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Citi and CredAbility Join with IAVA, TAPS, and MSCCN to Launch Online Financial Education and Counseling Program for Armed Forces Members, Veterans, and Their Families

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Recent data shows that members of the armed forces, veterans and their families face particular financial difficulties. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who have served on active duty since September 2001 was 12.1 percent in 2011, compared to the national unemployment rate of 8.9 percent that same year. According to Debt.org, more than 25 percent of military families that have credit card debt carry a balance of more than $10,000, and a third of military families report they have trouble paying monthly bills.  Also, 2011 data from CredAbility of veterans who went through credit counseling shows that veterans ages 29 or younger have average monthly expenses that exceed their net income by $880 as well as average credit card debt of $7,234.

 

CredAbility ReConnect addresses these financial challenges with a set of online tools, education and counseling. Individuals and families served by IAVA, TAPS, and MSCCN will be able to access custom versions of the online program, free of charge, tailored to the unique needs of the veterans, families and survivors they serve. Members of the armed forces, veterans and their families not affiliated with these organizations can access CredAbility ReConnect at www.CredAbility.org/recon.

 

CredAbility ReConnect covers:

 

  • The Financial Impact of Deployment – Online courses to help military families deal with the financial implications of a deployment, including how to manage money while a spouse is overseas.
  • Easing the Transition – Online courses, such as “Understanding Your Military Benefits” and “Reconnecting Financially,” help ease the financial transition for those who have recently left the armed forces or experienced the death of a servicemember.
  • Budget and Credit Counseling – Personalized financial “check-ups” help users manage their money better and prioritize spending through easy-to-follow plans. Online courses help with wise use of credit, debt reduction strategies, and setting goals for a healthier financial future.
  • Debt Management Plans – Custom affordable repayment plans, often with reduced interest rates, fees and penalties for qualified individuals, help visitors pay down debt, negotiate with creditors and regain their financial footing.
  • Foreclosure Prevention and Home Buying Guidance- HUD-certified counselors provide guidance to individuals who are behind on their mortgage payments or face foreclosure, as well as to prospective homebuyers.

 

Free one-on-one credit counseling with a CredAbility certified counselor       is also available by telephone at 888-808-7285.

“A serious need exists for a targeted set of financial assistance services like CredAbility ReConnect,” said Mechel Glass, Vice President of Community Outreach for CredAbility and a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. “Young veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan might want to create a plan to make regular deposits to an emergency savings account and pay down debt. And active duty servicemembers might want to create a financial support plan for spouses and children during times of deployment or transfer, or in the event of a loss that leaves them financially vulnerable. CredAbility ReConnect will provide the education and counseling to show them how to accomplish these personal finance goals.”

 

“Every member of the armed forces has sacrificed a great deal in service to their country, and in addition to the challenges of military service, many face tremendous financial pressures as well,” said Suni Harford, Citi’s Regional Head of Markets for North America. “These brave men and women receive extensive military training, but far too few of them receive any kind of formal financial education. CredAbility ReConnect was developed to help these deserving men and women build financial capability and achieve long-term economic security for themselves and their families.”

Citi is an established leader in the national effort to support veterans and active-duty servicemembers, including those in the Guard and Reserve, and CredAbility ReConnect is the latest initiative in a  coordinated, firm-wide effort in this area. In May, Citi launched Citi Salutes, a one-stop resource that consolidates all of Citi’s       programs, products and partnerships that support the greater veterans community. Later this month, Citi will be helping to lead the second annual Veterans on Wall Street conference and job fair in New York, an initiative co-founded by Citi to develop career opportunities in the financial services industry for veterans.

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer  accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.  Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com       | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi       | Blog: http://new.citi.com       | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi       | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

 

About Citi Community Development

 

Citi Community Development (CCD) is leading Citi’s commitment to achieve       economic empowerment and growth for underserved individuals, families       and communities by expanding access to financial products and services,       and building sustainable business solutions and innovative partnerships.       Our focus areas include: commercial and philanthropic funding;       innovative financial products and services; and collaborations with       institutions that expand access to financial products and services for       low-income and underserved communities. For more information, please       visit www.citigroup.com/community.

