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United Way of the Bay Area and Wells Fargo launch financial counseling network

By Robert Rogers
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 3:14 pm in Cities, Politics, Richmond.

(from left to right) Amisha Patel, District Manager, Wells Fargo; Raminder Somal, Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo; Greg Morgan, North Bay President, Wells Fargo; Molly Carter, Development Officer, United Way of the Bay Area; Christa Brown, Community Mobilization Officer,  United Way of the Bay Area; Christine Poremski, Sparkpoint Marin Director, United Way of the Bay Area

(from left to right)
Amisha Patel, District Manager, Wells Fargo; Raminder Somal, Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo; Greg Morgan, North Bay President, Wells Fargo; Molly Carter, Development Officer, United Way of the Bay Area; Christa Brown, Community Mobilization Officer, United Way of the Bay Area; Christine Poremski, Sparkpoint Marin Director, United Way of the Bay Area

RICHMOND — Sparkpoint West Contra Costa County was one of five Bay Area locations awarded $450,000 by Wells Fargo as part of an effort to provide financial counseling for low-and moderate-income households, Wells Fargo announced Tuesday.

The money is part of a five-year, $5 million partnership between Wells Fargo and United Way to provide households with financial education, training and access to financial services.

“Wells Fargo is committed to providing communities more access to financial support services they need,” Greg Morgan, president of Wells Fargo’s North Bay market, said in a prepared statement. “We want more people in the Bay Area to feel empowered to take charge of their financial situations.

In addition to the Richmond Sparkpoint, four other area locations sharing the $450,000 are: SparkPoint Oakland, SparkPoint Solano, SparkPoint American Canyon and SparkPoint Marin.

Created by United Way of the Bay Area, SparkPoint Centers are financial education centers that help individuals and families with a range of services, including creating step-by-step personal financial plans.

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