These resources are meant to be a starting off point for your journey, whatever that may be. If you know of an organization, site or group that could be helpful, please send an email to email@example.com or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) Directory. Find an accredited counselor to help you achieve your financial goals. (Disclaimer: I’m a member of the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® and will earn my certification by December 2024.)
America Saves. “motivates, encourages, and supports low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth,” according to their website. America Saves Week is a campaign to promote saving and investing in low- to middle-income families. It happens annually in April.
Clever Girl Finance. One of the largest websites dedicated to empowering women to take control of their finances. Check out the free courses, blog, mentoring program and so much more.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Government agency tasked with protecting consumers. Great resources in eight languages for budgeting, buying a home, making a consumer complaint and so much more.
Financial Beginnings. Promotes financial literacy among youth, teens and young adults in Washington, Oregon, California and Nebraska using materials that are accessible and unbiased. (Disclaimer: I’m a volunteer with Financial Beginnings in Washington.)
I Like to Dabble is run by Daniella Flores. Daniella is another pro at side hustles, whether you want to work one temporarily to pay off debt or you want to turn it into a passive income stream. But where Daniella stands out is the push toward remote work. Read their blog and follow their Instagram account for tips and ideas on side hustles, working remotely, negotiating pay and even interviewing tips!
IRS.gov. It’s a fact of life that we’ll all come into contact with the IRS at one time or another. The website is user-friendly with features that make life a bit easier! For example, you can check your refund status (you can download the IRS2go mobile app to check from your phone), upload documents in response to a letter from the IRS and more. Like with the Social Security website, you can also create an account with the IRS to view tax records and more.
Social Security Administration. Create an account to see your annual benefits report and use the many different calculators to plan your financial future. Not sure if you want to start benefits at 62 or later? There’s a calculator for that.
Unicorn Millionaire. My friend Charly Stoever-Johnson is a trans non-binary Latinx money coach. They will coach you on money mindset, investing, hacking credit cards and using those credit cards to travel. Charly also offers business coaching services.
Yo Quiero Dinero Podcast. My friend Jannese Torres is the OG of Latinas in finance. For me, anyway! Jannese is the ultimate reina when it comes to passive income. I’ve taken one of her courses and it inspired me to do more with my money and more for my community. If you’re looking for a way to build a side income into a business or you want to start a blog for passive income, check out her courses.
As a trained paralegal, it’s my duty to tell you that when you’re looking for legal advice, the best thing you can do for yourself is to consult with an attorney. Or two. Or three. Everyone’s situation is different. It doesn’t matter that your cousin’s baby daddy has to pay more child support for the same number of kids as your neighbor’s. Every situation is different. There’s a lengthy, but helpful article on the American Bar Association’s website with info on finding a lawyer.
How do you find an attorney? Start with your local bar association. Do an internet search for “[county name] bar association” or “[state] bar association.” Check their website and look for a dropdown menu that indicates help or assistance with finding an attorney. You might be able to fill out a form for someone to call you back or you can call.
- Check out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s article on how to find low-cost legal services
- do an internet search for “legal assistance [your city]”
- go to your local university’s law school website to see if they have legal clinics
- check with friends or family for attorneys they’ve used and liked
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). Even before I made an appointment to get a diagnosis, I used CHADD’s website. It’s got two support communities, one for parents who have children with ADD/ADHD and one for adults who themselves have been diagnosed. Lots of resources, including info for dealing with finances when you have ADD/ADHD. Support in Spanish as well.
Financial Therapy Association. Helps people understand how their behaviors with money influence how they think, behave and feel. To find a therapist, you can filter through occupations, identities, issues and language.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Grassroots organization dedicated to improving mental health. Website has sections for veterans, frontline professionals, families and diverse communities and groups. Use their finder tool to find a local NAMI chapter in your area.
The Trevor Project. Suicide prevention and crisis intervention for young LGBTQ+ people. 24/7. Includes guides for allies, information and resources and year-round via text, chat and phone for youth in crisis.
Urban Indian Health Institute. Based in Seattle, this division of the Seattle Indian Health Board offers a collection of resources for other Indigenous organizations and communities. Health care information for people with diabetes, elder care, vaccines and HIV, are just a sampling of the resources on this page.
Urban Indian Organization Profiles. This page from the Urban Indian Health Institute contains downloads and videos on urban health promotion. Further down the page you’ll see a filter for your state’s local clinic or health board that works with Indigenous communities.