CARE stands for Credit Abuse Resistance Education. CARE is a national non-profit comprised of professionals in bankruptcy, financial services, and business. We volunteer our time to educate young adults and others about the benefits of personal financial management and the consequences of credit abuse. Borrowing from our professional experiences, we tell true stories about financial distress and the impact it can have on one’s life.
- CARE is a nation-wide organization whose mission is to teach students and adults sound financial management principles while alerting them to the many consequences of consumer credit abuse
- CARE achieves this mission by providing in-school presentations to students at high schools and colleges, as well as other community groups
- CARE sends volunteers to speak for FREE. All of our volunteers believe in the message of financial literacy and are willing to donate their time to advance this important cause.
- Our CARE volunteers are willing to travel to most locations within the Greater Los Angeles community.
- Volunteers are flexible. We schedule dates and times that work for Educators and Community Leaders.
CBS Los Angeles Recently Joined CARE For A School Visit:
Emmy Award-winning reporter Kristine Lazar recently joined CARE Los Angeles volunteers for a visit to the Marine Alliance School for a presentation on financial literacy. Check out Kristine’s on-air and online reports, see CARE volunteers in action, and learn more about how CARE is making a difference in the lives of high school students in and around Los Angeles:
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Here Are Just A Few Of The Other Organizations We’ve Visited Recently:
- Agoura HS
- Alliance Collins HS
- Alliance Marine
- Alliance Tajima HS
- Ámino Jackie Robinson HS
- Ámino Pat Brown HS
- Early College HS
- Freemont HS
- Fulton HS
- Gardena HS
- Garfield HS
- Grant HS
- Kennedy HS
- Los Angeles HS
- Marymount HS
- Maywood HS
- Reseda HS
- Roybal HS
- South Los Angeles HS
- Southgate HS
- Temple Isaiah
CARE Los Angeles Chapter Leaders Interviewed on the Broadcast Retirement Network:
Chapter co-chairs Jeff Pomerantz and Sharon Kopman were recently interviewed on BRN AM about the challenges of consumer debt in America, the work of CARE Los Angeles, and tips for managing debt responsibly. The interview can be viewed here: Click Here to View
CARE Los Angeles Profiled on the Broadcast Retirement Network:
Jeffrey Snyder, host of the program BRN AM, recently interviewed our chapter co-chair Jeff Pomerantz about the work and impact of CARE in our community. The interview with Jeff can be viewed here: Click Here to View
Ready to invite CARE Los Angeles to your high school or community organization?
What is a CARE presentation like?
Focus on Credit
CARE presentations focus on the smart use of credit, including both credit cards and student loans. We also discuss bankruptcy, credit reports, credit scores, budgeting, and identity theft.
Meant for Teens & Adults
Our programs are generally appropriate for teenagers and adults and range from 30 to 120 minutes. CARE presentations are direct, interactive, multimedia, concrete, and relevant.
CARE provides training opportunities to new volunteers in the form of one-on-one coaching, presentation observation, and group training.
Presentations that Resonate
We are successful at resonating with people, in part because the audience appreciates the expertise and passion we have.
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“We partnered with CARE last school year and were thrilled to be able to offer such a valuable experience to all our students. They did an incredible job informing our students about the importance of financial credit and the pitfalls that young people often face when building their credit. We are not often able to get professionals to come and talk to our students about topics that are so relevant to their life outside of school, such as credit and finances. The team at CARE was very accommodating and worked with us to schedule presentations that fit our schedule. We look forward to working with them again!”
Donielle Westrup Alliance Marine Schools
“CARE volunteers have presented in my classroom on over 10 different occasions. Each time, I am impressed with the level of professionalism of the volunteers whose professions range from judges, to lawyers, to financiers, to bankers, to social workers, and even more. The content is real-world and information my students will be able to apply now, as well as when they enter their adult life in three years. Making students aware and educating them about the financial pitfalls that many young people fall into at such a young age is an invaluable tool that may prevent financial devastation for them in the future. I appreciate the commitment of the CARE organization and the many volunteers who donate their time and have made it their calling to bring this information to the young adults in my classes.”
Gretchen Reynoso Costa Mesa High School/Freshman Seminar
“Presenting the CARE credit use program to young people is an honor and a privilege. It provides an extraordinary educational experience for mainly high school students of a critically important life skill, particularly as it is presented to them by Bankruptcy Judges, attorneys, financial advisors and bankers who address the problems of excess credit use that they see in the real world. It is also an amazing experience for presenters such as myself when I see the light go on in the students’ eyes and as they start asking questions that show they are interested in the information that is being conveyed to them. I am grateful to CARE for allowing me to employ my experience as a bankruptcy attorney and parent for such as useful purpose.”
Robert Saunders Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
“Teaching kids about financial literacy has been one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities I have ever had. It is a shame that kids graduate from high school not knowing the difference between debit cards, credit cards and pre-paid cards and the impact each of them can have on your life. CARE has created a tool for these kids to kickstart and protect their financial health. The lessons are invaluable and the kids and their teachers show their enthusiasm for learning, which brings a warm feeling of satisfaction to me each time I present the information in the classrooms.”
Sharon Kopman JD
“I realized as my daughter, now a young adult, went through school that she never learned the basics of financial literacy in her classes. She never learned about the need for and establishing good credit. She never learned why or when she should use a debit vs. a credit card and what happens if you do not pay your credit card bill timely. As a bankruptcy trustee I see hundreds of Chapter 7 debtors facing financial issues, and I have come to I realized that that they too never learned. I feel we have failed as a system to help people understand the benefits and detriments of creditor card use and abuse.
CARE is the perfect solution. It allows us to help explain to high school students (and sometimes their parents) the whys and wherefores of credit card use, credit management and the need to establish good credit before credit is abused and they face filing their own bankruptcy. I am awed by the attention paid to our presentations and the insightful questions. My only regret is that we cannot reach more students with our program. I am honored and pleased to be part of this excellent program.”