The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults received a $10,000 donation from Unum to the Partnership’s I.A.M. Ready Center. The gift was given as a part of Unum’s commitment to give back to the community.
According to Suzanne Payne, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Unum, contributing to the I.A.M Ready center aligns perfectly with what Unum is hoping to accomplish through education giving. “Financial literacy is a key component to life success and we often overlook this vital part of the overall education picture” she said. “Unum provides financial stability during some of the most difficult times in life. Learning how to budget, save money, and build credit are all skills that can do the same.”
The I.A.M. READY Center is the Chattanooga site for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, operated by the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. The I.A.M. READY Center prepares youth aging out of foster care for the challenges of independent living so that they may continue toward success. The center serves young people between the ages of 14-26 who have spent at least one day in foster care after the age of 14, living in or around the Hamilton County Area. Services include a financial education curriculum that teaches skills such as: money management and budgeting, building a savings account, asset building, the importance of building and maintaining good credit, and how to decipher credit reports.
In addition to financial skill-building and support, I.A.M. READY Center participants have access to streamlined and specialized services within the Hamilton County community, specifically related to the key outcome areas defined by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Participation in these programs has been proven highly effective during the transitional period into adulthood.
Jack Parks, Director of Youth Services for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults said, “This donation will be a tremendous boost to our program and what we are able to provide our foster kids through the I.A.M Ready Center.”
To learn more about the I.A.M. Ready Center and other Partnership programs, visit our website, www.partnershipfca.com