About CredAbility

CredAbility is one of the leading nonprofit credit counseling and       education agencies in the United States, serving clients in all 50       states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US       Virgin Islands, in both English and Spanish. In addition, the       organization provides in-person counseling through its branch network of       more than 25 offices located across the southeast.

Founded in 1964, CredAbility is a family of Consumer Credit Counseling       Service agencies that includes CCCS of Greater Atlanta, CCCS of Central       Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast, CCCS of Palm Beach County and the       Treasure Coast, CCCS of East Tennessee, CCCS of Central Mississippi and       CCCS of Upstate South Carolina. The nonprofit agency is accredited by       the Council on Accreditation and is a member of the Better Business       Bureau and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC).       Governed by a community-based board of directors, CredAbility is funded       by creditors, clients, individual donors and grants from foundations,       businesses and government agencies. Service is provided 24/7 by phone at       800.251.2227 and online at www.CredAbility.org.

About Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation’s first       and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving       the lives of our newest veterans and their families. Through innovative       health, education, employment and community programs, IAVA strives to       build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable       leadership for our country and their local communities. Learn more, get       involved and join IAVA’s over 200,000 Member Veterans and Civilian       Supporters. For more information, visit http://iava.org/.

About Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

TAPS provides immediate and long-term emotional help, hope, and healing       to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to       America. TAPS meets its mission by providing peer-based emotional       support, grief and trauma resources, camps for children, seminars for       adults, casualty casework assistance, a 24/7 resource and information       helpline, and connections to community-based care. For more information,       visit http://www.taps.org/.

About Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)

Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and the Military Spouse Corporate       Career Network (MSCCN) were chartered in 2004 as private sector       non-profit organizations that provide no-cost employment readiness,       vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for National       Guard, Reserves, transitioning service members, veterans, military       spouses, homeless female veterans, war wounded and caregivers of war       wounded.

CASY-MSCCN operates as an employment partner to all branches of the       Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Coast Guard, through       Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs). In addition, without funding and       through its partnership with Kenexa and DirectEmployers Association,       CASY-MSCCN created and maintains the National Guard Employment program,       which provides training and job placement to returning National Guard       personnel and their families. Each of these high-touch programs is       supported by solid partnerships with major corporations, mid-size       companies and small businesses that provide employment opportunities for       our military-affiliated job seekers. Our state-of-the-art technology,       built by Kenexa, provides real-time, verifiable tracking numbers and       outcome reports to our employment partners, military services, and       donors. For more information, visit http://www.msccn.org/.

Contact:

For Citi David Roskin, 212-559-4767 david.roskin@citi.com or For CredAbility Scott Scredon, 404-653-8833 Scott.Scredon@CredAbility.org or John McCosh, 404-260-3108 John.McCosh@CredAbility.org or For IAVA Michelle McCarthy, 212-982-9699 michelle@iava.org or For MSCCN Amy Rossi, 804-943-3325 a_rossi@msccn.org or For TAPS Ami Neiberger-Miller, 202-588-8277 ami@taps.org
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Find Work Anytime: TAX Relief Edition

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It’s that time a year again, when everyone wipes the sweat from their forehead.  Some with a sigh of relief that their taxes are filed, others wondering if they are going to get audited, the rest out of panic if they can complete it in time or get granted an extension!  Regardless of the category you fall  into, this time of year can cause even the calmest individuals to lose their cool.

Wherever, you may be take a deep sigh and be thankful that tax day is over and it only comes once a year!  Now that the big day has passed we can focus our attention on what our future may hold.  Perhaps, a new job making more money?

