CARE: Credit Abuse Resistance Education

Volunteer Profile Series: Hon. Rebecca Connelly, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Virginia

This month we are pleased to share our latest volunteer profile on Hon. Rebecca Connelly who is a member of CARE’s Advisory Board. Judge Connelly has spent over 7 years volunteering with CARE.

How did you learn about CARE?

I learned about CARE from a former law clerk to Judge Ninfo.

Why did you decide to serve on CARE’s Board of Directors or Advisory Board?

Serving with the staff and volunteers of CARE is one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.

What do you see as CARE’s biggest area for growth?

Vocational programs and community colleges.

Which of CARE’s values most resonates with you and why? (Empowerment, Inclusion, Collaboration)

Empowerment. Financial literacy education helps provide individuals with the confidence and knowledge to avoid credit traps and mistakes.

How long have you been volunteering with CARE?

7 years.

What has surprised you the most in the years you’ve spent volunteering with CARE?

How difficult it is to schedule a classroom presentation.

What is your most memorable moment or favorite story of being a volunteer?

The heartfelt gratitude from the teachers and students.

What’s the one takeaway you want students to learn from your presentation?

The difference between good credit and bad credit.

What message would you give to a volunteer just starting out?

Talk with the classroom teacher about the class and material the students are covering so that you can custom your presentation to a topic related to the class. If the class is primarily college bound junior or seniors perhaps emphasize student loans; if the class is non college bound or younger, emphasize budgeting and use examples the class will understand (how to pay for the prom dress or tux; how to buy a cell phone; how to buy a game console, etc.).

Why do you think financial literacy is important?

Financial literacy is the best defense against financial distress and financial crisis.

Each year, CARE volunteers, like Judge Connelly, reach countless youth across the country with empowering information that can impact their lives. Are you interested in being a volunteer? Sign up here.

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