November 12 2009 Ycabc Minutes

(November 12, 2009)

Present: Dave Gilbreath (CCCSYV), Luz Gutierrez (RCDR), David Hacker (Yakima County), Lindsay Jacobson (VISTA), Sylvia Martinez (IRS), Bill Stevens (AARP)

Call to Order: Dave Gilbreath called the meeting to order at approximately 9:30AM.

Minutes Review/Approval: The October 9, 2009 minutes were unanimously approved as submitted.

EITC Committee Update: EITC Awareness Day will be on Friday January 29t-30 at Morning Star Church. The time is yet to be determined. 2-1-1 will schedule appointments for Morningstar, Zillah and Selah. Sylvia Martinez mentioned a meeting that will be taking place on the 17th of November at Heritage University with Manny Lee from HUD. Lindsay, Bill and Sylvia will attend to discuss the possibility of future ad hoc sites in Toppenish. Lindsay and Bill also plan to meet with Sister Mary Rita from Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside to discuss having an ad hoc site in February. AARP training dates to become a certified tax preparer are Jan. 11, 12, 14 and 15 at Stone Church and Jan. 9, 16 and 23 at Harman Center.

Financial Literacy Inventory: Lindsay discussed the list of financial education opportunities offered by banks which Michelle from CCU has condensed into an easy to read, one-page table. Community service agency programs still need to be added such as Hispanic Chamber, Goodwill, La Casa Hogar, CCCS, Catholic Charities and perhaps others.

Bank on Yakima County Planning Committee: The October meeting with financial organizations was a success. Preparations for the upcoming November 17 meeting will be made later this afternoon with the “Bank on Yakima County” planning committee.

WABC Annual Meeting (Nov 5-6, 2009): Lindsay and Michele attended the WABC conference in Tacoma and provided a brief overview of the meeting. Lindsay mentioned a social marketing workshop she went to that encouraged each coalition to start using social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter. Lindsay also attended a workshop on Chex Systems called “Speaking the Language of Banks” and a workshop called roundtable discussion called “Sustaining Coalitions-Keeping the Momentum”. There was a positive “buzz” at the meeting about the early successes of our Bank on Yakima County efforts.

VISTA Application: EPIC recently approved renewing Lindsay’s VISTA position and recruiting has started. Lindsay reported the position has been posted on the Americorps VISTA website and and is open to the public through the eGrants portal at that website. We plan on putting an ad in the Yakima Herald to help find qualified candidates.

Review of WABC Legislative Priorities: There was a brief discussion of the new payday lending laws that will go into effect Jan 1, 2010. Consumers will be limited to eight payday loans per year and new laws will not allow borrowers to repeatedly pay existing loans by taking out another pay day loan.

Chair Elect: Michele Besso was nominated and unanimously approved as the Chair Elect for the YCABC for 2010.

Financial Aid Education: Luz Gutierrez recommending adding the topic of student loans/financial aid to various financial literacy classes. She pointed out that many parent and students are unaware of the high costs and oftentimes end up deep in debt. Dave mentioned CCCSYV includes this kind of information in presentations to high school and college students and other classes.

The meeting adjourned at 10:30AM. The next meeting is scheduled for December 10 at 9:30 AM in the EPIC Fireside Room.

Recorded by,

Lindsay Jacobson
Americorps VISTA