If you would like an idea of the types of jobs to look at, check out this week’s Find Work Anytime positions, and thousands of other positions for military affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  The first three opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Convergys Home Agent Program, Customer Service, Anywhere, 60733BR
  2. Loss Prevention Specialist, Edmond, OK, 64382BR
  3. Center Customer Service Associate, Seattle, WA, 64356BR
  4. Outside Sales, Unit Parts Exchange (West Haven, CT)
  5. Temporary CNC Operator, Capewell Components Co., LLC (Cromwell, CT)
  6. Welder/Fabricator, Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. (Niagara Falls, NY)
  7. Billing Specialist, RPCN (Rochester, NY)
  8. Cook/Dietary Aide – Various Per Diem shifts – New Britain, Kindred Health (New Britain, CT)
  9. Dietary Aide – Various shifts – New Britain, CT, Kindred Health (New Britain, CT)
  10. Store manager – Fairfield, CT, Starbucks Coffee Company (Fairfield, CT)
  11. Store manager – Norwalk, CT, Starbucks Coffee Company (Norwalk, CT)
  12. 12.  Mgr-Customer Service Center, Suburban Propane LP – SLP (Uncasville, CT)
  13. Case Manager, RN – Full Time – Kindred DeLima, Kindred Health (Henderson, NV)

Words of Inspiration

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Deb’s Dish on Work Life

Don’t exaggerate your professional profiles on social networking sites because you’re much more interesting JUST the way you are! ” . . . Deb Kloeppel, CEO, MSCCN
Read Deb’s latest articles in Army Wife Network  and  Blue Star Families

Find Work Wednesday: Back to Earth Edition

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You might have read that a satellite recently fell from space.  I did hear NASA was going to cut back on the space program, but letting satellites and space stations fall uncontrollably to earth is a little extreme.  I was wondering if NASA is still hiring and do you have to be a rocket scientist to work there.

Like many kids I dreamed of being an astronaut and what earth would look like from a tiny medal capsule in space.  I remember the day when everyone gathered in 6th grade common room to watch as a teacher was allowed to travel up to space as part of the crew.  I also remember the collective gasps and the dead silence watching the shuttle explode. I remember that the teachers quickly turned off the television and ushered us back to our rooms in confusion.

Today, we have sophisticated technology once only dreamed of.  So when all of the outrage occurred over the satellite falling and no one being able to predict where, I thought back to the classroom so long ago.  How soon we forget how far our technology has come in the last 25 years! Where will we be in the next 25 years, maybe you will be part of the next breakthrough!

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first four opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “JobCentral National Labor Exchange”.

  1. Opportunities for Disabled, Aerospace, Nationwide, 51892BR
  2. Intelligence Specialist, Aerospace, Huntsville, AL, 51891BR
  3. Director of Flight, Aerospace, Kern County, CA, 51890BR
  4. Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace, Santa Clara County, CA 51889BR
  5. Student Career Experience, Aerospace, Hampton, VA 51888BR
  6. Technical Project Manager, Aerospace, Hampton, VA 51887BR
  7. Proposal Manager BAE      Systems (Sterling     Heights, MI)
  8. Director, Proposal Operations BAE      Systems (Sterling     Heights, MI)
  9. Mechanical Engineering Intern- Junior Raytheon (Plano, TX)
  10. Systems Test – Systems Engineer I Raytheon (Tucson, AZ)
  11. Mechanical Engineering Intern-Sophomore Raytheon (Plano, TX)
  12. Mgr I Manufacturing Engrg Raytheon (Dallas, TX)
  13. Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Aurora, CO)
  14. Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Aurora, CO)
  15. Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Garland, TX)
  16. Sr. Program Manager Raytheon (Garland, TX)

Find Work Wednesday – the Anarchy Edition

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Ahh, yes.  The time has come again.  The smells, sight and sounds are all around you.  No, I’m not talking about spiced cider, pumpkins, turning leaves, crisp fall days, or squirrels scurrying to gather nuts for the winter.

It’s the smell of the blood, sweat and tears of candidates in the throes of political ambition, competition, and desperation; the rustle of elected officials and their minions, scurrying through the hallowed halls of government, seeking political favor, casting blame and gathering ammunition to squash their competition.  Podiums across America are being dusted off and polished up, along with the images and reputations of many government leaders, to bear witness to a candidate’s credentials as he or she attempts to convince us why they should represent the voice of the people. Republican, Democrat, Independent, liberal, conservative, Green Party, Tea Party or any party in between, the start of the political and election season is underway.

