Co-opportunity, Inc., partnering with the United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut and Hello Wallet, will use technology to enhance the effectiveness of its existing Volunteer Budget Coaching Program (BCP) and position it for future growth and replication. Co-opportunity plans to transform its current program into iCoach2Win.org, an online site that combines social interaction and money management tools with individualized planning and support. While the current program uses an in-person modality, Co-opportunity and their evaluation partner, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Financial Security, will test whether similar or better results can be achieved using a combination of in-person and online interaction and/or a stand-alone online model.
Co-opportunity’s mission is to create neighborhood stability and economic prosperity by increasing the income, earnings and wealth of low and moderate-income individuals and families. Co-opportunity’s focus on economic security is rooted in the belief that working families should always have the opportunity to get ahead. Co-opportunity is recognized as the lead organization in Hartford for financial capability, for which it received Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builder award in 2006.