot Camp: 5:30pm–7:00pm

FEBRUARY 2

NCRC Test: 8:45am–1:00pm, Appt. Needed Secrets to Success: 10:00am–11:30pm

WTA Q&A Session: 9:00am–12:00pm, Appt. Needed Digital Literacy (Advanced): 1:00pm–3:00pm

FEBRUARY 6 NCRC Test: 9:00am–1:00pm, Appt. Needed Digital Literacy (Beginner): 2:00pm–4:00pm

FEBRUARY 15

FEBRUARY 16 FEBRUARY 17

FEBRUARY 7 Financial Fitness Boot Camp: 5:30pm–7:00pm

FEBRUARY 20

FEBRUARY 8

NCRC Test: 9:00am–1:00pm, 4:45–8:30pm Appt. Needed Digital Literacy (Beginner): 2:00pm–4:00pm

FEBRUARY 9 WTA Q&A Session: 9:00am–12:00pm, Appt. Needed Digital Literacy (Advanced): 1:00pm–3:00pm

FEBRUARY 11 MLK Youth Summit: 9:00am–2:00pm

FEBRUARY 13 NCRC Test: 9:00am–1:00pm, 4:45–8:30pm Appt. Needed Digital Literacy (Beginner): 2:00pm–4:00pm

IN THIS ISSUE a Make The Most of Your Tax Refund! a Achieving Greater Success: Testimonials a MLK Day Youth Summit in February? a E  KD Receives Award at I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa a Save the Date: Masters Business Happy Hour

Digital Literacy (Advanced): 1:00pm–3:00pm

Closed: In Service Day

NCRC Test: 8:45am–1:00pm, Appt. Needed Secrets to Success: 10:00am–11:30pm

M–TH: 8:00am–6:00pm F: 8:00am–5:00pm SAT: 8:00am–1:00pm SUN: CLOSED

FEBRUARY 22 NCRC Test: 8:45am–1:00pm, Appt. Needed Wednesday Hiring Day: 9:30am–1:00pm

FEBRUARY 23 Digital Literacy (Advanced): 1:00pm–3:00pm

PICK UP YOUR FREE CALENDAR FOR 2017 What was your New Year’s resolution for 2017? If it involves improving financial habits, saving for future endeavors, or maximizing your financial outcomes, this is just the calendar for you. Each month provides informative tips and tricks to help you reach your financial goals. Stop by the Evelyn K. Davis Center today and pick up your free 2017 calendar from the Financial Capability Network!

FEBRUARY 27 NCRC Test: 9:00am–1:00pm, 4:45–8:30pm Appt. Needed Digital Literacy (Beginner): 2:00pm–4:00pm

FINANCIAL FITNESS BOOT CAMP

8249-02-17

Get your money clean for 2017! Sign up for this dynamic four-week workshop and take the reins on your journey to financial wellness! Workshops include: Financial Planning, Money Management, Budgeting, Credit Repair, and Loan Management. Next sessions: March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28. For more information, please call 515-697-1450 or visit www.fcn-dm.org.


MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TAX REFUND! Now is the time of year when everyone is eager to If you are looking to purchase a home in the next year receive their W-2s so they can prepare their tax returns. then I encourage you to use your tax refund money Before you splurge with your tax refund, ask yourself this towards the down payment. question: Is what I’m about to do with this tax money Save: A great way to use your tax refund would be to going to benefit me and put me in a better financial start a “rainy day” fund. Life’s mishaps happen to all of us position? If the answer is no, I challenge you to rethink and what better way to handle your plans for your tax refund. them then by being prepared Let’s talk about ways that with some money saved up? WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE You won't have to sweat it you can use your tax refund FOR YOUR TAX REFUND? to benefit your financial the next time your engine or situation. brakes go out, because having Alleviate Debt: One way you a rainy day fund makes those can wisely use your tax refund is by paying down debt. situations easier to deal with. Do you have a pile of credit cards and just can’t seem to Plan Ahead: Has it been a dream of yours to have your get them paid off? Are you receiving those annoying calls child go to college? If so, consider using your tax refund from collection agencies? If so, then using your tax refund to start a college savings account for your child so they to pay off your debt is the best way to go. won’t have to take out any student loans. By paying off your credit card balances and any Call today and set up an appointment collections you might have you not only reduce your debt to sit down with a personal financial (and the weight off your shoulders) but improve your coach and discuss a personalized plan credit score as well. on the best way to use your tax refund. Invest: If you have a home mortgage or a car loan then —Canesha Funderburke, Personal another smart way to use your tax refund is to pay down Financial Coach, at the Evelyn K. Davis these big-ticket items. Owning a home or a car, free and Center for Working Families. clear, should be everyone’s ultimate goal. What better way to do that than by using your tax refund money towards the balance (principal) of the loan.

ACHIEVING GREATER SUCCESS: TESTIMONIALS A risk worth taking: Leroy Johnson, a native of Columbus, Georgia for most of his life, is a proud father of two young men, ages 12 and 17. Four months ago, Johnson decided to make his way to Des Moines, Iowa, in search of greater opportunities for employment and higher wages. Upon arriving in Des Moines, Johnson found himself homeless and was experiencing difficulty with finding permanent placement. That’s when he was referred to the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families.

Left to Right_ Dwight Jackson, Leroy Johnson, and Bea Cisler

of assistance with online job searches from Talmadge Keown, Digital and Social Services Specialist.