As Americans gear up for another brutal (as much as we may wish it otherwise) election season, it is time once again to don the waders as we navigate our way through the political quagmire of campaign  speeches, political promises, baby kissing, lobbyists, fundraising, and lengthy debates.  I have caught up on all my old Army Wives episodes, cleared out my DVR, and am ready to fast forward my way through the next 14 months of political ads.

Whatever your political party of choice, there seems to be little doubt that come November 2012, the path to Washington D.C . (and let’s not forget our local legislators) promises to be littered with the unmet political aspirations, hopes and dreams of many a political career. As an act of public service, we felt that, for this edition of Find Work Wednesday, we would focus our attention on career opportunities for our politicians who may find themselves out of a job come November 2012.  We are making no predictions as to the future election turnout. But, if American sentiment is the same next year as it is today, we anticipate numerous politicians hitting the want ads.  Competition for jobs can be fierce, and, as we job seekers know, it’s never too early to get a head start.

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses, Veterans, and Military-affiliated applicants can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first nine opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with JobCentral National Labor Exchange.”

  1. Group X Instructor, 24 Hour Fitness, Los   Angeles, CA 51621BR
  2. Group X Instructor, 24 Hour Fitness, Colorado Springs 51622BR
  3. Personal Trainer I, 24 Hour Fitness, Phoenix,  AZ 51623BR
  4. Personal Trainer I, 24 Hour Fitness, Fort Worth,  TX 51624BR
  5. Project Assoc. Art Director, ESPN, Inc, Bristol,  CT 51625BR
  6. Talent Producer, ESPN, Inc, Bristol,  CT 51626BR
  7. Assistant Store Manager, Game Stop, Oceanside,  CA 51627BR
  8. Assistant Store Manager, Game Stop, Fayetteville, NC 51628BR
  9. Starbucks, Store Manager, locations nationwide 51394BR
  10.  VP Government Relations, Rolls Royce (Reston, VA)
  11. Executive Support Administrator-Vice Chair – TAS – New York Ernst & Young (New York, NY)
  12. Associate Director, MidEast Initiative DePaul University (USA)
  13. Government Affairs Associate GeoEye (USA)
  14. Communications Manager (Contractor) The Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC)
  15. Solyndra, Fremont, CA

Find Work Wednesday: The Bilingual Edition

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? ¿Habla usted español?  Parlez-vous français?  Parli italiano?  هل تتكلم العربية؟ Puhutko suomea?  Говорите ли вы русский язык?

Most of us who have grown up in the United States public school systems have been exposed to a foreign language or two before we graduate.  Even my preschooler has been exposed to limited Spanish phrases thanks to Dora, Diego and Handy Manny. But, for most of us who have not been raised in a bilingual family, we often lose or do not retain the languages that we are not regularly exposed to. But the ability to speak two or more languages definitely has its advantages to a job seeker.  Bilingual, trilingual or multilingual speakers are, ever increasingly, in high demand with employers across the
country.

We live in a global economy and a job seeker who can conduct business in a second language (or more) can definitely have an advantage over a monolingual speaker.  I work at a call center in Grand Rapids, MI.  (Not
especially known as an epicenter for cultural diversity.)  Our company, however, is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  We conduct
business with hoteliers and customers on 6 out of 7 continents.  (I don’t know of any hotels in Antarctica, but then again, I haven’t tried to visit!)

At any given time, we can be conducting business in as many as 30 languages from our office in Grand Rapids, MI. What a diverse, interesting, and unique office environment!  Keep in mind some employers will even reimburse for the programs to help you learn a new language.  So how far are you willing to go to get a pay raise or new job, would you learn a new language?

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses, military service members, and Veterans can be found at our Job Seeker’s page.  Opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN” and searching for the reference number. Additional jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with the JobCentral National Labor exchange”.

