This year I decided to try and give back more. The school I started donates $5 from every class taken to the Edmonton Food Bank, but money is a different thing then volunteering your time. I always think back to the parable of giving a man a fish vs. teaching him to fish and how it related to my life. Had I just been given everything without learning how to work for it, I would not be in the same spot I am today. Not everyone is as fortunate though and last year was a great eye-opener teaching financial literacy. According to the Wall Street Journal in 2014 Albertans had a current household debt of $124,800 which included mortgages, student loans and credit cards. For credit cards, over half of all households are carrying a balance. It’s a scary thought and I don’t think it’s going to get any better. Google “Alberta Personal Debt” and you’ll see what I mean.
Currently it’s just me in the group. Kind of like the kid who sits alone at the junior high dance. Whether people show up or not is beyond my control, but the help is there if wanted or needed. I have learned you can only do so much before the other person has to start taken responsibility. Benjamin Franklin put it best when he said “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
If you are interested feel free to contact me or show up at the scheduled meetings.