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Finding Freedom: Resource Fair for Richmond Community

December 2, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. - The slow economic recovery has taken its toll on many families and individuals in Virginia, with more folks deeply in debt and worried about their day-to-day living expenses.

As a result, a public-private partnership was formed to connect people in need to the many resources available. A free Resource Fair takes place this Sunday, sponsored by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, where Holly Coy is the director of programs.

"It's really a community event to connect families and individuals with those in the community that provide services, whether they're a government agency or nonprofit, or even a corporation."

The fair will include a variety of vendors offering assistance with food, clothing and other necessities.

The holidays also bring budgeting issues to the forefront for many people, says Coy. Perhaps for the first time, she adds, many middle-class families are finding it difficult as they try to get by with less.

"There will be some folks who can help with basic budgeting, as well as those who provide direct services. Some of the service providers do things like financial counseling and financial literacy education - so they'll be available to help folks get connected to those types of programs."

The event is cosponsored by Master Your Card Virginia, a public outreach campaign of MasterCard.

Congressman Bobby Scott, D-3rd Dist., is scheduled to speak at the Resource Fair. It takes place on Sun., Dec. 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Northminster Church, 3121 Moss Side Ave., Richmond.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - VA