Spanish

Bilingual Relay Associate, AT&T, Augusta, GA 51381BR

Bilingual Back Office Medical Assistant, Concentra, Houston,  TX 51383BR

At Work-Paramedic/PRN, Concentra Ft Lauderdale, FL 51384BR

Product Developer I, Nike, Portland, OR 51385BR

Part Time Data Collections Interviewer, Convergys, Erlanger, KY 51387BR

Bilingual Customer Service Rep, Convergys, Jacksonville,  FL 51389BR

Mandarin

Bilingual Store Manager, AT&T, Flushing, NY 51382BR

French

Part Time Data Collections Interviewer, Convergys, Erlanger,  KY 53188BR

German

Bilingual German Customer Service Resolution Rep, Convergys, Orem, UT 51386BR

JobCentral National Labor Exchange Positions:

Find Work Wednesday: Teacher’s Salute Edition

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Did you hear that?  Listen close.  That was the sound of millions of children climbing the steps of a million busses to go to a million schools across the country.  That other sound you heard – the groans of a million kids heading back into the fray mixed with the sound of a million moms sighing with relief as their little darlings start another year of school, along with the sprinkle of a few tears.

This week’s Find Work Wednesday edition is to honor of the millions of men and women educators who we entrust with the hearts and minds of our future.  Since the school year has already started the ideal job may be elusive for a little while; there are many viable career options out there for men and women who know how to teach.  We also recognize there are many educators out there who have struggled in today’s economy with school cutbacks, hiring freezes and job loss.  However, educators bring some unique talents to the corporate world — understanding the tenants and principles of education; the ability to teach a skill is a valuable commodity in the business world – one that not everyone possesses.

We, as parents, send our kids into classrooms and impart on teachers and educator the task of teaching, leading, inspiring, challenging and caring for our children.  We salute all educators who meet this monumental mission with determination and triumph.  So if you are still looking, consider sharing your special talent with some of the companies below, they would be honored to have you!

All of this week’s Find Work Wednesday positions and thousands of other positions for military spouses can be found at our Job Seeker’s page. The first fifteen opportunities can be found by clicking on “Search for Openings with MSCCN”. The remaining jobs can be found by clicking on “Search for Job Openings with the National Labor Exchange”.

  1.  Military Base Site Coordinator, K-12, EF Warren AFB-Cheyenne, WY 50930BR
  2. Teacher-F/T Social Studies-Virtual, K-12, Statewide, OH 50929BR
  3. Advisor, K-12, Statewide, OH   50928BR
  4. Office Administrator, K-12, New Orleans, LA 50927BR
  5. Foreign Language, K-12, All States   50926BR
  6. Virtual Math Teacher HS, K-12, Grand Rapids, MI  50925BR
  7. Site Coordinator, K-12, Midwest City, OK (Tinker AFB)   50924BR
  8. Teacher HS Virtual, K-12, Lawrence, KS    50923BR
  9. Teacher 7-12 Virtual, K-12, Bloomsburg, PA 50922BR
  10. Head of School, K-12, New Orleans, LA 50920BR
  11. Teacher-P/T Spanish, K-12, Statewide, ID 50938BR
  12. Records Dept. Analyst, K-12, Atlanta, CA   50933BR
  13. Teacher-P/T French, K-12, Statewide, ID 50937BR
  14. Trainer, Ft. Lewis, Washington, 50499BR
  15. Sr. Military Science Instructor, ROTC, Bowling Green, KY, 50038BR
  16. Staff Research Assoc I #12828, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  17. After-School Staff, Melmark New England (Andover, MA)
  18. Curriculum Development / IEP Coordinator, Melmark New England (Andover, MA)
  19. Job Coach, Trinity Health & Employment Services, LLC (Bridgeport, CT)
  20. Geometry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Redwood City, CA)
  21. Network Systems Expert, American Tutoring.com (Hillsboro, OR)
  22. History Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Harrisburg, PA)
  23. Chemistry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Piedmont, CA)
  24. College Chemistry Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
  25. AP Calculus BC Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Fremont, CA)
  26. Writing Tutor, American Tutoring.com (Champaign, IL)
  27. Admissions Reader, #12833, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  28. Sr. Scoring Director/Chief Reader, Pearson (Malta, NY)
  29. Marketing/Social Media Coordinator (PT), Hillcrest Family Services (Dubuque, IA)

*Note- here is a helpful resource if you are considering teaching virtually! National Standards for Online Teaching:

http://www.inacol.org/research/nationalstandards/NACOL%20Standards%20Quality%20Online%20Teaching.pdf