The Center had managed to connect Johnson with temporary work, but he had yet to find something permanent. Finally, with the support and assistance from several staff members, Johnson got the break he had so JOHNSON EXPRESSED HIS patiently been waiting for. He APPRECIATION FOR WORKING attended the monthly job fair at WITH SUCH POSITIVE PEOPLE the Center and met with one of WHO ARE GENUINELY the employers participating in CONCERNED WANT TO HELP. the event. Clair Rudison, Job Navigator at the Evelyn K. Davis Center, helped Johnson prepare a professional resume. Johnson also attended the Digital Literacy classes offered at the Center, where he received a lot

“Melody Riley, administrator at the Evelyn K. Davis Center was so helpful, and personally introduced me to Bea Cisler, Recruiting Specialist at Hy-Vee,” said Johnson. He aced the interview and began his training the following week! When asked about his experience with the Center, Johnson expressed his appreciation for working with such positive people who are genuinely concerned want to help. “The overall experience was perfect,” he said.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY SECRETS TO SUCCESS, GET HIRED/STAY HIRED February 1, 8, and 15, 10:00am-11:30am Evelyn K. Davis Center; Series of workshops designed to finesse your interviewing skills and enhance your understanding of how to maintain employment. Workshops will also prepare you for the monthly hiring event. Cost: Free APPLICATION DAY, HIRING EVENT February 22, 9:30am-1:00pm Evelyn K. Davis Center; On the 4th Wednesday of each month, various employers will be on-site to hold mock and open interviews for interested applicants. Job developers will be available to assist with preparing professional resumes, and Men on the Move will also be on-site to make sure you are dressed to impress. Cost: FREE MLK YOUTH SUMMIT February 11, 8:30am–2:00pm Elim Christian Fellowship Church; Designed to teach youth that tomorrow's possibilities greatly depend on today's decisions. Volunteers needed; RSVP preferred. Breakfast and lunch provided, as well as transportation for DMPS districts. Cost: Free BOTANICAL GARDEN’S EDUCATIONAL POP-UPS Feb. 4, 11:00am-2:00pm) – Fonds and Fiddleheads: A Fern Exploration. Feb. 25, 11:00am-2:00pm – Art with Leaves Botanical Garden; Educational stations will be set up the first Saturday of the month, and a hands-on botanically-inspired craft on the fourth Saturday. Each designed to educate and inspire. Cost: Free with regular admission; registration not required BOTANICAL BLUES Botanical Center; Every Sunday for the month of February, escape the cold and enjoy a couple hours of rhythm and warmth. Concert line-up: February 5: Super Blues Sunday—Tina Haase-Findley and Brandon Findley February 12: Eastside Brothers February 19: “Blue 2” Bob Dorr and Jeff Petersen February 26: Brian Holtz and Grover Kirkman of the Brian Holtz Band Cost: Free with general admission MASTERS BUSINESS HAPPY HOUR March 2, 4:30pm–6:30pm Location TBD; discover the many benefits of joining a chamber of commerce, and enjoy an evening of networking with other entrepreneurs while promoting your products and services to other businesses in Des Moines. Cost: Free


MLK DAY YOUTH SUMMIT IN FEBRUARY? In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Evelyn K. Davis Center is collaborating with Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS), YMCA, and other sponsors, to host a day of service, fun and learning for the kiddos. Due to inclement weather, the DR. KING’S LEGACY WAS original date for the MLK Day Youth MEANT TO BE CARRIED Summit was postponed until a later ON THROUGHOUT THE date: Saturday, February 11. Even REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. though this day of service was postponed I think we can all agree that Dr. King’s legacy was meant to be carried on throughout the remainder of the year. And what better way to render this than to hold this event in February, Black History Month. Various workshops will be offered that will not only provide students with fun activities but also a lasting impression, applicable to many of life’s lessons. The Youth Summit will still be held at Elim Fellowship Church, at 525 E. 9th Street, from 8:30am–2:00pm. Transportation will be provided for DMPS students, as well as a complimentary breakfast and lunch. Participants who register will receive a free t-shirt on the day of the event. Approximately 30-40 volunteers are needed in order to make this event run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. For more information, please visit Evelyn K. Davis Center’s Facebook page or call 515-697-7700.

EKD RECEIVES AWARD AT I’LL MAKE ME A WORLD IN IOWA On Saturday, January 28, the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families received an award at the 19th annual I’ll Make Me a World, Celebration Day at the Iowa Events Center. I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa (IMMAWII), an annual enrichment celebration of African-American culture and arts, is a diverse collaboration of Iowans, highlighting contributions through education, awareness and preservation. This year the Evelyn K. Davis Center was nominated as one of the three 2017 Heritage Legacy Honorees. Dr. Marvin DeJear, Director of the Evelyn K. Davis Center, gladly accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for connecting the community to jobs and economic stability.

SAVE THE DATE: MASTERS BUSINESS HAPPY HOUR Financial Capability Network and Empresari@s at the Des Moines East+South Chamber of Commerce would like to invite business owners to attend a networking event to learn more about the Masters Business Bootcamp. On Thursday, March 2, discover the many benefits there are of joining a chamber of commerce, and enjoy an evening of networking with other entrepreneurs while promoting your products and services to other businesses in Des Moines. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided during the event. Make sure to come prepared with your business card and elevator speech! Location TBD. For more information and to register visit Evelyn K. Davis Center’s Facebook page or call 515-697-7700

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