Financial People

Together we are strengthening Skagit communities
The Financial PEOPLE Project (FPP) is “Peers Empowering Others by Providing Leadership and Education.” FPP was an IDEA born out of the Skagit Asset Building Coalition. Spearheaded by the United Way of Skagit County, peer led financial education sessions are regularly held with groups of low to moderate income individuals and families.

Recruiting Peer Leaders NOW!

The United Way is seeking a new group of Peer leaders for the Financial PEOPLE Project.  Since 2016, we have trained 10 peer leaders and 8 remain active with the project.  Now – YOU have the chance to gain useable skills in facilitation, conflict resolution, as well as financial stability.

Take a look at the flyer about the peer leader process and then fill out a nomination form!


Register now to be a Peer Leader

Please download the form first, then fill it out. Return completed form to

Peer Leader Process Flyer

Financial People Project Class

Final Report 2019

We had an exciting year, and thanks to you our program has grown! In total, 57 participants and 15 peer leaders have graduated from the Skagit Financial PEOPLE Project since it began in 2017.

In 2019, seven six-week sessions were offered in the community; 5 new peer leaders were trained, and 42 individuals graduated and received a Skagit Asset Building Coalition Certificate. That means 82% of the people who started FPP completed a certificate!

We were so pleased to welcome groups at Skagit Valley College and Mount Vernon School District this year, and honored to continue to serve students from Head Start, and Habitat for Humanity. The connection with SVC is particularly noteworthy: participants in any of the classes can apply to receive high school graduation credits from SVC when the complete the 6 classes.

We couldn’t do this without expert financial educations from partners at BECU, Bank of the Pacific, Banner Bank, Columbia Bank, Edward Jones, Junior Achievement, Opus Bank, North Coast Credit Union, Primerica, Washington Federal and United Way. THANK YOU!

Financial empowerment is critical to improving the health of low-to-moderate income individuals and families. Together we are strengthening Skagit communities and ultimately creating better prepared children and a brighter future for all. Rita Ordóñez

FPP Coordinator

The FPP includes two stages:

Stage 1 – Volunteer Peer Leaders participate in 22 hours of training where they learn key financial concepts designed to stabilize low-to-moderate income families and individuals. In addition to learning about resource navigation, public speaking, and group facilitation, Peer Leaders take a deep dive into 10 financial topics.

Stage 2 – Peer Leaders teach free Group Sessions in the community. Group Session participants learn about key financial tools, receive introductions to responsible financial services, and practice skills in a supportive “no-judgement” environment. Students who finish the Group Sessions receive a Skagit Asset Building Coalition Certificate.

For six consecutive weeks staff from local banks and credit unions present FDIC Money Smart lessons to students. Peer Leaders and group session participants learn about: Budgeting and Debt Reduction, Loans, Saving for Retirement and Education, Credit Scores and Credit Repair, Bank Services and Checking Accounts.

Since 2017, ten peer leaders have been trained to guide students on how to access responsible financial services. Thirty-seven students from Community Action of Skagit County, Goodwill Mount Vernon Job Training and Education Center, Skagit/Island Head Start, Skagit Habitat for Humanity, and Young Lives have graduated and received a Skagit Asset Building Coalition certificate.

Organizations who assist with financial education instruction incude: North Coast Credit Union, Skagit Bank, Washington Federal, U.S. Bank, Opus Bank, Banner Bank, Northwest Agricultural Business Center, Key Bank and Bank of the Pacific.

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